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Kanungu Humanist Project: Save the Children at Risk Through Household Development

Posted: Tue, October 03, 2017 | By: Kanungu Humanist School



  • SEPTEMBER PROGRESSIVE 2017 REPORT

1ST QUARTER 2017

FUNDER: BRIGHTER BRAINS INSTITUTE (BBI)

1.0 INTRODUCTION

During September the first month in the first quarter, the project activities progressed as per the schedule, the activities done included, group formation and introduction to humanism movement, group sessions for participatory selection of micro-projects to be engaged in by group members with project support, follow up on groups, village level sensitization for community members on OVC rights and roles of every community member in protecting and supporting OVC, the community garden (tomatoes), the Tilapia pond excavation, visited the homes of the poor kids and the poor families in Kayungwe and the students essay contest at the Kanungu Humanist Primary School. The start of the writing of the book about Kanungu in the last 20 years and the current humanism.

Main activities and the outcomes

1.1 Group formation and introduction to the self-help concepts.

Group formation successfully ended by forming and strengthening a total of 2 groups that were initially empowered, these include, Kayungwe Women’s empowerment group and Bugaari Rwanika Women’s progressive group. This has finally given us a database of all the groups that the project will work with for the next 6months.

1.2 Routine follow up visit on groups by project Implementation team

This activity was carried out in the 3 villages the major aim was to track the groups’ status and the major activities they are being engaged in, data about gender and domestic violence, saving status of groups, major enterprise and record keeping were given attention. It was facilitated by the project director, project coordinator and the microfinance teacher from the BBI. This data has been transcribed and entered in our database for project guidance and informing the next course of activities.

1.3 Village level sensitization for community

Members on OVC rights and roles of every citizen in protecting and supporting OVC. The activity was in the following villages, Kayungwe, Misheenyi, Mufumba, Kyondo, Kacuraganyi and over 200 people attended these meetings. The project engaged both CBTs, Local Council Chairmen of their respective villages and the local radio station of Kanungu Broad Casting Services (KBS FM) was used to mobilize the community members understand the value of humanism and the use of education and science at primary level for both girls and boys. All these meetings were facilitators used printed charts to elaborate the human rights the people are entitled to, the facilitators assessed the level of enjoyment of the people’s rights by posing questions on secular humanism in Kanungu like what is humanism?, Who is a humanist?, what are the lessons they learnt from the religious cult of Kibwetere and Keredonia Mwerinde of 17th March 2007?. This led to proactive discussion whereby citizens realized that they were not enjoying their full rights, all the 10 humanist principles were discussed, allover people said that all of them needed this, they have known how they were used as the slaves of region for no good reason.

1.4 Village level sessions for participatory selection of micro-projects to be engaged in by OVC households with project support. This activity was done in areas of Kayungwe and Mufumba Women’s groups, the KHO facilitated the activity and selected resource persons with expertise in agricultural extension and experts in small business promotion have been engaged in our activities to add skills to the caregivers in each village members were facilitated to identify their potentials in terms of their resource capacity so that the enterprises selected are manageable and they included piggery, tomato growing, brick making and expanding micro credit savings for further access to productive assets.

Table 1.0 summarizing groups and the enterprises selected.

Village

Kanyungwe—Piggery/ savings and revolving

Mufuba (BRP)—Piggery, crop farming, saving and revolving

1.5 Lunch food at Kanungu Humanist Primary School.

During the month of May and September children at Kanungu Humanist primary school have been provided with lunch food through donation from the Brighter Brains Institute (BBI), a California non-profit organization. Lunch food is generally posh and beans often served with vegetables from the community garden funded by Karen Thompson Zelevinsky in May 2017.

Kanungu children eating lunch
Kanungu children eating lunch

This is important to the children’s brain development and educational success. Many children in this community receive only one meal a day. Their hunger prevents them from proper learning at school, if they do not receive nourishment mid-day.

1.6 The Tilapia pond farming

Funds were provided in September 2017 by the Brighter Brains Institute to construct a Tilapia pond in Kanungu.

