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A two generational approach to development in Uganda

We are a family-based support; child focused organization in Uganda.

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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

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

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.

Geographic Focus

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)

  • No

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)

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Hi Felix Gift Lwanga 

It sounds like you really engage the families you work with in your implementation phases. You mention you "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." I would love to hear more concrete information about these methodologies and approaches!

Best,
Nicole

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Team

Nicole Ballou Team We are glad you realize that there is sense in what we are presenting. About the model and methodology we are using that I said is been tested and can be faster in bringing about positive impact in regards to organizations and community development is hinged on concepts put across by renown Peter Senge's 5th Discipline and the 5 disciplines are Personal Mastery, System Thinking, Mental Models, Shared vision and Team Learning. I hope you can get to read the book. We are using those concepts and these have been used and tested elsewhere in even the rural poor communities and we have seen results there. You can learn more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fifth_Discipline

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Hi Felix Gift Lwanga 

Thanks for answering my question! I'll read more about the 5 Disciplines.

Cheers,
Nicole

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Team

Ok Nicole Ballou All the best.

Photo of Marnie Glazier
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This is an excellent core methodology, and I am really interested in hearing more about how you've put it into action, and also possibly adapted it to meet regional needs.

Photo of Felix Gift Lwanga
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Team Marnie Glazier We are as in our submission above actually testing the methodology currently with real people and families in urban centres. But the methodology has worked in rural areas of Uganda with an organization that we used to work with. Through working with them and using the same idea and methodology to cause positive living and economic and social development in those areas, together with my wife established The Gift Kids Foundation. And talking of The Gift Kids Foundation, we are as a matter of fact just been incorporated and registered as a non-for-profit organization. We are soliciting for funds to actually fully implement the same ideas and methodologies that we are talking about in the urban centres where we are currently situated. We however plan to do the tests on real life situations and people within two to three categories of communities which are rural, semi-urban and urban centres of Uganda and we shall see what comes up.
However, currently we are at a phase where we are setting up offices where we hope to start doing our work practically and we would be glad to get funded to efficiently and effectively run our projects.
I will keep posting you on progress as we move.

Photo of Marnie Glazier
Team

Thanks so much, Felix! Again, I am hoping that we can cross-pollinate and help one another to succeed in these very important efforts.

Photo of Felix Gift Lwanga
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Team Marnie Glazier. I am so willing to collaborate with you to make your idea work out with or without you getting through this campaign. Same feeling is mutual for my project.
Now, where can we start from especially with yours.
Can we start it this way? What is your vision?
What is your mission?
What are the goals or objectives?
And what are your core values as a team? I will be glad to start with you after getting those answers. Take your time as you workout those.

Photo of Marnie Glazier
Team

Thanks, Felix! Our vision is the direct connection of artist/innovators to independent and collaborative opportunities, services and space through partnership - with one another, area industry, and community. Our mission is to employ - and empower - artists/innovators to solve today's greatest challenges in the Salinas Valley and beyond. Our objectives are to provide a creative weight against destructive influences, providing multicultural artists and innovators of all ages with affordable access to studio and work spaces, and putting artists and innovators to work in cutting edge ways within the public and private sectors, by providing services to area businesses and to community. Core values statement: We believe that especially in a world of rapid technological advance, Art is the vital link, connecting us to the natural environment, to one another, and ultimately to ourselves. I will add this to our profile, and look forward to talking more.

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Team

Hey Marnie Glazier Isaac Jumba How else do you think I can have my idea more vibrant and reasonable?

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Felix,
I guess my biggest question would be whether the educational opportunities and infrastructure has to come from without, or can it be built up within the community?

Photo of Felix Gift Lwanga
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Marnie Glazier Yes, there is a multi-stakeholder engagement collaboration to have this happen. It is therefore a two-end kind of opportunity aspect. We have schools owned by locals and then parents and beneficiaries. The local school owners need school fees from parents or families around them, but some parents are so poor to afford tuition or school fees especially the schools offering quality education. The government on the other hand also builds schools and has through the president of Uganda on one public gathering declared that these government aided schools are meant for the very poor and therefore not of good quality for any one who minds quality education. So, we believe that our initiative brings about private-private partnerships to ensure that our beneficiary families take their children to privately owned schools where they can be able to access quality education with a comprehensive tuition scholarship. About the infrastructure, the government is still the main provider but to limited scope. So, we come in to compliment them as civil society organizations.

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Thanks Felix Gift Lwanga  for tagging me on your idea. I like that you mentoned that your idea focuses on building families. Also great to see conversation for potential collaboration with Marnie Glazier .

I was curious to see what sort of pilot or light experiment you intend to carry out to test out your model? It will also be helpful for you to share your ideas on how you are envisioning sustaining and scaling up your initiative on a long term basis. And lastly, since your are at the initial stages, what alternative sources of financing are you looking at beyond grants?
Keep up with the great work

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Isaac Jumba and Marnie Glazier , with the two generational approach, we help the child in a multi-stakeholder kind of arrangement as far as resource mobilization and utilization is concerned. So, we a link between the child and his parents or guardians. Usually the child and/or family will be a needy or very poor one that needs to work with to boost development and movement from one level to another especially using locally available resources through enlightening and envisioning processes with the family we work with. We do projects that aim at ensuring an income for the family and this is not done by us but we facilitate the family members to have the project plans worked out and then we together ensure that the said projects are started and implemented to fruition.
We are envisioning sustainability through the small group savings from the income generated from the projects implemented by the family member group which will be made up into cohorts. we then shall register the groups into Savings and Cooperatives and open up Investment club accounts with the banks which will ensure that our family members will now be able to save while as well accessing loans; loans not for daily consumption at homes but for furthering investments and asset acquisition. Through this, we envision scale up and further impact in the long run.
Apart from grants, we are looking at donations from well-wishers especially those aimed at community development. we also are looking at partnerships with local authorities, government and international agency support. I am an entrepreneur myself and consider myself to be a philanthropist where from my earnings and benefits from my consultancy company called Innovate Maxima International Limited (http://www.innovatemaxima.com) have been supporting initiatives and programs at The Gift Kids Foundation and hope to continue doing so.
I appreciate the questions and I hope I have fully and appropriately answered all of them.
Keep sharing with me more and I with my team at The Gift Kids Foundation shall be more than happy to respond.

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