Karamoja Community UK Foundation

Board Meeting 24th March 2019

new members 2019

 

The Karamoja Community UK Foundation invites all partners, friends , investers, well wishers to a general meeting on  24th March 2019 at St Chad Church Hall 5 Whitworth Road London from 1:00pm to 3pm

Agenda for the meeting will be

1. Fundraising events of the year

2. On going projects

3. Introduction of new members

4. AOB

 

 

Highlights of Karamoja -Teso Conference in London 2018

This was the 5th Annual Teso Development International Conference (TDIC). It took place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018 at the 4-Star De Vere Selsdon Estate Hotel, London, UK.

TDIC 2018 was organized by Iteso Welfare Association (IWA) UK, in collaboration with Iteso Cultural Union (ICU) UK and Karamoja Community UK Foundation (KCUKF). IWA UK is 27-year old organisation that is registered to operate in the UK and in Africa.

The theme of the conference was; Working Together for Sustainable Development. This theme built on the theme of the 2017 conference which was Teso: Past, Present, and Future.

The overall goal of the conference was to unite, collaborate, and partner with young people and women in identifying strategies for achieving sustainable development of the Ateker people in the UK, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

The conference was opened by His Royal Highness the Emorimor Papa Iteso Augustine Adugala Lemukol Osuban who was the Guest of Honour. In his address, he suggested demarcating Teso into different agricultural zones so as to increase productivity and development.

The Emorimor arrived Thursday 20th September 2018 accompanied by his Wife, Toto Akaliait Agnes Osuban, the Prime of Iteso Cultural Union, Paul Sande Emolot, Minister for International Relations and Diaspora Affairs, Leonard Ekapu Otekat and Government of Uganda State Minister for Teso Affairs, Hon. Agnes Akiror Egunyu.

The conference was closed by Hon. Akiror, who spoke about government programmes in Teso and addressed several pertinent issues raised by the delegates. She informed the conference that the budget for her ministry has increased from 1.8 to 6.8 billion Uganda shillings and the government had agreed to provide students from Teso 100 scholarships to study science courses as per the resolutions of TDIC 2017.

Dr. Young Gill Lee gave a Key Note address where he emphasised the need for a knowledge-based and connectivity driven economy.  Using the example of South Korea, Dr. Lee said Teso needed infrastructural connectivity, electronic connectivity and knowledge connectivity but these must lead to market connectivity.

Lawyer Richard Anguria Omongole informed the conference about the different cases for compensation of the Iteso for the losses they suffered during the war. He appealed to the Minister of State for Teso Affairs to organise a delegation to meet the president over the payment of 120 billion awarded by court.

The Prime Minister of Teso, Paul Sande Emolot thanked IWA for organising the conference and appealed to the Iteso to unite so as to achieve their interests.

On Sunday, Papa Emorimor started his day with prayers at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church, South Croydon.

One of the key conference highlights was the launch of Karamoja Community UK foundation by the Emorimor, who was presented with a gift of emakuk.

Before departing for Uganda Friday 28 September 2018, the Emorimor and his delegation received a delegation from Uganda High Commission in London. The delegation led by Mrs. Juliet Mugerwa, the Counsellor for Community Affairs thanked the Emorimor for his service and handed him an assortment of gifts.

The Dinner

At the end of Day 1, delegates were hosted to a powerful charity dinner that was attended by over 100 guests who revelled till 1:00 am.

IWA was honoured to host the representative of the Kabaka of Buganda in the UK, Mr. Ronald Frederick Lutaaya and Princes Nazziwa. Mr. Lutaaya lauded the close working relationship between Buganda and Teso communities in the UK.

The Emorimor also launched a book on Teso Food recipes written by ICU UK. The book is written to guide on the preparation of different Teso dishes.

The other highlight of the dinner was the presentation of awards for various services rendered to Teso. The following received awards:

  1. Richard Anguria Omongole for his distinguished legal service to the Iteso community;
  2. David Wako a.k.a. Davido Spider for using his music talent to promote charitable work in Teso communities;
  3. Gabriel Opolot Ononge, for his distinguished service to the Iteso through his tireless efforts in Iteso Cultural Union to mobilise youth to engage in their community affairs and his persistent advocacy for culturally informed development in Teso;
  4. Elma Challa Kapel, Miss Tourism, Uganda for promoting Uganda as a tourist destination;
  5. Equity Bank Uganda for supporting IWA activities.

