Help Ugandan Organizations Help Themselves

by Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment
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Hello Friends,

The first half of 2016 has been a whirlwind of progress and positive change. In support of our mission to help local Ugandan nonprofit organizations provide desperately needed services we have added staff members, expanded services and provided our local partners with more support and funds than ever before.

Our Ugandan staff, Fellows and international interns have worked tirelessly to achieve our common goal of enabling and supporting community driven development. Together in partnership with over 40 local Ugandan organizations, FCDE continues to increase our positive impact in the Ugandan Districts we serve.

Most recenltly we have partnered with eight new local organizations in our Rukungiri site. Our team in Rukungiri, Uganda welcomed new partner organizations that support literacy, agribusiness, health and advocacy for people with disabilities.   

Our staff continues to bring passion, personal committment and new ideas to our programs. Most recently Global Health Corps (www.ghcorps.org) placed two new Fellows with our organization.  These bright, motivated health professionals bring new skills and talents to enhance our technical and direct support of our local partners.

Looking forward, there is much more to do. Donors like yourself continue to be intergral to the ongoing sucess and sustainability of our work.  Thank you for your past support and I hope that you will be able to continue support of the work FCDE does in East Africa.

Regards,

Eric Younger

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Hello from the Uganda FCDE Team,

It has been a wonderfully busy and productive last few months.  In addition to our continued work with more than 50 local grass-roots organizations in Uganda our partner organizations have had a numbe rof exciting successes. 

Much of FCDE's work focuses on helping local organization be more self-sufficient in raising funds and developing strategies that provide revenue needed for them to survive and thrive. In this update we wanted to highlight one of our partners who just received a grant from LUSH.

Disability is Not Inability: Spotlight on Kasese Group of People with Disabilities

Faced with discrimination, isolation and exclusion, people with disabilities (PWDs) are one of many marginalized groups in society. When paired with a lack of understanding and the idea they cannot perform to the level of people without disabilities, everyday living becomes an oppressive experience and progress for PWDs is seen as an anomaly. In 1995, a group of people with disabilities came together to create a platform to dispel these myths. This group, Karambi Group of People with Disabilities (KAGPWD), works to uplift welfare and standards of living, while influencing decision making and policy in Kasese District to reflect the needs of all citizens.

Like many organizations, KAGPWD is filled with passionate people but often struggled with ways to grown the organization and expand their services. Concepts of program management, proposal writing and organizational development proved to be challenging. Ultimately, they faced the reality of wanting to increase their impact but not knowing the best way do so.

In 2013, KAGPWD applied for the Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment’s (FCDE) 18-month capacity building program, which focuses on best practices in building and sustaining an organization. Upon completion of this rigorous program, they became an official local partner organization (LPO) and continued to focuse on ways to bring greater sustainability to their programming. They applied for a fund within FCDE and were rewarded a grant of 3 Million Uganda Shillings to support a candle making, shopping bag and basket income generating project for their beneficiaries. After expressing the need to improve their advocacy initiatives, FCDE also helped KAGPWDs secure an intern to formalize a community advocacy program which concluded in September 2015. In the same instance, they received 8 Million Uganda Shillings from the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU) to continue their sensitization of PWDs on the impact of HIV/AIDS.

Putting Capacity Building to Work

FCDE’s work in rural communities is indicative of the needs of many organizations that believe the work is valuable and can be sustained. Where can rural organizations go when they want to improve their program implementation? Or produce materials for advocacy projects? Or find out about grants or even draft proposals? Many organizations work in places that often lack access to power. Are these populations to be neglected?

We work to provide the solutions to those problems. Recognizing the need for operational support for LPOs, we run a Resource Center free of charge to LPOs to give them the tools to carry out their projects. Additionally, we provide free one on one consulting sessions because we recognize that learning is a continual process and we want our LPOs to succeed.

It’s great to see KAGPWDs not only survive but thrive because it takes a particular level of commitment to continue working in the face of operational, environmental and societal obstacles. Nonetheless, KAGPWDS continues to be an inspiration and brings FCDE’s support in the community to life.

Recently, KAGPWDs applied for the Sustainable Lush Fund (SLush). This fund was created by the Lush cosmetic company, a producer of fresh handmade products, as a way to create partnerships with communities and promote sustainable farming. Prior to partnership with FCDE, they applied for the fund but received no response, but after going through our program and participating in consulting sessions, they decided to apply again. This time they were successful.

