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  • Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda
  • c/o Mary Page
  • 140 S. Dearborn Suite 1100
  • Chicago, Illinois 60603
  •  Phone: 504.314.2714
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 Facilitation for Peace and Development (FAPAD) is a voluntary indigenous NGO started in the year 2000 and registered with the Uganda National NGO Board in 2004. FAPAD’s vision is of a peaceful society in which all respect each other’s rights. FAPAD exists to protect and promote human rights, strengthen systems and structures of governance for improved service delivery and to improve household food and income security for sustainable livelihood in Lango Sub region, Northern Uganda. Currently, FAPAD work covers eight (08) districts of Lango sub region namely; Lira, Kole, Amolatar, Alebtong, Dokolo, Otuke, Oyam and Apac implementing all the three thematic focus/objectives. Agriculture in northern Uganda presents tremendous potential for providing employment opportunities and improving livelihoods, particularly amongst youth, women, and small-scale farmers. However, constraints such as limited skills and inputs coupled with limited use of post harvest technologies, and low market participation still affect the successes of agro-enterprises in northern Uganda. FAPAD hopes to mitigate some of these challenges with funding support worth USD 20,000 from Uganda Fund within a period of one year.   The goal of this project is "To provide livelihoods opportunities for war affected youth in post conflict Lango Sub region". This project will target at least 200 direct beneficiaries in 10 groups from Amolatar district. In Lango region. There is an average of 05 people per household, implying that approximately 1000 people will indirectly benefit from the project.

FAPAD will invest time and other resources in building the skills of the youth around tailored-made feasible agricultural initiatives, provide start-up kits and offer basic financial and leadership skills training, among others. As a sustainability plan, FAPAD will introduce Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) methodology for all the project target groups which will act as a uniting factor for the groups, utilize the cost-sharing approach for inputs such as seeds, farm tools and equipment. This approach will ensure buy in from the beneficiaries. The project will ensure active engagement of Community Peace Promoters (CPPs) whose capacities are built to sensitize communities, mediate land conflicts, monitor projects and report cases to the relevant authorities. FAPAD data collection tools (e.g. Success story, Household, group, training, follow up and information tracking sheets/forms) shall be adapted to monitor progress at each level particulary output level; meanwhile, a project database will be created to include detail of the groups like membership, location etc. FAPAD signed a memorandum of understanding with Post Bank Uganda Limited to extend financial services to its groups in Lango Sub-region. The bank will be responsible for delivering financial literacy and basic management trainings for the groups that will see the groups open bank accounts, save with the bank, etc. In addition, the linkages to private companies like Mukwano Group of Companies, Mount Meru Group of Companies, and agro input dealers will ensure value additions and marketing of farm outputs. FAPAD believes its implementation plan for the proposed project will result in to a peaceful, healthy and ecomonically vibrant youth who will be effective citizens towards poverty allieviation, hence contributing to enhanced livelihoods opportunities for war affected youth in post conflict Lango Sub region.

 

Trans-cultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO-Uganda) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that started work in 1994, in refugee communities and IDP camps. TPO works as a rights based NGO supporting and working with local communities, CSOs and Government to meet the social protection, psychosocial, livelihoods, education and mental needs of vulnerable people. TPO currently implements projects in the Acholi, Lango, Teso, Karamoja and the West Nile sub-regions, and in the Ankole sub-region, which is a none conflict area but stricken by poverty, HIV &AIDS and sexual violence. TPO food security and livelihood improvement interventions focuses on increasing household incomes, promoting hygienic practices, increasing agricultural productivity and farming as a business through long-term skill sets. With a one year grant worth USD 20,000 from Uganda Fund, TPO will implement a project aimed at contributing to enhancement of livelihood opportunities for war affected youths mainly acting as an information exchange and coordinating centre for facilitating access to livelihoods with a blend of psychosocial education and life skills in Kitgum and Gulu districts of Acholi sub-region. The overall goal of the project is "Improved income and food security for war affected youths and their households in Acholi sub-region, Northern Uganda". The project will target a total of 10 youth groups of 300 out of school youths between the age of 15 and 30 years and small-scale farmers. The secondary beneficiaries will include all the household members of the youth targeted; to the tune of approximately 1500 household members.

