A two generational approach to development in Uganda
We are a family-based support; child focused organization in Uganda.
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
We have realized that several organizations in Uganda that aim at provision of education and other kinds of support actually will yield a few impact in as far as reducing poverty levels of the people and communities they work with. We realize that it is not about having lots of organizations but the right methodology and approaches to community development that we shall get tangible results and that is the very reason we exist.
We have devised methodologies or approaches and strategies that are well thought, tested and will result into faster impact as they are community driven and community evaluated.
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
Our beneficiaries are aged between 3 to 17 years. They are highly potential, focused but needy, poor and vulnerable children and young people within Uganda
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
Our approach is a unique one in nature in that it takes a holistic view at family and community development unlike other ideas. The idea we are presenting focuses on building families where the beneficiaries are key to their own well being and our work is not to offer them just resources or funds but to work with them to bring about a positive change through visionary and creative approaches. We expose the beneficiaries to thinking through their own affairs and together through vision casting and envisioning of the lives they truly want, we come up with practical approaches to enable them achieve that vision for example some of the vision they have could be children going to school, having an income generating activity etc
We believe that there is inherent power and knowledge that can be a foundation of progress in each of the beneficiary families we work with and we have always endeavored to have community driven development strategies and those are the ones we facilitate to work.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
We are a family-based support; child focused non-for profit organization in Uganda and our website is http://www.thegiftkidsfoundation.org
This photo was taken while in the field with one family.
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered non-profit.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
I was a highly potential, focused but needy, poor and orphaned child and because of the support I got from several people, I am whom I am today and would want to do the same to others to also make a difference in their lives.
I got sponsored to attain my primary, secondary and through University education through the support of an Australian and a British sponsor and I feel they kind of gave me a challenge that out of a few resources they had, they did bring change in my life. I was inspired.
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
Poverty can be a cause of several hindrances to positive living and can yield to several vices that affect peace, prosperity and the planet at large. We hope that when we break the bondage of high levels of poverty through provision of quality education, community sensitization, and capacity building of the local people, we shall break the vices and instead move the communities we serve to peaceful living, prosperity and we shall have a better and safer planet.
We have well thought-out environmental conservation strategies like use of green agriculture and carbon emission reduction methods we hope to deploy as we work together with the community members and through this, we know we shall reduce the environmental degradation challenge.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
Firstly we are looking at our base partner to be the beneficiaries themselves and secondly we hope to partner with other like-minded organizations especially civil society organizations and other international agencies.
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
We have locally available resources which can be useful in generating incomes i.e land owned by the beneficiaries.
We people that are good at community development locally available.
We have good government and local authority policies that can help us spur development in these communities.
Hospitable and welcoming communities that are optimistic to development of their homes and families.
We target to work through out Uganda with our head quarters established in the Eastern Region.
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
We are looking at at least 24 months but desirable time is over 24 months as this is and will be an on-going project.
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)
If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)
We work with children and youth as you can see in the picture.