The 2018-2022 strategic plan designing and development.
As we are in the final stages of designing and developing the next 5 year strategic plan, it was realized that it is great importance to involve all stakeholders in the process, with this the Centre based children together with their parents were also given opportunity to participate and contribute towards the development of this Strategic plan ( 2018-2022) . The children were gathered to participate in the process, giving them a chance to give their views on how they wish the Centre should look like in the future.
Health and hygiene
The Centre received a team of two volunteers from South Korea (Yesong and Yenhwa ) who trained the girls, teachers from the Centre and partner schools on how to make reusable sanitary pads, they brought a lot of items for the Centre, talked to the children on health and hygiene related issues and they are hoping to come back to do more activities with the children.
There is also a couple (Simon and Sandra Mader) from Switzerland who have stayed for a couple of months, they have been productive while at the Centre, Simon is an accountant and he has helped much in reconciling the VICOBA book of accounts, while Sandra being an Occupational Therapist (OT) has also helped much with OT activities for the Centre based and the Home based children.
In an aim to improve the livelihoods of the children and their homes, one of the Centre children in the names of Shamim Kyoyiga got a water project, she sells water to the community and earns income out of it, she also joined the Youth VICOBA, that is where she saves some of the money and the rest is used to meet her daily basic needs. In addition, there are quite number of livelihood projects initiated for several Centre children, this has been possible with the help of Kitega supporters
Poultry project is one of the projects at the Kitega Centre, aimed at equipping the children with Poultry skills and earning some local revenue. The revenue from the poultry will help the centre meet some of its daily needs as it serves the children and the skills acquired by the children will help them implement similar projects in their homes. Currently we are keeping 400 birds in the Poultry houses.
We have put in place programs that are aimed at improving the livelihoods of PWDs through empowerment with skills and competences in managing viable income generating activities as well as empowering PWD households to be able to meet their basic needs and promote independence, strengthening their capacity in Income Generating Activities and resource mobilization skills lobbying for them. The program areas in which they have been trained are Bakery, Tailoring, and Carpentry.
The generous support from Kitega Supporters has made it possible for the centre to provide project porridge to the children at the centre and those at Katungulu primary school. The children take porridge at break and a meal at lunch time. This has helped children to concentrate in school, improved performance is witnessed and motivation to many children who are out of the school, to attend school.
Katungulu P/S Staff housing project.
With support from Riverside Evangelical Church – Scotland, the school in Katungulu will now be able to have Staff quarters, this was one of the challenges that the School was experiencing, teachers were moving miles to come and attend to the pupils or it was the School to find accommodation within the community and meet the costs of paying for the houses on monthly basis. Fortunately God blessed the school with this opportunity and the Construction has started
Launching the construction of staff quarters at Katungulu Primary School.
The “Tusisimuke” literary means “let’s wake up”. The project initiated to empower the local communities through Churches to champion and take a lead in identifying community needs and provide feasible solutions to overcome them and create a positive change in the community. The project is gradually achieving its goals; in the 10 communities where it is taking place we have witnessed the local people giving testimonies for what has been experienced. Some of the challenges tackled are poor sanitation, poverty, food insecurity, illiteracy and among others.
People have been able to wake up and take actions in the above mentioned areas that is to say construction of toilets through joint efforts, growing of food, provision of Functional Adult Literacy (education for adults).
Evaluating the impact of Tusisimuke programme.
Carrying out field visits and monitoring of the projects.
Some of newly constructed toilets in one Katungulu Village
Joint Board and Management Committee Meeting.
In February, the Board of Trustees and Management Committee of the Kitega Community Centre held the Annual meeting. The meeting was to evaluate the previous year and draw more plans for the future of the Centre. Amazingly in the meeting, there was a new member welcomed by the team and this is one of the Centre’s children ( Shamim Kyoyiga). She represents the entire children to the Board. Numerous resolutions for the year 2018 were made successfully. For more details please see the attached copy of minutes of the meeting.
Looking ahead: Fundraising.
Looking ahead, the Centre is looking forward to continuing supporting the graduate children, this is going to be done through setting up various projects and one of the projects are bakery, and tailoring. Centre is mobilising some funds to set up a structure where these two projects will be housed permanently and become a place of employment for the children be carried out. The spaces available are too small and currently the activities are being done outside in the compound. If these two projects are strengthened, there will be employment opportunities for the graduate children with disabilities.