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Uganda Rural Fund

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Mission/Objectives "Helping people help themselves" About Masaka, Uganda What We Do/Current Projects Education and Orphan Care
Healthcare
Women's Empowerment:
Men's Resource Center
Sustainable Agriculture:
Community Outreach:
Water, Sanitation and Energy
Youth Empowerment
Leadership Development
Village Banking (Micro-finance) A Presentation by:
Brianna, Hannah and Adam Focus Areas: External Support Donations and Volunteers
Partners
US Directors
US Support Team
US Campus Chapters
Kampala Chapter Different ways anyone can support URF:
•Monthly donation
•One- time contribution
•Donate in-kind
•Support a teacher
•Volunteer in your community
•Volunteer in Uganda
•Intern with URF (that’s us)
School's Wish List

Needed Item: Chalk
Quantity: 32 Boxes a term
Unit Cost (UGS): 2500
Unit Cost (USD): 1.40

Classroom Building: $81,00 MONDAY
Morning (8:00am - 12:00pm): Nazareth Orphanage (cleaning, feeding animals, yard maintenance, washing & caring for kids)
Afternoon (2:00pm - 4:00pm): Administrative work at Kyetume
Evening (5:00pm - 6:30pm): Afterschool program - teaching/tutoring music, dance, etc

TUESDAY
Morning: Hope Academy (compound maintenance/designing, classroom cleaning, office work, etc)
Afternoon: Administrative work at Kyetume
Evening: Afterschool program - involves teaching/tutoring, music, dance, etc

WEDNESDAY
Morning: Child-headed families (cleaning, digging, construction, data collection)
Afternoon: Administrative work at Kyetume
Evening: Afterschool program - involves teaching, debate, music, dance, etc

THURSDAY
Morning: Hope Academy (same as Tuesday + work with kids in sponsorship program)
Afternoon: Administrative work at Kyetume
Evening: Afterschool program - involves teaching, debate, music, dance, etc

FRIDAY
Morning: Project updates and volunteers' meeting. Involves planning for the following week.
Afternoon: Administrative work at Kyetume
Evening: Afterschool program - involves teaching/tutoring, music, dance, etc URF has at least 40 American Foundations, Churches, Companies, and Businesses that regularly support their work. There are many Americans who are greatly dedicated to the success of URF. Many of the directors do a great deal of fundraising for URF. Volunteers who support URF from the USA
Two Administrative Assistants and one Medical Programs Resource Coordinator Clubs set-up on campuses in the USA to raise funds and provide students volunteer opportunities with URF. - this chapter of URF consists of young Ugandan professionals and Ugandan university students who wish to improve the lives of other Ugandans
- the chapter is a large source of professional, networking, and financial support
- examples of support provided:
•collecting scholastic materials for the children at Hope Integrated Academy
•conducting research on behalf of URF as determined by the administration.
•running youth camps for students and local youth in the villages. Education Orphan Care URF has partnered with
Engineers Without Borders to put
a clean water supply, sanitation
system and power system in place at the Hope Academy in Masaka. Men's Resource Center Women's Empowerment Healthcare Youth Empowerment Providing education to children, youth and adults in the community is a very important part of URF's work and is used as a tool to empower and inspire lasting change. Uganda has an estimated 2 million orphans, many of whom have lost parents to HIV/AIDS. In an effort to highlight some of the difficulties faced by orphaned children living in rural communities, URF provides support to the Nazareth Children's Home in Masaka and to child-headed family households, assisting them with basic needs, house repair/renovations and education. URF takes a preventative approach to improving healthcare in rural communities by offering community health talks in villages and local schools. The aim of URF's empowerment program is to provide education, employment assistance and health and housing support to disadvantaged women; giving them the tools to work toward a better life.
Launched in 2008, the Men's Resource Center engages in several different projects in the community including raising goats and pigs as a means of generating income and starting up the Village Banking program. URF provides support to farming families in rural Uganda by offering seed loan support, workshops on improving farming practices and providing live stock. Both URF staff and volunteers make home visits in the areas they serve in order to better understand ways to offer support. URF utilizes many avenues to foster youth empowerment. These avenues include:
•Education – both formal schooling and vocational training
•Sports, games, drama and dance programs
•Community Service (for example, vocational students build houses and furniture for poor families)
•Youth Camps
•Entrepreneurship and Leadership training
•Arts and crafts
•Peer Counseling
•Career Guidance Leadership Development URF holds leadership workshops and a youth leadership conference.The leadership workshops target village leaders, students, young professionals, school administrators, NGO staff, business leaders, students, and the general population.Workshops on leadership are rotated among villages and local schools. Participants of leadership workshops are now eager to expand their leadership knowledge and abilities by learning more about democracy, federalism, decentralization and centralization and other systems of governance. Water, Sanitation and Energy Community Outreach Sustainable Agriculture Village Banking(Microfinance) Bank funds are generated by members buying shares
Bank members are responsible for the management of the bank and URF provides support and supervision
Support comes in the form of entrepreneurship and business skills workshops Founded in 2005, the Uganda Rural Fund(URF) is a grassroots NGO that seeks to empower rural communities to fight the cycle of poverty by promoting education and sustainable development opportunities. The driving force behind all of URF's work is to empower youth, orphans and women to fight poverty in Uganda's rural communities by seeking grassroots solutions to local challenges. Objectives include:
Creating opportunities for youth and women to gain
access to educational resources, training, economic
development opportunities.
Providing a safe environment for AIDS orphans to receive shelter, food, healthcare and education.
Working with local and international partners to ensure continued access to sustainable development opportunities in rural areas. -Masaka and Rakai Districts in South Western Uganda
-Little to no infrastructure
-Heavily affected by the AIDS epidemic
-940,000 living with HIV
-80% living in rural villages (subsistence farming, surviving on less than $1 a day)
-Literacy rate =69% -A better life is possible
-To be a catalyst for positive change
-Improve economic and social conditions Philosophy Outcomes Building Hope Integrated Academy, a vocational school with
14 rooms and a current enrollment of 135 in its O level
program.
The Nazareth Children's Home which provides shelter,
education and healthcare to orphans.
Over 150 women and 40 men have received training from the Village Banking Program.
Over 1000 mosquito nets have been distributed to families
in rural areas to encourage malaria prevention.
Over 200 youth have benefited from URF's youth camp. So far, 90 people have gone through URF's International Volunteer Program; welcoming groups and individuals from Uganda, Canada, Australia, USA, Sweden, Poland the UK and Ireland.

•Provide service that respects and promotes the dignity of the beneficiaries.

•Honor and preserve the family, culture, social customs and values of the local people.

•Respect the beliefs of the individuals served •Create opportunities for underprivileged youth and women to access resources for formal and informal education, practical skills training, appropriate technologies, and economic development.

•Mobilizing local and international partners to provide access to livelihood enhancement resources to ensure sustainable social and economic development of rural communities. •Promote development that empowers the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – through a holistic approach to education, health, and sustainable community development

•Create mutual and equal partnerships

•Promote a communal and collaborative model of service that fosters a sense of ownership, pride, and participatory development Values
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