The following people from Namasagali Former Students’ Association were also recognised: Jimmy Kagusa for donating football kits to Teso; Mr. and Mrs. Lubowa and Mr. and Mrs. Mukasa for their relentless support to IWA.

During the dinner, the Karamojong presented a refreshing Bull dance and remix of Karamojong dances which delighted guests.

At the conference, obu emuria ikodikod bulaya as new members were honoured with names of Iteso. The following were honoured with Iteso names.

  1. Pamela Lubowa who was Secretary for the conference was named Apolot;
  2. Brandy Mukusa who was in charge of protocol was named Akiteng;
  3. Rogers Mukasa who was named Emong;
  4. Young Gil Lee, the Vice Chancellor of Kumi University and Key Note speaker at the conference was named Esunget, former paramount chief of Kumi County.

These names were in addition to others who were previously given Iteso names.

  1. William Masembe Nkatta of Buganda Heritage Foundation and a great friend of Teso named Okiror;
  2. Gillian Sutton, IWA’s Director of Finance who is Asio;
  3. Sarah Eicker, Director of Ron Hubbard Foundation, named Amulen;
  4. Tracy Coleman, Public Relations Officer, Church of Scientology named Atiang.

Information about the speakers and their papers can be found here and background information about the conference can found here.

The conference attended by nearly 100 people adopted 9 resolutions stressing greater unity of the Ateker people, improved coordination of development efforts led by the affirmative ministries of Teso and Karamoja affairs, promotion of tourism and creation of economic zones, among others. Full resolutions will be published separately.

Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

To enhance young graduates’ employability and bridge their transition to work, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Volunteer Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development are implementing the Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme. The Scheme supports Government of Uganda’s Green Jobs Programme in revitalizing quality apprenticeship and volunteerism. The Scheme aims to address the challenges of unemployment and low labour productivity particularly among youth through providing graduates, with access to work-spaces to gain employability skills. Young graduates will be placed as volunteers in institutions across various sectors for a period of 12 months.

This is a call for application for young Ugandan graduates to join the Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme.

Eligibility Criteria
1. Ugandan national;
2. Aged 18 to 35 years on the date of application;
3. Has a Masters or Bachelors degree or Diploma/Advanced Certificate from Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) institute;
4. Has been out of school for a period of 0-4 years (maximum).

Application Procedure
Apply online at website http://www.gvsuganda.org
Deadline for receiving applications for the first batch is 8th October 2018.
ONLY applications received through the website above will be considered.
The Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme provides an opportunity equally to all. As such, all young women, men and persons with disability that meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

Karamoja News Bulletins

*’Stop violence against youth,’* Lokodo tells Government

_‘’I call upon government to use peaceful means talk to the youth wisely and know what they want. And also Ugandans are called upon to talk, walk and do peace irrespective of their affiliations.’’_

http://nilepost.co.ug/2018/09/25/stop-violence-against-youth-lokodo-tells-government/

Karamoja Cultural dance

Celebrating with miss tourism the cultural dance during the launching of Karamoja foundation in uk

Conference 2018

Speakers at Teso-Karamoja Conference 2018

The 5th Teso Development International Conference (TDIC) will take place at De Vere Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, London, United Kingdom from Saturday 22nd to Sunday to Sunday 23rd September 2018.  The theme of the conference is: Working Together for Sustainable Development. His Royal Highness the Emorimor Papa Iteso August Adugala Osuban will be the Guest of Honour. He will open the conference and  call upon the Iteso and friends of Teso to support the development of Teso. The Emorimor who arrives Thursday 20th September 2018 will be accompanied by his Wife, Toto Akaliat Agnes Osuban, the Prime of Iteso Cultural Union, Paul Sande Emolot, Minister for International Relations and Diaspora Affairs, Leonard Ekapu Otekat and Government of Uganda State Minister for Teso Affairs, Hon. Agnes Akiror Egunyu. Hon. Akiror will update the conference on government programmes in Teso.

