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BARR CHRISTIAN VOCATIONAL CENTER, UGANDA

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Director Rev. David Okello Amuca is the chairmen of the board of trustees.

 

We Support the Barr Christian Vocational Center,
Uganda

Barr Christian vocational center is an Anglican church charity, based in Ayira parish, Barr sub-county, Lira District, 12 km east of Lira town - Aloi road, Northern Uganda.

Barr needs funding for the construction of three classrooms that will increase the intake of the orphans and vulnerable children from 20 to 150.

Barr is training 20 orphans under the trees in the compound of the church, and when it is raining they send them home.

Barr has acquired 30 acres of customary land ready for the construction of the vocational training center and charitable work. The community, especially the orphans and vulnerable children, have burnt 8 000 clay bricks ready for the construction of the building.

Barr needs funds for building materials such as iron sheets, timbers, bags of cement, paints, metallic doors and windows among others and transportation of materials to the building site.

Their children are crying for help but they don't have any means of helping them. They don't have food to eat, no clothes to put on, no sleeping materials and no education at all among others.

Barr is humbly requesting assistance with funds so that they can achieve their objectives of helping the orphans, vulnerable children, school dropouts and the community of Barr sub-county out of poverty.

 

UPDATES AND PROGRESS REPORT ON OUR ACTIVITIES FOR THIS YEAR ENDING 2019 (click to read)

1) HIV/AIDS
Little work has been done as far as HIV/AIDS testing is concerned because of lack of funds and we pray that if we could get funds from donors then we can be in a position to mobilize the mothers, women and men including children to go to the seven sub health centers of Barr sub county to be tested for HIV . Testing will involve women of child bearing age, pregnant mothers, lactating mothers and children aged five years and below because there is no intervention which has been done and many children are dying without diagnosing the cause of death affecting the children. During the routine visits to the seven sub health centers of Barr sub county by our six volunteers to find out how the project can best help and benefit the community with HIV /AIDS prevention and also promote PMCTC, we found out that there is no intervention of testing for HIV from women and children aged five years and below and has led to total suffering of children and their mothers. We found that the services of
testing the pregnant and lactating mothers are inadequate and it needed an urgent intervention from donors if we are to improve the condition of these mothers and children of Barr sub county among others. According to the statistics from the department of antenatal care from the seven sub health centers in the seven parishes of Barr sub county for the last three years , the number of mothers who are HIV positive are 143,126, 110,132,117,122 and 129 respectively compared to the total population of Barr sub county at 42 000 people. For children the numbers are 121, 158,100, 133,147,131 and 128 respectively. This is far much below according to the total numbers of people in each parish and therefore there is need to intervene. According to the sub health Center Heads in the seven parishes of Barr sub county, the number of mothers who attend / come to the health centers would have been very high but because of very poor mobilization in the villages and parishes, most mother tend to prefer to deliver in the villages with the assistance of traditional birth attendants other than coming to the Health Centers because of long distances involved, poor services at the Health Centers and lack of funds for transport involved.

Estimated budget for the intervention is $ 6000.

2) HUMAN RIGHTS
There is a lot of work to be done to promote women and children’s right in the community because there is too much abuse of women’s rights as far as gender based violence, sexual violence and physical violence against women are concerned and
children’s rights are not protected at all. Children have been tortured daily by their parents and guardians. Children do a lot of hard labour, children are denied food, others are not going to school especially girls, and others have no clothes to put on and no health care for the children among others. Therefore we need funding to sensitize the parish development committee members and local council chairpersons about the importance of protecting the children’s rights and women so that their rights are not abused.

Estimated cost for the intervention is $ 2,500.

3) WOMEN EMANCIPATION.
Our aims and objectives for the next three years, that is 2020, 2021 and 2022 are laid down as below, and we need funds in order to implement them, because women are the back bone of community development in each homestead.

