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Help care development organization to implement sustainable skill and empowerment program. Executive Summary. The area of intervention of this project for the above campaign is located in Masindi District, on the outskirts of masindi Municipality in the suburban residential and characteristically slum areas. People living in these areas are in condition of extreme poverty and consequently they have no possibility to afford the costs of basic needs, such as shelter, education, healthcare and food. The majority of the families have an average number of six children per household and they struggle to survive by doing odd jobs. Therefore, all the family incomes are basically oriented to first needs and in most cases they cannot afford the cost of school fees for the children. In the case of a family that can afford the cost of the school fees, most of them don’t have money to purchase school materials, as exercise books and texts. As a result most of these poor families choose very simple and poor but affordable schools for their children. Children from poor families attend schools that have no libraries or opportunities for research. Yet these very children are examined together with the rest of the better off children who have access to good schools with all the necessary facilities. The extreme consequence of this is that the children that are in need of a scholarship to continue their studies, are the ones without possibilities to obtain it. The opposite is true, that it is the well off children who after attending very good schools perform better and are eligible for free higher education at university level. For the children from these poor families who succeed to be in school, continuing with the education is still a big challenge this is because many of them drop out (stop) due to other reasons such as family needs. For example many girls stop going to school in order to take care of the sick parent at home or boys to do some work to support the home. By the time such a child is free to go back to school it is no longer possible to continue with the regular schools. The only options are entrepreneurs and vocational skills training. However the, cost of entrepreneurs and vocational skills training, that could be considered as a middle solution between work and school, are still beyond the means of many poor families living in these slum areas. Illiteracy have negative consequences on the whole family, for the reason that a parent that hasn’t received an education, is not able to get a good job and is not able to pay the school fees for his children. Unfortunately the same parent cares very little about the size of his family thereby creating a vicious circle of poor families transmitted from generation to generation. Through increasing quality and access to affordable education for poor children, and skills training for poor youth and women, this project aims to give a concrete possibility of social and economic empowerment to the adults of tomorrow and to all their families. Therefore, in this project we request you to support us the amounting of $19824 for creating for entrepreneurs, Through vocational skills training and to run a financial literacy school to promote community development. I’m very interested in having a personal discussion with you where I can explain in more detail how your donation will go about benefiting our organization. I would like to close by thanking you for the time you have taken to read our campaign, and by saying that we expectantly look forward to receiving your donation from you. Below is a brief background about care development organization Backgrounds and justification Care Development Organization (CDO) is located in Masindi town of Bunyoro region- Uganda This region has a total population of 1,490,892 by the year 2002 with land area of 51,681.8 hectares. The region is composed of seven districts such as Masindi district, Kibale, Buliisa, Hoima,Kiryandongo,kiboga and Kyenjojo. According to regional office of population this region is one of the poorest zones in Uganda western Zone with per capita income of 605,027Tshs or 362 USD. Out of total population of the zone 46% is child while 52% and 2% are adult and old respectively. From the whole population of the zone 92% live in rural areas engaged in agricultural activities, which is the dominant activity. This area is recurrently hit by food deficit mainly because of population pressure, climatical changes, erratic nature of rainfall, land shortage, backward agricultural technology (lack of modern agricultural implements and input) and so on. Regarding social services coverage this zone is backward. The primary enrollment ratio doesn't exceed 70% while that of secondary education is 15.6%. According to recent survey made by finance and economic development department nearly 60% of the population are illiterate in Masindi. The health coverage of this zone is 38% while only 19% of zonal population gets clean drinking water. Masindi Municipality is the center of Bunyoro region with population of more than 106,371 residents according to the 2002 census. Out of this population 32% are women. The town has numerous socioeconomic problems such as poverty, poor infrastructure, unemployment, poor social services and social ills. These make the town to be incompatible with the booming population that is hungry for these services. Young population is becoming dominant population group in the town. This group is also the most affected group of society by the above stated