Project #1669

Project FOCUS: Art for Development in Uganda

by Project FOCUS

2008 was filled with exciting new developments which has given us momentum as we move into the new year. We'd like to take this opportunity to update you on our progress, upcoming work, and most importantly, thank you for your continued support...

To read the complete the report, open the attached document.

Cheers, Daniel


International development work requires trust and strong relationships with local partners. These relationship take time and effort to develop and cultivate. Before we rush into a new development project in Lyantonde, Uganda, important questions remain unanswered:

1) What are the objectives of the development project? 2) Who are the local partners that will help us implement the project? 3) What is the budget of the project? 4) How is the project sustainable? 5) What role is the community playing in designing the project? 6) How does the project address the needs and draw upon the assets of the community?

At Project FOCUS, we decided that the best way to answer these questions honestly and completely was to to send a long term volunteer back to Uganda for at least one year. This volunteer, in collaboration with community members of Lyantonde, will create the plans for a sustainable development project that will be implemented in the near future.

The primary goals of the volunteer are to identify community-development projects; nurture pre-existing relationships with organizations and visionaries in Lyantonde and the capital city of Kampala; cultivate new relationships; and establish a continual and active presence in the community.

The volunteer traveling to Uganda in September 2008, is Grant Buhr, a sound engineer and artist with 7 months of experience working with Project FOCUS in Uganda.

The estimated 1 year budget to support the volunteer totals $9,758. Costs include health, transportation, communication, living, meeting expenses, and emergency. Estimates have been derived from travel expenses incurred during Project FOCUS' trip to Uganda in 2007 where detailed financial statements were maintained. A more complete breakdown of the budget is available on the attached pdf document.

Help us support our volunteer with a generous donation!


In response to the early findings of the community assessment, a group of seven Project FOCUS members currently living in Lyantonde Uganda have begun a series of 4 art therapy projects with the purpose of educating, inspiring, and empowering local communities both in Uganda and the United States. A short description of the projects and their budgets can be found in the attached documents entitled, "Short AT Proposals" and "Total AT Project Budget." If you have any comments or questions, or for more information, please contact us at or visit our recently updated website Thank you for your support!


A comprehensive community assessment was conducted from July to August 2007 in close collaboration with a local community based organization called PARDI, Participatory Action for Rural Development Initiative. 150 households randomly selected in the sub-county of Lyantonde were interviewed by Ugandan staff using the Child Needs Assessment, a survey tool developed by the Task Force for Child Survival and Development (

Information about the community was collected concerning topics such as health care quality and access, family income and resources, basic needs such as bedding and clothing, availability of child care, education, discrimination and stigma due to HIV in the family, inheritance rights, nutrition, and the psycho-social well-being of children 8 years old and younger. The data from this assessment is currently being analyzed with support from faculty and students at the UIC School of Public Health. A report of the findings will be available this spring for distribution to local community leaders, non-govermental organizations, and donors.

The findings from this assessment will be used to develop appropriate and sustainable programs that address identified needs related to the psycho-social well-being of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. The data will also be used as a baseline study to evaluate the future impact of our work in the community. Although the results from this study are still being analyzed, some early findings indicate an AIDS orphan crisis without historical precedence: 30.9% of children 1 - 17 years old are orphans and almost half, 49.7% of households are caring for at least one orphaned child.

For more information about the AIDS orphan crisis in sub-Saharhan Africa, visit the Firelight Foundation website at, or


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Project FOCUS

Location: Chicago, Illinois - USA
Website: http:/​/​
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Project FOCUS
Executive Director
Chicago, IL United States

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