UNITED YOUTH for DEVELOPMENT
CONTACT PERSON: Kayanja Philip Titibya Project Coordinator P.O. Box 31613, Kampala, Uganda – East Africa Tel: +256 706 564 960 (Office) / +256 775 544 858 (Cell) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
United Youth For Development (UYFD), is a community based organization, registered in Uganda under Lubaga Division Reg. LUB/490. UYFD unites,empower in capacity building to children and youths from age 15 - 45 years as well as the teachers who are teaching the little ones in our Urban Slum Infants school Network. Offices located in Makerere - Kikoni but operating in areas of Rubaga Division,and areas where the infants schools are (those in our network)
UYFD aims at creating opportunities and empowering vulnerable young people to live a lifelong commitment to active citizenship, through Education and Health services. All these are Self-help project components focusing towards social and economic emancipation of local communities.
UYFD follows the values and principles of Christianity; however, we admit and work with all denominations without any discrimination whatsoever.
Situation Analysis of our area of operation:
Our project area has a population of more than 800 Children and Youth who are largely vulnerable, destitute and socially underprivileged. Most of them lost their parents to AIDS and other diseases. Families in these communities, some of them child-headed, live below the poverty line. Only a few children can access Education and Health facilities. Majority is malnourished; often suffering from Tape worms + Malaria, and braves the mosquitoes and many suffering child abuse, violence and negligence of irresponsible parents. Communities suffer scarcity of water.
Given the increasing impact of HIV-AIDS, continued climate changes and price fluctuations in the agricultural sector (destroyed families income backbone as far as Uganda is concern with agricultural), many parents cannot effectively support their dependants with basic needs like feeding, medical care, clothing and scholastic materials.
- carpentry Vocational Training
- HIV/AIDS Support
- Basic Education and Computer training
- Electrical Installations training
- Business Consultancy
- Food services
- Art and Crafts (For single young mothers club)
- Farming projects
- Community Empowerment
- Music, Dance and Drama
The Urban slum infants schools network
UYFD runs ALPHA and OMEGA School at a very infant level for a moment at almost since parents pay little for a small allowance of the two teachers attending and teaching our children.
• Providing free education to this will create a future to many children. Our challenge many parents want to bring their children but we have no capacity, equipments to sustain the needful so for a moment we 76 children from nursery to level 2,hoping to grow by one class each year with future plans. The children's parents/guardians (mostly grandmothers) are too poor to pay for meals and other scholastic materials required at the government aided schools under Universal Primary Education program. The school will be full open to all needy and orphans children incase of any support from around the world.
• Hygiene in our school is strictly enforced (including, hand washing with soap before and after eating, also after visiting the toilet; drinking boiled water, brushing teeth and bathing). This again is followed by our outreach program where we reach out to the parents/guardians of these kids, to sensitize them on the same and proper care of the children, since we want our children to practice what we teach them even at home.
(b) Youths Programs: This program is designed to unite,build educate and develop promote young people skills. It acts as a mobilizing tool for identification of key local volunteers and a delivery mechanism for Awareness campaigns and prevention strategies. Competitions among community villages and schools, offer the opportunity to engage youth in activities that build their knowledge and skills to protect themselves from crime and HIV + STD infections.
The Sports program is designed to help children develop physical skills, appreciate exercise, make friends, enhance a sense of belonging as social beings, have fun away from misery, learn to share and play as members of a team, and improve on their self-esteem. It is also aimed at addressing economic development by providing a cheap method of improving employability, especially among the youth by teaching core skills essential for the local work place such as teamwork, leadership, discipline and the values of collective effort – having it in mind that the attitudes and behaviours taught to children through sports carry over to adult life in the wider community.
(c) Outreach (Community empowerment program)
This is an outreach program done under the grassroots education campaign. It is aimed at working in partnership with the mothers/guardians who look after the children. We reach out to them regularly for sensitization on Hygiene, while enforcing our practices at school into the households where the children live, like drinking boiled water, hand washing, nutritious feeding of children, food security and general basic care for children. This is always a fun filled day of getting to know the children's homes and interacting with the community, thus providing an arena to better meet their needs.
Through our school we have been able to mobilize the guardians and other members of the community to discuss / teach about significant issues affecting the development of our community as a whole, since at UYFD, we believe that for development to take, community members themselves should be involved. Families, neighbors, schools, religious and other community institutions all play significant roles in shaping young people's education and behaviors.
We also got a feeling of organizing several community training workshops including; Family Planning (FP) in future – whose aim is to sensitize and convince men to appreciate FP and produce children that they can manage, given their role as decision makers and providers of support in families, HIV/AIDS Testing and Counseling, Malaria control and distribution of mosquito nets, Hygiene for Life and Environment conservation.
UYFD CORE VALUES:
Unite,love ,working together,encouragement being Selfless and Hard working - Encouraging the young generation - Proper Accountability - Love Children with Empathy - Willingly to work with anyone for a better - Trusting God
Thank you for your kind attention. We look forward to working together in 2012 and beyond.
Best regards Kayanja Philip Titibya Project Coordinator