Knowledge & Connection for Sustainable Development

Keynote Address at the 5th Teso Development International Conference

By Dr. Young Gil Lee, Vice Chancellor, Kumi University, Uganda

KNOWLEDGE is a strategic force for sustainable development. If we focus primarily on traditional way of doing economy, there will be no leap-frogging toward new society in Teso and Karamoja. We need to infuse knowledge factor into society, so that development could take place based on knowledge. For sustainable development, knowledge dimension is critically important in every aspect of life and culture. Knowledge economy means the economy, in which knowledge plays crucial role. We should start from literacy campaign, through school enrolment, quality of education, development of science & technology and conversion of all these into business and industry. Language, skill, science and technology are key words in knowledge economy. Knowledge is critical in value addition, without which there will be no entrepreneurial development. Demanding need in such knowledge economy is to KNOW IT and to MAKE IT KNOWN.

To have knowledge spreading quickly and effectively, we should have capacity of connection. Knowledge and connection are twin brothers for development, for knowledge cannot be obtained without connection, which facilitates knowledge transfer, creation and dissemination. For the connection, the most foundational concept is PLATFORM. The platform is to connect knowledge source to knowledge need, creating unimaginable dynamics of interactions. The Teso Development International Conference is an excellent model of such platform, where knowledge interaction takes place. This platform shall lead us all to next level of skills, appropriate technologies, science and advanced technologies, and development of industries and businesses for the long run.

To make development in Teso & Karamoja knowledge-based and connectivity-driven, we need to develop sense of PUBLIC DIPLOMACY. Development interactions should not be bound into locality but be expanded to the nation and global communities. Teso Parliamentary Group is connecting Teso & Karamoja on national level, while IWA-UK on international one. Public diplomacy is to invite national and global stakeholders on to local focus of Teso & Karamoja. We need various partners in different geographical locations and spheres. The more diplomatic connections we have, the better we can perform for sustainable development.

UNIVERSITY is potentially an excellent platform for knowledge and connection for sustainable development, for she is basically knowledge institution of teaching and learning, while unimaginable connections take place there locally, nationally and internationally. University, located especially in underdevelopment area, is more critical in her role of knowledge and connection for development. The University-driven development model can be a good model for sustainable development, which we can try together with local, national and international partners.

Young Gil Lee, Keynote Speaker

As a South Korean national, he studied in South Korea, USA and India in the areas of Public Administration and Theology. He served as a director at Korean Centre for International Cooperation in both A. N. College Patna and National Institute of Technology Patna, India. He has assumed responsibility of Vice Chancellor at Kumi University in Uganda since 2014. He currently serves also as an international advisor at Geneva Institute for Leadership & Public Policy, Geneva, Switzerland, and assists Knowledge & Connection track at Transform World Movement.

Development Challenges in Teso and Karamoja

By Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat, President of Forum for Democratic Change Party in Uganda

Patrick Oboi Amuriat is the President of Forum for Democratic Change Party in Uganda, Uganda’s largest opposition political party. He is an engineer with Bsc. Engineering (Makerere University) and Masters in Engineering (Makerere University).

Before joining politics in 1994, Eng. Amuriat worked in a number of local and international Engineering Consulting firms and community development organizations and also in public service working with Kumi District as District Engineer.

Eng. Amuriat represented Kumi County in parliament for 15 years from 2001-2016 during which he chaired the committees of Science and Technology; and Commission Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) and was a kingpin member of the Committee of Works and Transport for his entire time in Parliament.

Given his vast knowledge and experience, Hon. Eng. Patrick Oboi Amurait will speak about challenges to the development of Teso and Karamoja.

The Diaspora International Hospital Uganda Foundation: giving Ugandans a second chance of living.

Dr Wilber Sabiiti1 and Eng. Teddy Loumo Curran2 on behalf of the Diaspora International Hospital Uganda Foundation (DIHUF)

1School of Medicine, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK and 2AWARE Uganda

Challenge: Like other sub-Saharan African countries, Uganda still grapples with a high burden of communicable diseases (CDs) including HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. Eight out of ten top disease killers in Uganda are CDs and account for over 50% of deaths per year. As if adding an insult to injury, the burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart and kidney disorders, mental illness etc is rising so fast, yet the infrastructure to deal with these kinds of illness is severely inadequate. Consequently, in 2017 Uganda government spent over 10 billion shillings to send her employees for specialised treatment abroad. This excludes private citizens who spend tens of thousands of US dollars to seek treatment in India and other developed countries. This trend is unsustainable as it drains resources from the country and only serves the privileged few.