socio –economic constraints. The young sect of society in Masindi is alarmingly increasing from time to time because of three reasons 1) high rural to urban population 2) the strategic location of the town 3) the presence of some government institutions. Rural area of Masindi district is generally characterized by high land shortage (in some places less than 0.3 ha per household) causing low productivity. Because of his there is horrible poverty in rural Masidi that forces the young to migrate to urban center especially Masindi town in search of better life, education, health and other services. Second, Masindi is located in strategic position with main roads and highways crossing it in two directions namely Buliisa –Kampala capital city of Uganda, kiryandongo to. The accessibility of the town has resulted in high mobility of population from different directions to Masindi town. Third, there are some government institutions and different offices to which many youth come for education and other reasons. These all have resulted (especially the first two reasons) in high unemployment and juvenile delinquency. Problem statements The youngsters in Masindi have got economic and social problems. The economic problem is lack of employment opportunities. Even though youth population is dominant in the town, there are no enough jobs to absorb them and there is very high unemployment. As a result the youth do involve in illegal activities such as theft, gangsters, kidnapping and so on to sustain their lives. Common social problems are lack of recreation or entertainment centers, inadequate social facilities (health, education, and housing), etc. The lack of recreation center has led to engagement of youth in bad habits such as chewing chat (local stimulant plant) and drinking alcohol. In the study made by youth, sport and culture department of Bunyoro region 75% of the youth indicated that the reason for problems caused by youth in the town is lack of entertainment centers for them. The same study also shows that 66.7% the youth spend their time chewing chat, as there is no place for recreation. In the study 75% of the youth indicated that establishment of youth center could alleviate the problems of the above-mentioned bad habits. To observe the problems of youth one can easily go to the streets of Masindi and observe the army of youth wondering joblessly. In every streets of Masindi ,it is common to see them in a very large number crowding the streets without any work, rather involving in gambling, betting .If these are mobilized in organized manner, they can really bring about great change in their lives and in the society. Youth at present is being scorched by HIV/AIDS. In Masindi town the report from Masindi Government Hospital indicates that the pandemic is as high as -11%. Besides 64% of the hospital HIV/AIDS patients occupy beds. The youth are one of the prime victims of the pandemic. Thus it is essential to act as soon as possible to reverse the deteriorating situation of the youth at least to maintain the sustenance of our generation. Their potentials could be used for the development of the nation if attention is paid to them. They could also contribute to attainment of our development agenda that we are hoping to attain. Recognizing this, we do present this proposal to the development partners to fund this project so that the youth can contribute to the betterment of their own life and of the community. Project Aim To improve the living standards of people living in slums and marginalized areas of Masindi through entrepreneurs, educational, skills training and support. Specific Aims The project will take place in Masindi Municipality and which the project intervention will have the following specific aims; • Training in entrepreneurial skills, money management and financial literacy. • Micro credit soft loans • Computer training for ICT development • Small home agricultural activities • Manufacturing tourist local products for export • To run vocational skills trainings (metal fabrication, carpentry, tailoring, saloon, ICT) • To promote community development • 10. Provision of credit to those engaged in small scale business Project Objectives The overall objective of this project is to create an enabling environment for the youth of Masindi Municipality in Bunyoro region of Uganda so that they can be self - dependent, contribute to the development of the area and be an active participant in development effort of the nation. Specific objectives are to inculcate entrepreneurial skills in the youth , to make youth self-employed, and initiate the youth and women to be engaged in sporting activities, small business (micro-credit revolving fund), vocational skills training, , and other similar innovative and creative projects. Training the youth on entrepreneurial skill, financial literacy and money management Most of the youth in town are unskilled. Most don’t have enough knowledge on enterprise development, Idea development and implement, petty trading and related activities. Some have skills but their knowledge is traditional. Besides, they have no startup capital as well as the skill to handle their own personal finances. They lack the skill of saving and spending beyond their means. Therefore, training on business development and going to envisaged business of their interest is the first step. Provision of revolving fund for the entrepreneurial youth To be engaged in trading activities in the center (business & recreation) they need start up capital. To this end, they should be given revolving fund