 To promote enterprise development mainly on agriculture with particular focus on animal husbandry, agro-processing and marketing activities, TPO will design and conduct group based and tailored trainings. The youth will   acquire relevant livelihood skills and competences in three main areas namely: Leadership and Financial Literacy; Enterprise Selection, Planning and Management (SPM) and Advance Business Training (ABT). Each group will be awarded a small grant based on the business plans developed and supported to improve their Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) scheme. To ensure sustainability, TPO Uganda will work with key government agriculture extension workers, the community, the District and sub-county Local Governments to plan and implement the project. Use of existing structures and technical personnel will enable them to continue giving technical support to the livelihood groups after the end of the project. TPO has a strong M&E unit manned by the M&E manager and supported by a data entrant, the organization shall develop or adapt existing monitoring tools to routinely collect data during the lifespan of the project. The Project team shall be responsible for monitoring programmatic and financial compliance and ascertaining value for money, and will prepare reports at prescribed intervals that shall be shared with Uganda Fund. The social workers shall be responsible for the day to day implementation of project activities, field visits and mentorship of the groups within each location. TPO shall collaborate with CARE International, the ongoing government of Uganda youth livelihood program to design and implement viable and sustainable livelihoods options with a blend of psychosocial support and life skills education. TPO believes that this project will improve the socio-economic status of vulnerable youths and their households Consequently, the war affected youths will become self-sustaining in terms of household incomes, food security, and improved nutrition as well as empowered to undertake agricultural production as a business to earn a living.

 

Forum for Community Transformation (FCT) started its operation in 2008 as a local group called Anaka Youth Forum initiated by 30 youths to implement income generating activities to eradicate poverty among members of the group. In 2011, the organization registered with the National NGO Board as a local NGO. The core mandates of FCT are; to promote and sensitize on women’s rights, advocate for rights to education and empowering the youth, women and small holder farmers through sustainable livelihoods. From the inception to date, through the unique reflection action approach, the organization has registered increased production and income among the youth and small holder farmers, reduced gender based violence, and improved involvement of the youth and women in decision making processes. With a one year grant worth USD 20,000 from Uganda Fund, FCT hopes to replicate the same approach to successfully implement this project. The overall goal of the project is "To build the livelihood and leadership capacity of war affected youths in Acholi sub-region, Northern Uganda". The project shall work with 12 youth groups previously supported with a grant from Uganda Fund in Gulu and Amuru districts. The secondary beneficiaries will include all the family members of the youths targeted by the project to a tune of 1500 family members.

 The project will support groups with already basic entrepreneurial and leadership skills providing them with refresher capacity building packages. FCT will design and conduct group based and tailored trainings in various areas namely: leadership and governance, best agronomic practices including marketing and post-harvest handling; Enterprise Selection, Planning and Management (SPM). Initially the YLP trainings only targeted the executive members of the group with the hope that they would transfer knowledge gained to the groups but that wasn't the case, for that matter all trainings will be conducted at community level with all beneficiaries in attendance. Each group will be awarded supplementary grants to boost their income based on the business plans developed and supported to improve their Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) scheme. The grants provided to these groups could be reinvested into selected enterprise using the vast knowledge they are equipped with hence supporting their diversification and sustainability. FCT has got two G/nut threshing machine to add value to g/nuts production and putting up a 2500 metric ton store to enhance bulking and collective marketing for the groups, this will enhance value addition. FCT shall develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for the project that will be used to support tracking of progress of the project, as well as supporting monthly and quarterly monitoring of the project implementation. The Community Intermediaries (CIs) based at the grass root will conduct continued mentorship and routine follow-up of the beneficiaries during the project life. FCT shall work with local government structures and other community structures since they are very essential in monitoring and supporting livelihoods interventions in the region. The organization will also collaborate with the government of Uganda youth livelihood program to design and implement sustainable livelihoods options for the youth groups. FCT will also collaborate with other organizations implementing similar projects under the Uganda Fund to share ideas, best practices and lessons learned during implementation. It is envisaged that after the project, the youth groups shall have increased household income, make informed decisions about their lives, define their destiny and participate in decision making processes. At the society level, the project will build a critical mass of development entrepreneurs, future leaders who are passionate of societal development they will grow to inherit.

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  •  Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda
  • c/o Mary Page
  • 140 S. Dearborn Suite 1100
  • Chicago, Illinois 60603
  •  Phone: 504.314.2714
  •  info@ugandafund.org

 

 

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  •  Uganda Fund
    Plot 3 Erinayo Oryema Road
    Kanyagoga
    P.O. Box 1541
    Gulu, Uganda
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