Solution: The Ugandans in the diaspora have chosen to do something about it and reverse the situation. Together, the Ugandan diaspora will build the Diaspora International Hospital Uganda (DIHUF) that will provide international quality general and specialised healthcare, obviating the need to seek healthcare abroad by Ugandans. The all-inclusive medical village will integrate medical services, research and training and healthcare-associated entrepreneurship. To realise this vision, the Diaspora International Hospital Uganda Foundation (DIHUF) has been established with headquarters in London United Kingdom and secretariat in Gothenburg Sweden. The DIHUF headquarters is linked to a network of national DIHUF chapters in all countries where Ugandan diaspora exist. The Uganda DIHUF team has been established and they will be responsible for implementing all the projects in Uganda under the oversight of the DIHUF board of directors. By drawing on the Ugandan healthcare experts in the diaspora and all Ugandan diaspora passionate about changing the plight of healthcare in our homeland, DIHU will be a success.

Conclusion: We strongly believe that through Diaspora International Hospital Uganda, Ugandans will be given a 2nd chance of living by accessing the best of specialised healthcare nearby within their own country.  We also believe that this is one of the best ways the Ugandan diaspora can contribute to the economic transformation of Uganda. DIHU will not only provide healthcare but also jobs in the form of employment and business to entrepreneurs.

Authors of this abstract are DIHUF Board members. Read more about DIHUF on https://dihuf.org/index.php/aboutus/aboutus and the 1st DIHUF conference here https://dihuf.org/index.php/aboutus/aboutus

Reclaiming the Future through Inter-generational Partnerships for development and Transformation. 

By Helena Okiring, founder and CEO of the Dream Initiative

The presentation will be based on two case studies drawn from Teso, with a goal to highlight key lessons and opportunities for social entrepreneurship and inter-generational partnerships that could provide organic, sustainable solutions to address gaps in education and youth employment in the region.

Helena Okiring is the founder and CEO of the Dream Initiative, a platform for the development of creative leadership based in Uganda. She has worked has worked in the NGO sector in East Africa for over 7 years with a core focus on Youth and Women in Development. Notably, she has pioneered programmes on Youth participation in public policy and governance, promoting the participation of women in leadership. She is a final year student at the University of Nottingham where she is concluding an MA in Critical Theory and Cultural studies. Helena is also an alumnus of the prestigious International Visitors Leadership Programme by the United States Government, awarded to persons who have demonstrated outstanding excellence in contributing to the advancement of Democracy and Good governance in their countries.

Domestic and Sexual Violence 

By Noreen Mukalazi, Women’s Developmet Worker, London Borough of Newham

Definition: Violence against women” means any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life (www.niaendingviolence.org.uk,2018). Domestic violence affects everyone of us directly or indirectly. Men, women and children experience domestic abuse. However, statistics Worldwide indicate that, 35% of women have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence (www.unwomen.org,2017).

Methods or approaches used: Social context – Family structure, standards and acceptable norms. Cultural context – Economic abuse, using isolation, cultural expectations of a woman in different cultural contexts. Gender approach – This approach will look at male privilege, coercive control, using children. Results from the approaches: Understanding and taking responsibility i.e. minimize denial and blaming in the process, early intervention. Understanding the Power and Control tool. Victim to survivor mode.

Recommendations: Women empowerment initiatives play a pivotal role in the elimination of violence against women and girls. The United Nations has recommended women’s empowerment is vital for sustainable development (www.unwomen.org,2017). Sensitization programmes for both men and women should be encouraged. Religious and cultural leaders have a key role to play in ensuring that they take no tolerance attitude to any form of gender-based violence. A Multi agency approach has proved to be the best way to support victims of domestic and sexual violence. Whether it is applicable in the Ugandan context is another matter to be explored.

