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SIRIBA Adopt a Community

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Financing

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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Uganda

Location: Siriba, Bweyale

Total Budget: $106,500

Areas of Focus: Water and sanitation, Economic and community development


Credit Card Fundraising

Fundraising Goal:

$1,200

Already Donated:

$1,200

Still Needed:

-

The project partners were seeking individual donations to bridge a funding gap. All the funds were raised. Many thanks to the donors. Please check the project financing on the "Financing" tab.

1. Background and Motivation for Intervention

During the 20 years of conflict in Northern Uganda between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda, under the leadership of Joseph Kony, LRA targeted villages to mainly abduct and force children and youth to join rebels. This led to massive internal displacement: An estimated 1.8 million people the majority being women/widows and children/orphans whose spouses and parents respectively had either been killed or were abducted, moved to camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Kiryandongo, then a relatively secure district bordering Northern Uganda, is one of those districts that received a large influx of IDPs.

The settlement of the IDPs in Kiryandongo created a set of complex challenges, not only amongst IDPs themselves but also to the rest of the community regarding resettlement and reintegration. One of the biggest challenges was and remains inability to access and own land as an economic resource. The circumstances were extremely difficult especially for women/widows who needed to provide for their families away from the IDP camps that they themselves were a severe challenge for this group. Over time, those that owned land in the areas gradually realized the value of land and started renting it out to those that were homeless for the construction of temporary shelters and cultivation of food. On average, one acre of land is rented at 100,000 UGX ($27) per year, which the majority of the women cannot afford.

Today, one of the direct and compounding consequences of this kind of marginalization is failure to send children to school. Although Uganda has implemented a policy on free education for primary and secondary school levels, women/widows in Kiryandongo still face major challenges: much as the education is regarded 'free', for a children to be able to go to school, every parent must be in position to provide most of the scholastic materials such as uniforms, books, pens and pencils - which this group cannot afford.

As a means to provide a durable solution to this problem, a group of widows decided to come together and formed a saving group, the OPIT-KIC Widows Group which is loosely translated to mean, 'Let us feed the orphans.' The core objective of the OPIT-KIC is to bring widows together, support each other, save money, invest and generate income to meet some of the need such as being able to afford to rent land for cultivation, buy scholastic materials for children and provide shelter, food and clothing for their families. OPIT-KIC consists of 130 members (mainly widows) and within the group; there are 4 different saving groups. The groups save and manage finances separately but are joined by a common cause of feeding orphans and improving household incomes and the community. It is a combination of both the challenges and this community effort to self-help that has motivated the Rotary Club of Kampala North (RCKN) to plan supportive interventions. RCKN proposes to pitch its community empowerment and service interventions through the OPTI-KIC Widow's Group over a period of at least 4 years.

2. Community Assessment

According to the 2014 National Housing Population census, Kiryandongo district stands at a total population of 268,188 with a geographical area of 3,624.1km2. It consists of 4 Sub-counties, 30 parishes and 22 villages. The OPTI-KIC Widow's Group is stationed in Siriba village located on the main Gulu high way in Kiryandongo district, North-Western Uganda. It is 225 kilometers from Kampala and takes approximately 3 and half hours drive by road. The Southern Ward Parish which consists of two villages, Nyakadot and Siriba has a total population of 7,658 of which 3,722 are Males and 3,936 Females.

While conducting the community assessment (enclosed), a wide range of resources that would help the implementation of the project were identified. These include: Land for agriculture (this has to be hired), community labour by both women and men including the youth; electricity (Hydro Electric Power); free space to construct storage facilities within reasonable distance; semi-skilled labour and health workers e.g nurses and clinical officers who are mostly children of the OPIT-KIC members.

The key challenges were identified as: Lack of capital to boost the revolving fund; Lack of funding for income generating activities particularly agriculture; Low yields from agriculture; Limited healthcare services; Limited water sources and no safe drinking water; Low soil fertility; Lack of financial management and record keeping skills; Lack of technical training for youth; Poor access to land ownership; and poor access to education particularly for orphaned children and youth.

3. Interventions agreed with the community:

3.1 Agriculture.

i. Secure communal land for the OPTI-KIC that shall be used for agricultural projects.

ii. Provide training on improved agricultural methods as well as implements like ox-ploughs; and awareness of and access to markets

iii. Construct a communally owned grinding mill and storage facilities

iv. Strengthen loan facilities (skills, equipment, and capital).

3.2 Healthcare.

i. Establishment of primary healthcare facilities and training in health-seeking behaviour

ii. Guide the development and training of Village Health Teams (VHTs).

iii. Support inputs activities and inputs for disease prevention and treatment.

3.3 Water and sanitation.

Implement a comprehensive Water and Sanitation for the community (potable water sources; pit-latrines; sanitary habits; village water and sanitation committees).

3.4 Education

Work with the two selected primary schools to mount programmes that will lead to improved health; higher school attendance; and improved academic performance.

4 Budget

The preliminary budget, subject to further discussion with Rotary partners and the community, is USD $106,500. (Kampala North would contribute $5,000 to the project, and D9211 DDF $10,000).

