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Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda

by Foundation for Inclusive Community Help (FICH) Vetted since 2017
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Restore hope - Support & educate a girl in Uganda
Mentor Teachers and FICH after discussing LEAD
Mentor Teachers and FICH after discussing LEAD

We have exciting news!

Over the past three months FICH has been working closely with beneficiairies, teachers, and others in the community in order to understand how our education program could support them better. We learned that while our approach to mentoring is unique and impactful, it had room for improvement. This led to many team discussions, a lot of planning, and finally a new and improved youth education program called LEAD: Leadership, Excellence, Advancement, Discovery.

LEAD still targets girls in secondary schools in Northern Uganda. In fact, our beneficiaires will remain the same; only the approach will change. The purpose of the program is to inspire girls to become leaders in their community and perform well in school through weekly mentorship sessions facilitated by FICH team members and Mentor Teachers. Weekly sessions are interactive, informational, and help girls to discover more about themselves and their dreams. We believe that through regular, positive interaction we can help girls to become leaders, to be excellent students and community members, to advance themselves personally and professionally, and to discover more about themselves and the world.

Our approach focuses on four key strategies:

  1. Positive Youth Engagement: This approach is fundamental to working with youth. It focuses on youths’ strengths and opportunities for development rather than on things youth do wrong or issues that need to be solved. PYD focuses on surrounding youth with positive experiences, education, opportunities, and relationships that support their development

  2. Asset Based Approach: An asset-based approach focuses on developing youth’s “assets,” or positive experiences and qualities that are proven to influence youth development. This approach applies a framework of 40 developmental assets to measure youth’s well-being and likelihood of success

  3. Continual learning: Skill-building relies on allowing youth to continually build on the knowledge and skills being developed. Sessions will be linked to an underlying theme in order to support the continual learning process.

  4. Safety: The safety of youth participants is paramount. Youths' phsycial and emotional safety is neccessary for personal growth and success. All adults and youth involved will be made aware of their individual responsibility to promote safety. 

Stay tuned for more exciting news as the third school term of 2018 begins and to see the winners of our Term 3 Business Pitch Competition!

Reusable Menstrual Pads
Reusable Menstrual Pads

FICH education program responds to the needs of marginalized children and youth through opportunities to obtain second-chance education and job skills training to comprehend the understanding of future generation.

PROGRAM IMPACT IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS

  • PROMOTION OF READING CULTURE, FICH Partnered with Peace Corps volunteers and other governmental stakeholders in the effort to promote reading culture and love for reading among students through a national education program called DEAR Day. Over 2,000 school going children and students were exposed to reading materials and stakeholders have pledged to carry on their obligations on what hinders convenient reading among children and adults.
  • MENTORSHIP, FICH exposed over 50 marginalized girls to role models for guidance and counselling, mentorship and peer mentorship through a platform called the ‘Holiday Challenge Sharing Event’ which brings the girls together to share their experiences, challenges and derive solutions for these challenges together through the guidance of their role models every school holiday break.
  • REUSABLE SANITARY PADS TRAINING, FICH, with the help of experienced volunteers from Peace Corps, educated over 150 girls and women both in schools and the community on menstrual hygiene and making reusable sanitary pads which is a sustainable skill that highly contributes to a girl`s retention at school
  • MENTORS` TRAINING, for a multiplier effect, FICH trained mentors in mentorship and counselling skills. These mentors are the teachers of the girls and some community icons that the girls will easily reach to with their challenges for proper guidance. These trained mentors will be able to impart mentoring skills to the girls so that they will become role models to their fellow girls.

KEY LESSON LEARNT

  • A coordinated effort by partners and stakeholders together yields the best outcome and sustainability of any community development program. In our close contact with District Officials, School Administration and the District Education Officer, FICH has become more visible and implementing our activities has been successul.

KEY CHALLENGE

  • There is high demand for FICH second chance education in other conflict affected communities in Northern Uganda other than Oyam district, where FICH currently operates. This is because of FICH's current limited capacity to operate in a wider geographic location.
Beneficiary at Holiday Challenge Sharing Event
Beneficiary at Holiday Challenge Sharing Event
Primary student reads aloud on DEAR Day
Primary student reads aloud on DEAR Day
Silent reading on DEAR Day
Silent reading on DEAR Day

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Skill training
Skill training

Supplement to Supporting children & girls in conflicts with second chance education, Foundation for Inclusive Community Help (FICH) is deepening its strategy to prepare future of work and assisting girls and women acquire necessary skills, knowledge and rightful behaviors to compete in the job market. FICH is now addressing multitudes of barriers in a holistic and integrated ways through livelihood skills development, education, inclusion of boys and men as key stakeholders, markets and financial access for girls out of schools through careful planning, design and mobilization, access to sexual reproductive health information and services, promotion of gender roles equality and transformation in the communities and support to early childhood development programs for children age 0-6 years in conflict affected areas of Uganda.

