"An Informed, Educated, Empowered and Just Society"
"An informed, educated, empowered and Just Society"
We aim to increase access to education, information and basic needs among women and children in Uganda. This will in turn lead to increased rates of remission and provide care that preserves the dignity for all women and children living below the poverty line, staying in slums and villages with no access to basic resources. At Leading Change Uganda, we understand that education is key to getting people out of the debilitatingand dehumanizing clutches of poverty. Hence, education is at the forefront our mission.
Access to education, particularly for the children in the poorest of poor families, is not always available. Leading Change Uganda is equipped to pass on knowledge and skills to children, youth and young women, enabling them to live better lives. The youth and children are Uganda’s future tomorrow, and women are the mothers of the nation who bring life into this wonderful world.
At Leading Change Uganda, knowledge and skills are acquired through a variety of training, such as entrepreneurship, financial management, consumerism, ICT and environment. The communities are also provided with basic needs such as clothes and food. As a youth-led organization, we allow enthusiastic young people and other personalities alike to share their skills with other youths who have not had that chance. By sharing our skills, we are holding hands together to fight and end early child marriages, high youth unemployment, youth and community illiteracy, poverty, environmental degradation, and improve markets and livelihoods. All these services are provided at no cost for the children and their care-givers.
Smile of a Child Project
To date, the Smile of a Child project provided basic needs to 100 under-privileged children, 60 women in the communities of Buwaali, Buso and Banga villages in the year 2018.
The items provided included educational materials, mattresses, food, clothing and other items provided through support from our partners and friends. Under this project, Leading Change Uganda celebrated with her children and women to mark days like Christmas, Easter, women day and 'Good Deeds' day where a number of activities are done such as sharing with one another.
Wangari Women’s Project
The Wangari Women’s Project equipped women with skills in: personal development (5D Cycle of Self-Discovery), financial literacy training and Peace and conflict resolution training. The project has 28 women from Buwaali village, 12 women from Banga village and 10 women from Buso village. The women with the help of Leading Change Uganda were able to start a Wangari Women Revolving Micro finance scheme where money is saved and loans are got to help them start businesses, educate their children and improve their health thus improvement in their standards of living. In 2018, 52 loans were given out and the scheme is fully managed by the women with the help of Leading Change Uganda.
This project has created togetherness among the women as they worked together on agricultural projects such as piggery farming which is a revolving project where women share piglets when the pig has successfully given birth, this revolves untill each member has a pig or piglet to rear, maize and beans farming where some of the proceeds are used to provide education materials such as books to the children under the Smile of a child project. The women under this project are equipped with skills to make reusable sanitary pads, last year 500 pads were made and 300 sold among the women to raise funds to sustain the project while 200 sanitary reusable pads were donated to the girls of Modern World Banga Nursery and Primary school. This project has seen women taking lead in their communities through providing employment and making important decisions in their homes.
Education for All Program
The Education for All Program is a program which provides free education to under-privileged children. In 2018, 50 children were able to acquire tuition fees for the whole year, the children were from the villages of Buwaali, Buso and Banga.
Three of the supported were able to do their Primary Leaving Examinations and passed with excellence to secondary level. Monitoring of the children was done through house visits and parents meetings to discuss on ways to help the children improve on their performance. Because a lack of good quality, free education and basic needs for the children of Buwaali, Buso and Banga villages has prompted LCU to continue joining hands with friends and partners to support the pupils of this communities with better education thus self-empowerment is key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Community Reading Club
The Community Reading Club has about 60 children who are taught how to read, count and write by one of the women from the Wangari Women project who volunteered to help the children so that their performance is improved at school. Because most of the children in these communities are very poor at reading and understanding English, yet it is the official language of Uganda, this prompted LCU to start the project.
In 2018, we have seen improvement in class performance of the children part of the club and also seen children who were not going to school learn how to read, write and count. Through the use of stories the children‘s listening and concentration skills were enhanced thus improvement in the children’s ability to understand, listen and express themselves in English. The children were trained in dental cleaning and maintenance and 100 children were given toothpaste and tooth brushed. Reading materials, dental and stationery were donated to the club, this enhanced the club operations.
LCU on the Farm Project
LCU On the farm project is a project where LCU provides learning opportunities to the children and women of Buwaali, Banga and Buso villages on animal rearing. The project has equipped women and children with animal rearing skills. It has provided an opportunity to Leading Change Uganda to create a model animal farm where the women and other community members come to learn and share experiences. By the end of last year, Leading Change Uganda under this project had seven animals after the goat she had acquired gave birth to twins. The animals acquired per household are; 1 Cow, 1 Pig, 2 Goats and 1 Sheep.
The animals under this program are taken care of by women have been chosen by the organization, the women have provided the land where the project is carried out and Leading Change Uganda fully supports them with finances, food and veterinary services.
Women Revolving Micro-Finance Scheme
The “Wangari Women Revolving Micro-finance Scheme” which targets rural women groups uneducated, socially and economically deprived in the villages of Buwaali, Buso and Banga in Wakiso district who are part of the Wangari women groups.
The scheme empowers the women individually by granting them small loans to start small, individual business projects, take their children to school, nutrition among others. The scheme is supported through savings made by the members and through collective income generating projects done by the women such as farming, tailoring among others. The profits of which are made to support the expansion of the scheme so that it continues to support the Wangari women thus improvement in their welfare and that of their families.
Volunteering at LCU
The Volunteering and Ambassador Programs are platforms that provide Ugandan and international personalities the opportunity to make a contribution to different communities.
Through this program, Leading Change Uganda has five international volunteers who are working in the comfort of their country where they provide advisory roles and fundraising support for the organization among other things. In 2018, LCU worked with five volunteers in Uganda to implement the activities in the work plan.
Through this program the organization has been able to extend her reach by sharing skills and resources with individual and organizational partners, women, and children.