LUSH awarded them with a £3275 (13,755,200 Uganda Shillings) food forest production grant to plant 100 fruit (50 mangoes, 30 marinas and 20 orange) trees and 5,000 environmental friendly trees (Casisia and Musizi). The grant will also help to establish a tree nursery bed for producing coffee seedlings and grafting of fruit trees for sale.

The money generated from the sale coffee seedlings, fruit seedlings and later from the sale of fruits and wood shall be used to facilitate community based development and income generating projects targeting PWDs and their families in Mpondwe Lhubiriha Town Council and Karambi Sub County, Kasese district in Uganda.

Moreover, LUSH introduced KAGPWDS to permaculture farming[1] and they have participated in a three day training with the Permaculture Research Institute in Kenya (PRI).

The food forest will be located on four of the six acres managed by KAGPWDS and will also improve the environment by minimizing soil erosion in the area.

FCDE wants to thank all of you for helping to make success stories like this possible.

Making Candles
Making Candles
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Candle Making

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Training at Agape of Hope
Training at Agape of Hope

Hello Friends,

It is a really exciting time for our organization and the work we do in Uganda. Our work now includes partnerships with over 40 community-based organizations. In turn, these organizations provide health, HIV/AIDS, economic development and woman's empowerment services to over 10,000 rural Ugandans.


These partnerships with hard-working, dedicated community-based organizations are the key to our vision of changing the lives of impoverished rural Ugandan communities. We help build the capacity of these organizations so that they can provide desperately needed services to a wider group of people.


Today I want to share a wonderful success story of one of our partners, Agape of Hope. We started our partnership with Agape in 2013. At that time Agape had 2 staff members and an annual budget of less than $1,500. They were a hard-working group of concerned community members who were doing what they could to help young women who had dropped out of school and were at risk for exploitation.


Through our work together, Agape was able to strengthen their existing program of providing vocational training for young women who were forced to drop out of school early. They also dreamed of being able to provide programs that would keep these women from having to drop out of school in the first place.


FCDE’s Ugandan staff worked tirelessly to help make this dream a reality. Agape of Hope received technical support on grant and program development in addition to other technical skills necessary for initiating this ambitious project.
Agape of Hope, using the free computers and internet services provided by FCDE’s resource center, was able to find potential funding for their program. With our support they wrote a grant proposal that was funded for $40,000. Quite a huge step forward for the group and a giant step towards addressing the high dropout rate of young women at local high schools.


We will continue to provide support to Agape of Hope as they implement this project. We will work to ensure good fund management, good project reporting and helping to monitor and evaluate the success of the program. In this way we hope not only to get funding for organizations but to also ensure success over the long term.
This is a perfect example of the how our organization works best; ensuring that existing, local organizations survive and thrive so that they can make change happen.


We want to thank you for your support in making this work possible and would love to have your continued support.

Warm Regards,
Eric

Sewing Training
Sewing Training
Donated equipment
Donated equipment
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Farmers & Ndongo Executive Director
Farmers & Ndongo Executive Director

The Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE) works to maximize economic, social and environmental opportunities of organizations at the frontline of community development. The FCDE partnership model focuses on fostering sustainable development by supporting local organizations possessing a vision and who actively work to address their communities’ needs. FCDE believes if organizations have the technical knowledge, personnel and funding to run effectively, they will make a lasting impact in their communities.

Ndongo United Herbalists’ Association (Ndongo), a local partner organization, is an organization FCDE continues to support because of your generous donations. Working in Bwera, Mukunyu and Nyakiyumbu subcounties in Kasese District Uganda, Ndongo is taking a new approach to poverty alleviation and malnutrition by providing education and training, environmental awareness and farming best practices to its program participants.

According to The Cost of Hunger in Africa report, Uganda loses UGS 1.8 trillion (US$899 million) annually- about 5.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product - due to the effects of malnutrition. Ndongo helps households establish kitchen gardens, make herbal medicines, has provided food supplements to over 180 households and helps community members find new ways to address their health concerns. “People are suffering from malnutrition and poor health, especially pregnant women, children and adults. We give households the support to fight it,” says Thembo Boniface, Ndongo executive director.