  • Mobilizing 80 women in the community of Ayira parish to participate in
    development programs and projects.
  • Training of 80 women in order to improve their social economic status.
  • Advocating for and promoting the interests and human rights of the
    disadvantaged 80 women in the community.
  • Conducting training in literacy and income generating activities for the 80
    women.
  • Encouraging and promoting equal participation of 80 women in development.
  • Monitoring and evaluating development programs and projects for 80 women in
    the community.
  •  Building the capacity of 80 women within the community to initiate and manage
    development projects.
  • Protecting and promoting women’s human rights.
  • Mobilize support for the 80 women’s rights at grassroots level through
    networking and empowerment of community based organization.
  • Training them on harmful traditional practices and forms of violence against
    women which infringe their basic human rights.
  • Giving the 80 women seed money for startup capital after the training

Estimated cost for the intervention is $ 5000.

4) Girl child emancipation

We must have a deliberate initiative to assist the girl child, increase their feeling of
belonging and encourage them to finish school and get better life. We can succeed if we
get funds and mobilize men and women in the community by organizing workshops for
village and parish leaders training in the following topics listed down.

  1. HIV AND AIDS.
  2. UNWANTED EARLY PREGNANCY PREVENTION.
  3. CAREER ADVICE.
  4. INVOLVEMENT OF WOMEN IN THE SOCIETY BUILDING.
  5. STDS AND HYGIENE.

The main aims and objectives of the training will focus on the following;
To enhance the emotional well-being and intellectual growth of girls to become productive and responsible adults in their future within a learning environment that fosters no bias in attitudes towards the role of the female in the society.

OBJECTIVES

  • To educate the girl child on the importance of hygiene and education in total.
  • To reduce early school dropout in primary and secondary education.
  • To encourage girls to feel positive and not segregated from normal life and
    community duties.
  •  To encourage through community education that will make them feel confident
    and sure of themselves.
  • To reach out to the community and make them aware of the importance of girl
    child education.
  • To teach girl child on diseases related to sexual intercourse and how to prevent
    such cases of early pregnancies.
  • To improve on hygiene issues of the community putting into account the girl
    child.
  • Reduction of early school dropout of girl child due to inaccessibility of school
    fees.
  • Giving girl child a priority in development matters of the community.

The main focus of training these community leaders will be following.

  • Low school enrollment and high school dropouts especially girls.
  • Venerable to trafficking, child labor and child marriage.
  • Abuse, exploitation and violence.
  • Domestic chores
  • Looking after siblings
  • Restrictions on mobility and play
  • Discrimination in overall treatment and parental care
  • Early child bearing mobility and mortality
  • Poor/ access/ denial to information and services
  •  Heavy domestic work including community long distances to collect firewood /
    drinking water.
  • Unpaid and unrecognized work and drudgery
  • No voice either in-home or society.

Parents do not want to send their daughter to school and they always force them to get early marriage as early as 14 years of age. Therefore a lot of effort is needed to sensitize the community about the importance of girl child education and donors should also come to support us in order to educate these girls. There are many orphans and school dropouts especially children whose parents died of HIV/AIDS or due to the Lord’s resistance army rebellion in Northern Uganda which killed many adults men and women and therefore these girls need help from donors in order to support them to be training in vocation skills and become self-reliant in the community .

Estimated cost for the intervention is $ 4000.

5) TUTORS OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER.

We have well trained tutors with Higher Diploma in Tailoring, Brick laying and Carpentry and they are offering very good services to the students. There are two male tutors and two female tutors who are volunteers and are just facilitated. There are many more tutors who are willing to come and train the students in different courses, but due to lack of classrooms and our financial constraints, we cannot recruit them to come and teach. However if the three classrooms are constructed then the intake of orphans will increase from the current 20 to 150 We need some motivated allowance to our four tutors.

Estimated cost for their incentives is $ 3000.