There is also more investment in promoting equality and addressing education inequality that affect girls in communities and families.

With your support through GlobalGiving, FICH is now strongly determine and contributing to ensure inclusive education, promotion of gender equality and empower girls and young women economically and promoting employment opportunities among interest groups in post and conflict affected areas of Northern Uganda.

In the past 3 months, FICH has reached to more than 2,781 people with different program interventions described in this report with your support. You can read a short newsflash on “The Daily Monitor, a National News Paper” in the link here for some of intervention on the ground.

In an attempt to boost and scale up our support to the interest groups of FICH, we are thrilled to raise more funds during “Little by Little Matching Campaign” (April 9 – 13)! During this week GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50% with $50,000 in matching funds. Help FICH raise the most money to continue supporting these most vulnerable communities through the link to this project.

Thank you very much for your investment with us. Continue helping our Cause! Our success is your success!

Gender equality promotion in community
Gender equality promotion in community
Employment for skilled girls & young women
Employment for skilled girls & young women
Empowering schools girls
Empowering schools girls
Mentoring programme
Mentoring programme
Promting Culture of Reading
Promting Culture of Reading

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A beneficiary on her job
A beneficiary on her job

One beneficiary of FICH, Heddy (18yrs) was born in Otuke district, Northern Uganda where civil war between Government of Uganda and Lord Resistance Army (LRA) lasted for over two decades between 1986 & 2007. Heddy was not abducted but born in the camp where the father was killed by the rebels. She stopped in primary seven in 2011 after her guardian could not afford to pay her in secondary school and now she is the highest educated person in their family.

At the age of 9, Heddy was given little opportunities by her community and some close relatives due to many responsibilities and shortage of food during the camp moment in 2004. She currently lives with her uncle in Oyam district, Northern Uganda.

In 2015, Heddy was identified through a community sourcing of second chance education for marginalized girls affected by conflicts living in hard to reach areas of Oyam by “Foundation for Inclusive Community Help (FICH)” as those in dire need for supports.

As a result of psychosocial/counseling support provided to her, she willingly chose to go for a vocational training to make and repair shoes. When asked, why she chose making and repairing shoes which is traditionally the community puts that (making, sewing/repairing shoes) to be job/work done by the village old men or people living with disabilities, Heddy confidently replied, “I want to make a difference in my society and create jobs for other young girls with similar background and also bridge the gap of gender inequality in the business/job market” she also recalls that “I couldn’t believe that I had gotten another opportunity to return to school and be trained  with  vocational skills, I particularly feared the shame of learning vocational skills while my fellow girls are going to secondary schools. I even thought of giving up this opportunity, at one point, I also thought of getting married but I knew this would hurt me like other young women experiencing gender based violence. I accepted guidance/support offered by FICH that led me to be equipped with vocational skills and will make a difference in my life and community".

FICH sent Heddy to a vocational training centre in Lira town where she was attending the shoe making and repair training every Mondays to Saturdays for a period of nine (9) months. Sundays were her day offs to do laundry work and go to the church.

Interaction with her trainers and fellow classmates have encouraged her to accept who she is, forget her past and admit her status, background and re-focus herself to achieve life skills.

Her participation in psychosocial support and mentoring program that FICH provides to its beneficiaries, involvement in Village Saving and Loan Scheme and entrepreneurship training changed her attitude positively towards personal and community development. She can now rejoice and participate actively in domestic work with her Guardian.

Since going through shoes making and repair skills training, Heddy has become happier and her dreams have expanded. She wants to become a great entrepreneur and job creator. Her vocational skills training is making her to earn respect from her family and community.She proudly describes, “Our family and some members of the community always call me to talk to/advise other girls because of the discipline I have shown, they tell me all their hope now lies in me and this gives me a reason to concentrate and make a change and even double my effort.” Heddy is just one of many beneficiaries whose story reveals the continued need for FICH support to most conflict affected vulnerable girls in Uganda and beyond.

After being supported by tools, equipment and material as a start-up, Heddy is now making her money and started another business of poultry as a result of her shoe making business.

We are proud of your support which is creating a huge change in girls affected by conflicts in Africa continent through FICH. Bless YOU!

Local Embassy in Uganda visit to FICH beneficiary
Local Embassy in Uganda visit to FICH beneficiary
A tool
A tool

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Foundation for Inclusive Community Help (FICH)

Location: KAMPALA, Oyam - Uganda
Website: http:/​/​www.fichuganda.org
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Twitter: @fichuganda.org
Project Leader:
Emmy Zoomlamai Okello
KAMPALA, Oyam Uganda
$1,843 raised of $8,300 goal
 
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