Noreen Mukalazi is an Inspirational Speaker and Coach with a passion for empowering and helping women excel. Having obtained a First-Class Honours Degree in Business Management (Human Resource Management), she went on to work on the delivery of key strategic projects with a focus on talent management for large organisations such as Lloyd’s Registrar and the CIPD. She is currently working as a Women’s Development Officer for the London Borough of Newham. She gained various qualifications such as supporting survivors of domestic violence and career coaching and mentoring. Her specialities are: HR Talent Management, mentoring, speaking, personal and team coaching, career mapping and coaching and domestic & sexual violence policy consultant. She is founder of Equip Summer Camp and Ugandan Women in Business Forum.

Shaping Karamoja’ s Future Development Agenda: past, present and future development of Karamoja region

By Ambrose Dbins Toolit, United Nations Development Programme managing United Nations Volunteers Programme for South Africa and Lesotho

Many decades ago, it was common to hear people joke that “we shall not wait for Karamoja to develop”, such remarks were not uttered entirely in jest but as an expression of the reality of the under developed nature Karamoja region.

Karamoja historically has been viewed as a violent, backward, underdeveloped peripheral region since the colonial era. Although Uganda has achieved unprecedented socio-economic progress over the past decades with poverty declining, Karamoja has persistently remained the poorest and most underdeveloped region despite several development interventions.

Based on the human development index, the region is at the bottom of the radar, with one in every two people being poor. Unlike the rest of Uganda, Karamoja presents a unique development challenge. It is a semi-arid, characterised by a combination of acute poverty and persistent famine, vulnerability to drought, poor infrastructural development and basic social service delivery, limited marketing opportunities, natural resource degradation, social-cultural marginalisation, compounded by longstanding dependency on external aid.

Despite these challenges, the region is endowed with several untapped natural resources, livestock, proximity to two strategic international borders that can unlock trade opportunities. Karamoja’ s development potential has been highlighted many times yet untapped. For example, the region is considered as “the basket of Uganda’s minerals” (GOU, 2011) and “top tourist destination because of its stunning scenery and wildlife” (CNN, 2016).

The core aspirations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to ensure that no one is left behind. For Karamoja region to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of socio-economic development, it requires deliberate-ambitious and collective undertaking to turn its potentials to reality and transform the region; and reach out to the most marginalized especially youth and women.

To shed light on these issues, this paper titled, “Shaping Karamoja’ s Future Development Agenda: past, present and future development of Karamoja region” will be delivered by Ambrose Dbins Toolit at the 5th Teso Development International Conference in London, United Kingdom.

About Ambrose Dbins Toolit

A born of Karenga, Kaabong district, Karamoja region, Ambrose Dbins TOOLIT is a governance and policy analyst with well demonstrated years of professional experience in international development with the United Nations, International Development organizations and local Civil Society Organisations in Uganda, Lesotho and South Africa. He is currently working with United Nations Development Programme managing United Nations Volunteers Programme for South Africa and Lesotho.

Ambrose holds an MA. International Development Studies from Kimmage Development Study Center, Dublin-Ireland. He attended Makerere University where he received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Justice (2016), a Bachelor of Adult and Community Education (2006) and a Diploma in Education of Kyambogo University (1998).

Additionally, he is also a founding Executive Member and General Secretary of Karamoja Community UK Foundation, an organisation dedicated to advancing Karamoja’ s development through advocacy, sharing information experiences and strategies about the region in the diaspora.

Addressing Youth unemployment challenges in Karamoja region 

Hon. Esther Anyakun, Member of Parliament, Uganda

Honourable Esther Anyakun is a Member of Ugandan Parliament for Nakapiripirit District. She is also a Vice Chairperson Presidential Affairs Committee. Hon. Anyakun holds a Bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Logistics Management and Diploma in Social work and Administration. She is currently pursuing Executive MBA in, Procurement and Logistics management and Social Work Social Administration.

She is an experienced social worker, having worked as Regional Coordinator for USAID-RWANU project in Nutrition and Livelihoods and Case Worker with International Organisation for Migrants (IOM). She also worked as Hospital Administrator at Amudat Hospital. Hon. Anyakun will present a paper entitled: Addressing the challenge of youth unemployment in Karamoja region.

Unlocking poverty: a barrier to sustainable development to the people living in Teso sub region.