to those interested that will be collected back. The beneficiaries are those who are going to trade in the shops, involve in cafeteria service, in running sport, information center and film show. The repaid money will be given again to others who didn’t get the credit. This is why we have included the micro soft loan budget. Needy Children Support Children support activities seeks to improve lives of poor children through vocational skills for orphans and vulnerable youth (carpentry, computer maintenance, tailoring and hairdressing), educational support for 121 children through support of scholastic materials like books, penss , pencils etc, functional Adult literacy training, community development activities (micro credit; sustainable agriculture; food aid to orphans and elderly people; health and hygiene trainings), environmental protection (energy saving stoves, biogas production; rain water harvesting; use of compressed soil bricks), running a cinema showing didactic movies and cartoons to the children of the slum, supporting to the local community through the distribution of mosquito nets and medicaments, organizing sport and drama activities for the youth of the slum, and income generation through movie shows/ sale to cover part of the costs of the organisation. ICT Training The course of computer directed by CDO animators will involve the young people of the community of Masindi and the women who cannot be admitted to similar courses because of the age, of the cost and the level of education. This program of computer science is the only one existing in the zone of Masindi Municipality. The number of beneficiaries will target a particular part of the population, on average 72 youngsters and 50 women. The center will also offer the possibility of using computers facilities in order to train youth acquire ICT skills to tap into lucrative ICT jobs/opportunities. Vocational skills training In the aim of improving the life quality of disadvantaged persons and to give a professional qualification to the young people, CDO will improve the quality of the existing vocational skills training, and increase the number of beneficiaries through acquisition of more training materials and instructors. Because of the problems off insuring a constant supply of electricity (sometimes the distribution is limited to 3 – 12 hours per day) CDO will purchase a three –phase generator. At the end of the professional training the graduates will receive a professional kit (box of tools, sewing machine,..) that will put them in the position to start quickly working on their own. The total number of beneficiaries is of 250 young people. Also, CDO will organize vocational trainings for disadvantaged youth aged from 12 – 30 years, with the aim of offering vocational skills for job in the following skills areas; tailoring, hairdressing, video making / photo making in which the project will be benefiting 60 tailoring, 52 hairdressing, and 30 video-making / photo youths. Support HIV/AIDS affected families In order to limit the spread of AIDS diffusion among the population of Masindi district, CDO supports 7 childhood cancer and 120 affected families whose children are already beneficiaries of the center. The HIV affected persons are supported through the subsidies of household Items /needs such as soap, salt , clothes, etc for the affected and start up input for the head of family in order to set up income generating activities. Furthermore the beneficiaries of the program will be referred to medical centers in order to receive free medical care and antiretroviral. Among the families supported by CDO, 40 of them, the most disadvantaged ones, will receive a further support through food distribution. Awareness meeting Once every month the main room will host sensitization and awareness meetings under the facilitation of professional and experienced trainers. The meetings will be followed by a discussion among the participants. The main topics will be; gender based violence, HIV/AIDS prevention, children rights, general health, life saving strategies, women empowerment, cultural heritage and tourism promotion. The planned number of beneficiaries is 72. Cinema For the children the multimedia activities constitute a leisure and fast instrument to learn new things. Through documentaries and cartoons, this activity will reach a greater number of children in order to facilitate learning in a leisure atmosphere. Budget expenditure summary No Activities Unit Cost in USD($) 1. Purchase of sewing machines 50 each at $100 5000 Purchase of 10 full set computers 10 each at $500 5000 Purchase of 5 still photo cameras and 3 video cameras 5 still photo each at 300 3 video camera @840 $1500 $2520 Micro-credit soft loan ……… $5000 2 Paying the trainer/tutor 3 each at a salary of $150 $450 3 Pieces of plain clothes 5 each at $30 $150 4 Threads 50 rolls each at $1 $50 5 Other costs/miscellaneous costs ------ $154 TOTAL = $19824 Conclusion In this project we request you to donate $10,20,50 or 100 USD for the implementation of this project that is expected to be conducted in Masindi district and later the project will spread to other remained 6 districts of Bunyoro region which are; Masindi district, Kibale, Buliisa, Hoima,Kiryandongo,kiboga and Kyenjojo. You’re kindly requested to partner with us for the implementation of this unique project to be conducted in Uganda. We therefore thank you in advance for your contribution and care to make a small difference in someone's life. Thank you! Thank you!

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