Recognizing the availability of nutritionally viable food is only one piece of the puzzle, support is given to local farmers to maximize their production.  Florence Idembe, a staff member of Ndongo, mentions, “Farming can be a lucrative business for the community. We teach people not to just plant for their stomachs. Subsistence farmers can become commercial farmers.”

Zaulia K, a member of the Ndongo Cooperative- a program of Ndongo, now feels different about her farming. Zaulia has been farming for 25 years and comes from a family of farmers. Before joining the cooperative, she would mix crops on the same land and cultivated haphazardly. “There are times when my ½ an acre of beans would only yield 80 kg. Now I plant groundnuts. On one acre I planted groundnuts of 14 kg and my output was 280 kg. Ndongo even helps me market my harvest. I am seeing profits.” Regina K is able to be proactive about her farming, “My goal is to increase my farm from half an acre to two acres in the next two to three years. Ndongo United’s continued support in bulking harvested crops helps me raise money to acquire what I am dreaming of.”

Capacity Building for Community Led Initiatives

FCDE’s brand of sustainable development embraces the importance of local people and thoughtful capacity building. With implementing offices in Kasese and Rukunigiri, the foundation accepts 8-10 organizations for each office yearly to be local partners. These organizations are grouped into cohorts and receive ongoing support in the form of technical assistance, strategic partnership development, one on one consulting with staff and resource mobilization. Organizations selected for each cohort are committed to meeting their missions, actively work in their local communities and share a willingness to improve service delivery and quality of programming. Their projects are entirely locally led and are sustained by community members.

“Before FCDE, managing the organization was difficult, such things like a needs assessment and baseline survey were nonexistent. The foundation has helped us create an organizational structure and improve our program implementation and reporting. They are supportive and guide you through processes and follow up with you to see your progress. With their support, we have secured an 8 million UGX grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Trainers Network (SATNET) to expand our work. We can now better support our program participants” says Boniface.

Because of your donation, FCDE can continue to support organizations like Ndongo and help them better serve their communities. Your donation ensures sustainable development in some of Uganda's most underserved communities. 

To learn more about FCDE’s work and the organizations it supports visit www.internationalcommunitydevelopment.org.

Josinta Nyakato- Ndongo Farmer
Josinta Nyakato- Ndongo Farmer

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Small Holder Farmer in His Plot
Small Holder Farmer in His Plot

Hello Supporters of FCDE and Grassroots Development,


It has been a busy summer for our organization and the community development work we carry out. Your donations and support have allowed us to expand and support hundreds more beneficiaries. In this update I want to share one of our Local Partner Organization's incredible work.
Munkunyu Joint is a small Ugandan grassroots organization that formed to help raise nutrition and income in their community. The vast majority of people from this area are small subsistence farmers with less than a quarter acre for cultivation.

In addition to providing free education for their staff, consulting services for their projects and access to computers and printing resources, FCDE has made a grant to Munkunyu Joint to initiate an income generating program. These small grants are one of many ways FCDE helps pull people out of extreme poverty and give them opportunities to make a better life.

In this grant, Munkunyu Joint designed a one year project to equip 40 small holder farmers in Munkunyu Sub County with skills in agronomic practices. These included land preparation, seed selection, weeding, pests and disease control, soil and water management, post harvesting and marketing for increased beans production. The farmers were trained in a class setting and in their gardens in order for them to learn and adopt improved agronomic practices. When the skills have been adopted and applied by the target farmers, their beans production will increase hence leading to increased incomes as they sale the harvested bean. Munkunyu will also help the farmers get a better price for their excess beans by collecting and bulking the beans.

Munkunyu is an excellent example of how FCDE works with local partners to address root issues of poverty and inequality. Please look through the attached photos to get a better sense of the people, place and work being done through our programs in Western Uganda.

Thank you again for the support that has made this work possible and please consider continuing your support of our work.

Regards,
Eric

Small Farmer at Her Plot
Small Farmer at Her Plot
Munkunyu Group Apprciation for FCDE
Munkunyu Group Apprciation for FCDE
Munkunyu Group Picking up Initial Bean Seeds
Munkunyu Group Picking up Initial Bean Seeds
Small Holder Farmers Picking up Bean Seeds
Small Holder Farmers Picking up Bean Seeds
Munkunyu bean bulking to help get better prices
Munkunyu bean bulking to help get better prices

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