Primary Host Partner

District: 9211

Rotary Club of: Kampala-North

Primary Contact: Francis Tusubira

Email: fftusu@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 7040

Rotary Club of: Cataraqui-Kingston

Primary Contact: Bill Gray

Email: billgrayrotary@gmail.com

Project Status

Paid
This project is "Paid". This means the funds have been received and the project is being implemented.

Project listed for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1745467.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Kampala-North (9211)

3-Dec-15

$5,000

$10,000

$15,000

Montreal-Lakeshore (7040)

15-Jun-16

$2,000

-

$2,000

Madras Coromandel (3230)

15-Jun-16

$4,000

-

$4,000

Encinitas Coastal (5340)

26-Jun-16

$10,000

$10,000

$20,000

Del Mar (5340)

26-Jun-16

$1,800

$3,000

$4,800

District 5890 DDF

4-Sep-16

-

$4,000

$4,000

Cataraqui-Kingston (7040)

4-Sep-16

$2,500

-

$2,500

Madras Central (3230)

4-Sep-16

$2,000

-

$2,000

Madras East (3230)

4-Sep-16

$3,500

-

$3,500

Montreal (7040)

4-Sep-16

$3,000

-

$3,000

Matching Grants Website DAF Donations

Name

Date

Status

Amount

Dugan Moore

28-May-17

Paid

$1,000

Barbara Hooper & Terence Mahoney

30-May-17

Paid

$100

Florence Cohen

1-Jun-17

Paid

$100

Paid

$1,200

-

$1,200

Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation

$17,500

$27,000

$44,500

Total

$106,500

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries

3-Dec-15

by Francis Tusubira

OPIT-KIC Posted to matching grants (global) website

3-Dec-15

System Entry

Creation of project page.

3-Mar-16

System Entry

Pledge of $4,000 DDF by Bill Davis of District 5890.

15-Jun-16

System Entry

Pledge of $2,000 by Knud Petersen of the Rotary Club of Montreal-Lakeshore, District 7040.

15-Jun-16

System Entry

Pledge of $4,000 by G.Balasubrahmanyan of the Rotary Club of Madras Coromandel, District 3230.

26-Jun-16

System Entry

Pledge of $10,000 with $10,000 DDF by Kelly Mellos of the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, District 5340.

26-Jun-16

System Entry

Pledge of $3,000 with $3,000 DDF by Dugan Moore of the Rotary Club of Del Mar, District 5340.

26-Jun-16

System Entry

Project is now "Fully Pledged".

13-Jul-16

by Marta Knight

On 7-12-16, District 5340 Rotary Foundation Committee approved a match of $3,000 DDF for Rotary Club of Del Mar and $10,000 DDF for Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal for this Global Grant. The grant can proceed to the Rotary Foundation for approval.

4-Sep-16

by Francis Tusubira

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

4-Sep-16

by Francis Tusubira

System Entry: Pledge of $4,000 DDF by Bill Davis of District 5890.

4-Sep-16

by Francis Tusubira

System Entry: Pledge of $2,500 by Bill Gray of the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston, District 7040.

4-Sep-16

by Francis Tusubira

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by Vinod Saraogi of the Rotary Club of Madras Central, District 3230.

4-Sep-16

by Francis Tusubira

System Entry: Pledge of $3,500 by Balaraman Jayaraman of the Rotary Club of Madras East, District 3230.

4-Sep-16

by Francis Tusubira

System Entry: Pledge of $3,000 by Jean Gagnon of the Rotary Club of Montreal, District 7040.

4-Sep-16

by Francis Tusubira

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

28-Mar-17

by Francis Tusubira

Application submitted February and under review. A decision is expected any time. The Application as submitted and the MOUs with Cooperating Organisations have been uploaded to this website.

28-Mar-17

by Francis Tusubira

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.

17-May-17

by Penny Mbabazi

I'm happy to inform you that our Siriba Adopt Community Project has been approved. This is now a good time for clubs to send through pledges to TRF to enable us receive funds and start immediate implementation.

17-May-17

by Penny Mbabazi

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.

28-May-17

by Philippe Lamoise

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by Dugan Moore through the Matching Grants Website DAF.

30-May-17

System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $100 by Barbara Hooper & Terence Mahoney through the Matching Grants Website DAF.

1-Jun-17

System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $100 by florence cohen through the Matching Grants Website DAF.

18-Jun-17

by Philippe Lamoise

$3,000 cash contribution from the Rotary Club of Del Mar sent to TRF through the Matching Grants Website DAF.

18-Jun-17

by Philippe Lamoise

$10,000 cash contribution from the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal sent to TRF through the Matching Grants Website DAF.

18-Sep-17

by Penny Mbabazi

Dear friends and partners in Siriba Project!

I'm happy and excited to inform you that finally, funds $106,516.00 USD for our Siriba project have been received to start project implementation.

We appreciate each of you for your financial and other ways you have supported us in ensuring we secure and receive these funds, which I believe will not leave Siriba the same.

All I can promise for now are more exciting updates as embark on getting the hard work done.

Best regards,

Penny

18-Sep-17

by Penny Mbabazi

System Entry: Payment has been issued by The Rotary Foundation.

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