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Needs and Projects:

Needs and Projects: $25 monthly pledges for operational costs including food, clothing and shelter for their children.
$10,000 for True Hope Academy Building Construction.

BARR CHRISTIAN VOCATIONAL CENTER

Lira District, Aloi road, Northern Uganda

C/O P.O Box 23762,
Kampala, Uganda (East Africa)

Tel +256 786 166 055

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LESS ON OURSELVES MORE ON OTHERS FOUNDATION

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We Support The Less on Ourselves More on Others Foundation,
Lundazi District of the Republic of Zambia

Less on Ourselves More on Others is a mission in the Lundazi District of the Republic of Zambia, Africa.  Director Patrick Gondwe works tirelessly with his people to maintain a life of survival in this difficult country.

Less On Our Selves More On Others foundation (LOMO) was set up in order to provide a conducive environment for sustainable child development. The organization will have a holistic integrated child development programs that will assist the children and youths in life to develop into responsible citizens and grow up in a Godly manner. It will create a platform that shall promote equity and equality when it comes to issues of accessibility to education, technology, information, health and other resources that will contribute to their development.

The organization shall to a great deal empower children and youth in accessing quality education, quality health services, and access information on HIV/AIDS, STIs, maternal health/nutrition, cervical cancer, male circumcision, corruption, gender, environmental issues, and human rights. It is because of the above-captioned reasons that have necessitated the establishment of the entity called; “LESS ON OUR SELVES MORE ON OTHERS FOUNDATION that shall endeavor to address the issues in a participatory approach and inclusive manner.

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MISSION STATEMENT

To integrate and mainstream rural children and youths in national developmental issues, that is also on global agenda by equipping them with the necessary education and survival skills. To translate the lines of marginalized people especially the ones who have lost their dear ones and have no one to take care of them.

VISION:

A rural-based organization where children and youths are equipped with sustainable developmental tools that will contribute to national development.

MOTTO:

“Less On Ourselves More On Others”

CORE VALUES:

Equality for all: God made all people equal; our organization is committed to a development process that promotes equality, Teamwork, transparency, accountability, honesty, consultative, hard-work and target-orientated. Rights and dignity for all: the foundation believes in and strives to uphold the rights and dignity of all people especially in the rural communities.

Stewardship: Less On Ourselves More On Others believes in God to protect the dignity of everybody to exploit the Earthy goods in accordance with God’s Law and individual order.

Institutional partnership in development: less on ourselves foundation welcomes and respects ongoing International initiatives and national policies to take care and give support to vulnerable children and disadvantaged people fight poverty, ignorance and diseases such as STDs diseases and AIDS.  Our activities will be unison and collaboration with other stakeholders.

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Building Construction

THE PROJECT

Less on ourselves more on others Foundation Plan for the Enhancement of Education in Lundazi, Chasefu and Lumezi districts, and the DACA call for national solidarity, appreciation of cultural diversity, and the reinforcing of values that emphasize freedom, democracy and non-violence through both formal and non-formal channels of education. In line with this, DEBs will disseminate the word and spirit of the and facilitate complying with its provisions as related to education. This process will aim at arriving at child-friendly schools and education where the human dignity of the child is respected and where his rights in relation to education are put on the political agenda of educators and decision-makers. Accordingly, DEBs will reach the children themselves, their parents, their teachers and their caregivers, in addition to preparing the right environment for the practice of the mentors, while sensitizing decision-makers and the public at large. In this connection, appropriate orientation material will be produced in addition to developing the right teaching/ learning activity modules that will facilitate the understanding and practice of these rights.

GUIDING PHILOSOPHY 

The philosophy and experience of is based on the reality that every human being is a unique individual and that we all have a right to good health and basic needs and should access means to a comfortable life in one way or another.

GOALS

Less on ourselves more on others foundation has a very strong goal of improving the quality of life of the vulnerable children and orphans through providing education, giving care, love, and support. Additionally, it promotes the empowerment of rural Community people in various areas affecting humanity.