By Hon. Frederick Angura, Member of Parliament, Tororo County, South and member committees on Natural Resources and National Economy

Efforts to reduce poverty at national level often fail because the reasons people are poor vary from one location to another (Okwi et.al, 2006), indeed for Teso sub region there has been little critical analysis to establish the precise relationship between poverty and these causing factors. A few studies by UNDP through the District Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Profiles 2014 have laboured to explain the causes of increased poverty levels in the Teso sub region. This paper seeks to bring out the relationship between the people in their local living environment (Teso sub region) and poverty traps that lie therein.

Others speakers and guests are:

Hon. Veronica Isala Eragu Bichetero, Member of Parliament for Kaberamaid County and Vice Chair of Teso Parliamentary Group (TPG). She will present progress in the implementation of resolutions of TDIC 2017 conference.

Elma Challa Kapel, Miss Tourism, Uganda. She who will speak about promoting tourism in Uganda.

Dr. Dirisa Mulindwa, University of Sunderland, UK. Dr. Mulindwa, an expert in tourism will speak about development through tourism: the case of Eastern Uganda.

Lucia Mugena Aide, College Student, in the UK.  She will speak about the power of young people and the importance of investing in them.

Sara Eicker Amulen, Drug Free World and Director, Ron. Hubbard Foundation. Sarah will speak about the epidemic of substance misuse, crime and other antisocial behaviours.

Benon Oluka, Journalist and Graduate Student, University of Leeds. Benon will speak about development in Uganda: challenges and prospects.

Hon. Simon Lokodo, State Minister for Ethics who speak about achieving ethical sustainable development in Uganda.

Lawyer Richard Anguria Omongole. Richard will address compensation of the Iteso for the lost property by the Government of Uganda as per the ruling of High Court of Uganda.

There will also a presentation by Buganda Land Board on issues of land ownership in Buganda.

There will also be a grand charity dinner on Saturday 22nd September 2018 where the Emiromor will launch Karamoja Community UK Foundation and a book on Iteso food recipes, among other activities.

Hon. Charles Ilukor is a Member of Parliament for Kumi County in Kumi District and is a member of the committee of Budget and Finance and Economic Planning. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in accounting of Makerere University. He is a certified performance auditor having obtained a diplom

a in performance auditing from AFROSAI-E that is African Supreme Audit Institution English Speaking based in South Africa.

Prior to joining Parliament, he served for close to 20 years in the Office of the Auditor General of Uganda as a Senior Auditor. He is an accomplished performance auditor with and impeccable record and experience and has a vast knowledge of financial management in government institutions of Uganda. Hon. Ilukor speak about performance of government programmes and how local administrations in Teso and Karamoja improve the performance of government programmes for the benefit of the local people.

Hon.  Agnes Ameede is a Member of Parliament, Butebo District and Vice Chairperson Committee of East African Affairs and Member of the Committee of Commissions and Statutory Agencies. Before joining politics, worked as Senior Administrator, Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control/ Ministry of Internal Affairs. Hon. Ameede holds a BA (Makerere University), Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Uganda Management Institute), Masters in Management of Uganda Management Institute and Master of Science in Development Management (Open University), UK. For her earlier education, she attended St. Paul’s College Mbale and Tororo Girl’s School.

Hon. Ameede has interests in enhancing service delivery at the grassroot level; participatory generation and implementation of public policy; mobilization and sensitization of the masses about government policy; monitoring and evaluation of Public services; and participation in community development to eradicate poverty. During her time in the 10th Parliament, Hon. Ameede has founded Butebo Women’s Development Association, a company registered by guarantee and incorporated with limited liability. The objective of the Association is to promote the welfare and livelihoods of the people of Butebo focusing on the women, youth, elderly and the disabled.  The conference will benefit from Hon. Ameede’s immense experience and expertise.

Karamoja Community UK Foundation (KCUKF)

KCUKF is non-profit organisation constituted under the laws of England & Wales and is a registered company with reference No 11401811. The Organisation is working through building partnership with the public private sector civil society organisation in areas of education, community participation, health, environment and mining, cultural heritage, water and sanitation, agriculture through engaging with charities and partners that have participated in Karamoja development.

KCUKF is engaged in advancing Karamoja development through advocacy sharing information experiences and strategies in the UK and diaspora to strengthen the Karamoja voices and build capacity to participate effectively and influence decisions & Effective service delivery. The founding team members are William Curran Executive Director, Teddy Loumo Curran Director/ Chairperson, Rose Lilly Okello Atyang Vice Chairperson, Ambrose Toolit Execu

tive Secretary and Dr John Osuku Opio, patron.

