We are passionate about being community led and community driven. These are some of our guiding principles, and at the heart of what we do and what we stand for.
We began 2016 with our Annual General Meeting for all of our volunteers, and last week we held a special parents meeting for all sponsored children’s parents and guardians. This is because we care about involving all members of our organisation, from volunteers to beneficiaries, to parents to community leaders, in our decision making and planning.
Being Community Led is at the heart of what we do and what we believe. We aim to empower local people to be active in their own development and to make a difference in their own communities. We have a fantastic team of volunteers who give up their time and energy to volunteer in their local communities every week and we could not do what we do without them.
This is why we wanted to hold our volunteers AGM at the beginning of the year. As we look towards the year ahead and begin to plan our programmes, we wanted to involve all our volunteers in making decisions and sharing their opinions on how our projects run. We believe our volunteers are so valuable and important to the work that we do, so we wanted to make sure we listened to them and encouraged them in all that they do for us.
We are also passionate about being Community Driven. We are proud that we have good relationships with the different communities that we work in, that we are trusted and respected by community members and community leaders alike, and that we aim to and often are able to respond to different communities needs as they arise. Many of the ideas for our programmes and projects come from the communities themselves. We believe in asking people what their needs are and how best we can help them, and giving people the space to come up with creative solutions themselves.
This is why this week we held our sponsored children’s parents day. We wanted to discuss how our School Sponsorship programme is running, to allow parents to discuss issues, raise any concerns and ask questions, and also to make suggestions. We will be running a similar day to this at the end of the month but just for our sponsored children themselves.
We look forward to 2016, and pray that we can continue to work together with our volunteers, parents and beneficiaries to bring about positive changes in the lives of the children and communities that we are working with in Kampala, Uganda.