Because of donations and support Kole Intellectual Forum, a Community Based Organization in Uganda is getting from the platform of GlobalGiving since 2018; the organization has grown its visibility from both: the donors at platform of GlobalGiving and also at the same time, it has greatly developed its visibility locally; and because of that, the organization is receiving donations on the platform of GloalGiving while locally, the organization has become that, that is always being invited to attend and input into Kole District Local Government’s Budget, and has also always find possible opportunities to partner with National Non-Government Organizations like: TWAWEZA East Africa that is today transform to UWEZO Uganda, The Apac Anti Corruption Coalition (TAACC), as well as with Kole District Local Government among others.
For instance on the 8/2/2021, at Kole District Local Government Council Hall; the organization, Kole Intellectual Forum, was invited by Youth Alive organization, being funded by USAID, for Youth Alive's Kole District inception meeting with the potential stakeholders purposely to prepare them to be among the few NGOs/CSOs that are expected to bring about a fruitful engagement in the district of Kole in not less than 2 months from the date of the meeting.
Kole Intellectual Forum in its program of Home Economics has learnt deeply that: sport can empower the participants, as has been noted that, over the last decade, sport has increasingly been used as a tool for empowering youth in developing countries. However, opportunities to participate in sport are often designed for, and dominated by, boys and men. Gender inequity and discrimination remain deeply entrenched and widely tolerated throughout the world, resulting in a devastating and cascading list of global social, economic and development costs. Limitations placed upon adolescent girls and young women restrict them from fulfilling their potential and play a significant role in perpetuating the world’s poorest economies.
That is why Kole Intellectual Forum has included sports in its program of Home Economics because the organization is aware that: the program can empower, particularly their girls, and can make them to challenge that gender norms that has been negatively practiced in Africa and world over for centuries. In this participation, the program is expected to offer to the girls an opportunity to build their self-esteem, courage and self-efficacy and it will the place where they can take up leadership positions and through sport programs girls are designed to strongly believe in their own ability increases; that will translate into everyday life – encourages them to take initiative, raise their voices and attempt things they never assumed were possible. Community members on the other hand are expected to see girls achieve in sport, they would often recognize their potential to achieve in other domains.
Lastly, sport can be a powerful tool and platform to strengthen social ties, networks, engage the community and promote positive messages. In short, wins on the field translate into wins off the field – One Win Leads to Another.
Is one of the criteria Kole intellectual Forum used for selection of the 10 girls they are training in their Institute of Home Economics at Aboke Sub-County, Kole District, Northern Uganda; when the idea of Home Economics was developed and widely disseminated in the village of Angic Cell. Bala Sub-County, within the same district where the targeted girls were selected; the organization conducted a number of tests among the underprivileged girls that had fallen out of school and they had little hope to be back to school in the nearby future; purposely, to justify their need for the program.
Unfortunately, only few of them expressed their need for it and that is the criteria the organization used for the selection of the present 10 underprivileged but needy girls that are undergoing training and performing very well at their institute.
To the surprise of the administration, the lady photo above; was well of received at the institute without any support from anybody including the parents; and, when the organization accepted to support her, she is now recognized as one of the best performing girls at the institute. Hence, Kole Intellectual Forum concluded that: not every poor person is a needy one but the poor that needs help is that one that should be supported other than supporting a person on the basis of his or her poverty.
In an African culture, parents do interact, negotiate, solve problems, express their emotions and treat one another with respect when they eat together as a family during several meals. It is a moment they learn how to interact and cooperate with the family members, have good manners and develop communications skills as well as passing out the culture from one generation to another
In deed for the last 3 months that the Institute of Home Economics has been instituted by Kole Intellectual Forum at Aboke Sub-County in Kole District Northern Uganda; the regular eating and sharing of ideas by the students and the staff of the institute has helped the institute to strengthen its ties and has built better relationships among the two team; it has also built a sense of belongingness in the institute leading to better self-esteem among them; and the community around are looking at the institute as a role model for those young generation that are interested to set up a good family in this part of the continent.
Following the observation at the institute, on a daily basis, the institute is receiving more 10 girls seeking for the vacancies from them; but the question is that: how can we address this alarming demand on the resources the organization is fundraising from the platform of GlobalGiving? However, the leaders of the is optimistic that, if more resources are realized they will extend the program to include more girls.
Girls share the cake: Togetherness at Institute
The staff shows them the spirit of serving @ other
Kole Intellectual Forum, a Community Based Organization that has started a program of Home Economics in its newly established Institute, with 10 girls undertaking the course; to plan for the launching of the program, around the community where the organization has been established in January, 2021, at Te-Okole Village, Ogwangacuma Parish, Aboke Sub-County, Kole District, the organization has:
Conducted a needs assessment.
Identified and knew the issues on the ground.
Set a goal.
Created a list of stakeholders to be reached.
Developed a strategy on how to launch the program.
Built a Coalition and has started engaging with key decision-makers.
Crafted and refined the messages to be delivered on home economics and.
are being tailored across a number channels.
On the 28/01/2021, the program was launched at the one of the home of elderly person that was outreached by the team of the Kole Intellectual Forum. He was advice and educated on the value of a good home from around November to December 2020; the advice he took it seriously, and by January, 2021, he sold a piece of his land and constructed a good house that you can see from the photo below. On seeing this, many people who attended the function and listened to the campaign of Kole Intellectual Forum on the value of good home in Home Economics, are promising to do the same.
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