Our aspirations are driven by a few indicators for Karamoja compared to Uganda as a nation, for example maternal mortality in Karamoja of 750/100,000 live birth compared to 336/100,000 live birth nationally in Uganda (Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, 2016). The infant mortality rate for Karamoja is high while for Uganda is 43 % (UDHS, 2016). The literacy levels for Karamoja being 63 % of persons above 15 not having attended formal education compared to national figures of 18%(UNDP, 2015). Reports also indicated malaria prevalence 69% whereas central region at 21% and only 1% in Kampala (UDHS, 2015).

The plans, aspirations and activities of KCUKF will be presented by Rose Lilly Atyang before it launched by His Royal Highness, the Emorimor, Augustine Osuban.

Partners

AWARE UGANDA ( Action for Women and awakening in Rural Environment )

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AWARE Uganda volunteers after a performance in Kaabong township

AWARE-UG was formed because of gender imbalance, resulting in to high levels of domestic violence & GBV, family neglect, women and human rights abuses, Ethnic clashes and cattle rustling causing high family death, highs levels of illiteracy among  Karamojong women, depriving/nomadic culture, high levels of HIV/AIDS as a result of rural nomadic migration.

AWARE boasts of a very experienced, exposed team in the social, economic and cultural problems affecting grassroots women in Karamoja. This team is not only well versed with the geography of the place, but has also a truck record of successful implementation of rural projects over the years.

AWARE has more than 25 years experience in implementing women’s emancipation project/programme.  AWARE operates particularly in Kaabong district, with branches in Abim, Kotido and Moroto . Its broad aim is to advance the social, cultural and economic status of women in Karamoja, interventions on Food security and Nutrition, Girl Child Education, AIDS/HIV & women/Human Rights campaign to build consistency.

KCUKF has distributed clothing and Sanitary pads to the children and women of Kaabong

WE-STAP ( We supply Toiletries and We Supply Toiletries and Products to Women in Need)

We have teamed up with WE-STAP to assist other stake holders to accelerate development for Karamoja in diaspora.

Our aspirations were driven by a few indicators for karamoja compared to Uganda as a nation, for example maternal mortality in Karamoja of 750/ 100,000 live birth compared to 336/ 100,000 live birth nationally in Uganda(Uganda demographic and health survey, 2016).  Infant mortality rates for karamoja is high while for Uganda is 43 %(UDHS, 2016). The literacy levels for Karamoja being 63 % of persons above 15 not having attended formal education compared to national figures of 18%  (UNDP,2015). Reports also indicated malaria prevalence 69% whereas central region at 21% and only 1% in Kampala (UDHS,2015).

We aim at encouraging girl child education by first keeping the girls in school our  project is to prevent periods poverty  in Karamoja the girls drop out as they can’t afford sanitary towels.
Teddy Loumo and Rose Lilly wants to help the many Karamoja girls who are forced to miss school every month. We are raising £ 20,000 to set up a hub where they can make washable and re useable ones.
The project will create a kit 8 reusable pads 2 pairs of underwear soap and information information on menestral health
The project will create jobs for both men and women
we feel committed in ensuring our fellow ladies and girls at the very least have available pads and have the products made to make the situation bearable to restore girls confidence and dignity.
This project will not only benefit the girls in Karamoja but all women in Uganda and UK

The present sanitary pads towels are a hazard to our environment hence We -stap has put out avariety of products which will save our environment from the daily pollution of the plastics that we use today.

for more information vist the site:

http://www.we-stap.com/

IWA -UK (Iteso Welfare Association  UK)

Meeting of 5th TDIC organisation in July in london

Iteso Welfare Association (IWA) UK is a registered charity number 1170126 based in the United Kingdom (UK). Our programs are designed to nurture development awareness, as well as empower and develop disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in the UK and Africa. We aspire to achieve positive citizenship, community participation, life learning and ultimately, a healthy community.

We are working together in bring the ateker people in terms of developemnt in all aspects of education, health , Women rights  by engaging the youth through conferences, meeting and exchanging ideas