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

This program is already running in Lundazi Community but some children are living in abject poverty. The focus of Less on ourselves more on others foundation now is to help them with their school support books, feeding, school fees/uniforms and other logistics. The reason as to why the organization is asking for support for the disadvantaged and poor children is; the problem we are facing when these children are getting their needs as a result of poverty of the primary caregivers/guardians/parents. The situation is more serious in the case of a double orphan, child-headed household, PLWHAs headed household, widow and widower headed household where the children become miserable in their life.

PROGRAMME PURPOSE:

The purpose of this program is to reduce the suffering of orphans and vulnerable children, build their capacity through giving them love, care, education and simple activities to do so that they become productive in the society.

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Needs and Projects:

$25 monthly pledges for operational costs including food, clothing and shelter for their children.
$5000 for a pond to grow fish for food.

LESS ON OUR SELVES MORE ON OTHERS FOUNDATION

Plot 1051 Mayard Compound , Lundazi, Africa

+260 975 691 925
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THE NEEDY TODAY, SIERRA LEONE, AFRICA

We Support The Needy Today,
Northern Sierra Leone

www.theneedytoday.org

The Needy Today is a fully registered Local Non-governmental organization that has its head office in Magbenteh Makeni, Northern Sierra Leone and its sub-office at 53 Bai Bureh Road Freetown. The organization started in 2005 by Mr. Dauda Ahmid Koroma who is the founder and Executive Director and some other young Sierra Leoneans with the motive of initially providing support to children that were greatly devastated by the eleven-year civil war. Their Support to these children ranged from quality education, provision of quality care support including food, health care facility and foster care adoption.

Since their inception, they have so far supported 1,815 children in 98 communities within Bombali, Port Loko and Koinadugu districts.

Since then their mandate has opened considerably as they also now address issues relating to youth and women empowerment, support to disabled persons and support to Ebola persons off late. More specifically, their assistance to these needy categories of people ranges from Education/skills training, agriculture, microfinance/grants, entrepreneurship training, food, quality health care, and sanitation and clothes/wears.

So far they have been able to meaningfully support 962 youths, 413 deprived women and 550 disabled persons. Through their initiatives, they have helped changed the miserable lives of these people and are coping glaringly well with their families.

They would have gone beyond their present operational areas but limited resources have curtailed them so far. Actually there are many more in need of support and they hope to reach them once they access the available funds/materials.

Target Beneficiaries

Presently they provide support to:

  • Orphans and other less privileged children
  • Deprived women
  • Disabled persons
  • Needy youths
  • Ebola affected people

Organizational Aim

Their aim is to provide assistance to people in deplorable conditions with life changing strategies that would better enhance them overcome those challenges more effectively.

Core Value

Based on solid note, their organization is passionate and remains committed to the fact that irrespective of whatever background, every human being must be given equal chance with available opportunities to realize a decent life that would make them useful in their communities. Therefore, they would always readily partner with those that see the need.

Mission Statement

Based on the present challenges faced by the world’s poorest people more especially in Sierra Leone (our target), our overall purpose therefore is to always seek lasting solutions in helping deplorable people achieve a brighter future.

Operational Areas

Presently they are operating in 3 districts in 98 communities within Bombali, Port Loko and Koinadugu districts, northern Sierra Leone.

Future Plans

  • Extend to more communities reaching out to more beneficiaries
  • Build their own schools and vocational training facilities to enhance education/skills training development
  • Build orphanage and recreational facilities for the children they support.
  • Extend practical development in agriculture for youths and women with improving techniques.

Needs and Projects:

$25 monthly pledges for operational costs including food, clothing and shelter for their children.
$10,000 to finish True Hope Academy classrooms and buy school supplies

THE NEEDY TODAY

Magbenteh Makeni, Northern Sierra Leone
53 Bai Bureh Road Freetown

+232-25-358689/+23277548648/+23278308146
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