Tilapia and a fish native to Uganda where they are easily bred to reproduce quickly, Ugandans eat tilapia fried, boiled or stewed with groundnuts sauce. Profits from the tilapia pond will pay the tuition fees of the completely needy children, the orphans in Kanungu who have no one to support their education. Tilapia with its valuable protein will also be fed to the children once a week.

This is done in the community of Mufumba village, Kiragiro cell Nyarurambi Mufumba village, Kiragiro cell Nyarurambi Parish, Rugyeyo Kanungu District.

Community garden - tomatoes
Community garden - tomatoes

1.7 Kanungu Humanist Women’s Empowerment Kanungu has two women’s collectives that work cooperatively to aid economic development in the community. Kanungu Women’s empowerment centre has 24 members. They received and 1890 in funding from the Brighter Brains Institute to disburse to members in small microloans enterprise.

Bugaari Rwanika Women’s Empowerment centre has 21 members. Brighter Brains Institute received and 900 for their microfinance projects primarily pigs and farming.

On 21st September 2017, the first group of the Kanungu Women’s Empowerment centre sat at their first meeting schedule and started depositing the microloans successfully.

Kanungu women discussing microloan projects
Kanungu women discussing microloan projects

1.8 Kanungu Humanist Primary school

The Kanungu Humanist Primary School is located in the South West of Uganda, near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest a home of the mountain gorillas at the Congo border. The school serves now atleast 152 children from grades nursery to primary six and 8 teachers.

The curriculum is secular humanist, a highly unusual feature in heavily religious Kanungu, where the vast majorities are Anglican, Catholic, Pentecostal, Islamic and the traditional African beliefs with their dangerous superstitions.

I will ever remember the burning of over 100 people by a religious cult led by Kibwetere and his wife Keredonia Mwerinde and the company. Kanungu District is highly infiltrated by all sorts of beliefs and unfortunately these very beliefs are used to oppress and disadvantage the gullible followers. The birth of the Kanungu Humanist Primary School is working on behalf of HIV/AIDS Orphans, the completely needy children, those oppressed to end systemic deprivation, hunger and poverty, a holistic approach to community development, education and healthcare.

Photo of a child with HIV/AIDS

1.9 Challenges

High levels of poverty in these villages

High levels of illiteracy as this affects protection of child rights.

Action plan

Kanungu Humanists Organisation should continue to sensitize masses on their rights and the humanism movement campaign.

That Kanungu Humanists organization should target the duty bearers through quarterly stakeholders meetings so that they get to understand the humanism situation in Kanungu and take appropriate humanistic action.

That Kanungu Humanists organization should continue to train and guide caregivers to select feasible KAWEC groups that will generate income for them.

Provision of technical advice and seed funds to finance groups selected enterprises.

Much emphasis to be put on follow upon the group.

Continuation of village level trainings for community members and local leaders on OVC rights and roles of every citizen in protecting and supporting OVCs and lectures advocating human rights and equality.

Continue household visits to verify groups projects and other project intervention areas.

2.0 Conclusion

The September planned activities were successful, the community members have realized their rights and they can get solutions for their rights and they can get solutions for their problems, some have started making their own by-laws on excessive alcohol consumption in their groups to end criminals that has been rampant in the area. Kanungu Humanists organization and the Kanungu Humanist Primary School started on a shoestring basing on the previous situation in the last 20 years using local resources and with community support, facilities are poor!

Thanks to support from Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) and its generous funders.

  • Karen Zelevinsky
  • David Thompson
  • Davida Lecomte
  • Sybil de Clark
  • Rick Thomas
  • Lesley Connors
  • Vicki Van Horn
  • Ivan Robic
  • John Robic
  • Kennita Watson
  • Hansen Li
  • Kathy Wilson
  • Catherine Mason
  • Kevin Saldanha
  • Gregory Burnett
  • Barry Duke
  • Penny Jaques
  • Catherine Durendeck
  • Aydin Tankut
  • Tim Davis
  • Steven Teixeira

We believe that Kanungu Humanists organization is a worthy cause that will do a great deal of good for many people. We are very very very happy to partner with you to make this project a reality,leading to substantial benefits in the short, medium and long term.

Your support whether financial, material or advice make a big difference to the lives of many children!

A big thank you again for funding these activities.

Reported by;

MAGARA ROBERT

PROJECT DIRECTOR



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