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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Community Facilitators trained in Parenting for Respectability

The four community facilitators  from Karambi and Kitholhu sub counties were  among RWECO staff and community facilitators trained in parenting for respectability.  The selected CF performed excelently in the exercises given and will work under their respective CBOs using a tested module with 16 sessions, one facilitated after the other in systematic order . The proposed start date is from 22nd June 2018 depending on agreements members of CBOs.
List of Community Facilitators per sub-county per CBO:
Sebastian          Cabot

Model parents and St. Mark
Masika             Semerita

Asiimwe          Agnes

Bulemera Joint Farmers Association and Model parents
Bwambale        Nelson

The Community Facilitators together with the program and project staff will be administering poverty Assessment Tool to the households of those 20 CBO members selected as project beneficiaries; This is a  home to home  research tool determining their social economic levels for which at a later stage shall be monitored to check for progress as to be done before the sessions of Parenting for Respectability start.
Members of the CBOs are also to adopt Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILCs) as a new improved mode of saving which will be trained to them by the project officer as one way of improving their household incomes.
The selected CBOs’ as project’ beneficiaries  are: ST .MARK  women community development Association, Karambi model parents Association; Kitholhu  Model Parents Association, Bulemera Joint Farmers Association

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Graphic Re-visioning of Nonprofit Overhead- Take Note

Original version written by  By CURTIS KLOTZ | August 16, 2016
Most nonprofit leaders agree that we need a new way to communicate about the true costs of our programs and the vital importance of strong organizational infrastructure. But we have not yet developed a simple, consistent message when sharing our view with potential supporters and investors. We are stuck with old terms and old images.
The following series of images and descriptions is really a blog in pictures. How we visualize our understanding of nonprofit structure and programs shapes the overhead debate. It’s time to get graphic about our new ideas—to deploy fresh images to help educate the public, our funders, and ourselves.

It’s Time to Retire This Pie Chart

When nonprofits are viewed this way, no matter how hard we try to think differently, we imagine important infrastructure of our organization as taking a slice out of the pie—as diminishing the “real” work of our mission.
Strategic financial functions, good governance, and the development of key funding partnerships are vital to strong organizations. We need a new way to communicate this truth.

We Need a New Image

Rather than thinking of our investment in key infrastructure as diminishing our programs, it should be seen as valuable Core Mission Support.
Core Mission Support functions are necessary, vital, and integral.
  • Strong, strategic finance and accounting
  • Progressive human resources practices
  • Capable, responsive board governance
  • Talented and engaged development staff

Whole Organizations and True Program Costs

Each of our programs is built around, is supported by, and shares responsibility for Core Mission Support.
All of the resources we need to accomplish our programs are the True Program Costs, which include four types of expenses:
  • Direct Expenses: Program-Specific
  • Direct Expenses: Shared by Programs
  • Core Mission Support: Finance, HR, and Board
  • Core Mission Support: Fundraising & Partners

Underfunded Programs Create a Gap at the Core

Some programs are only partially funded by contributions or by earned revenue.
When a program is only partially funded, the expenses not covered include a proportionate share of the Core Mission Support. This creates a Gap in funding for the finance, human resources, governance, and fundraising infrastructure that support the entire organization.

Line-Item Funding Creates a Gap at the Core

Some funders limit their support to only the direct expenses of program.
When funders support only direct expenses, they deny funding for Core Mission Support. This leaves a Gap at the center of our organization. Not only is one program affected, but the health of the entire organization is at risk.

Invest in the Core to Grow the Mission

The growth and effectiveness of our mission work depend on having a solid core at the center of our organizations. Investing in our infrastructure is savvy, prudent, and absolutely necessary.

Go Visual With Our New Thinking

Once we have a new way of understanding and communicating about the Core Mission Support needed by our organizations, it is our job to share our thinking with others. Our funders, supporters and investors all want us to succeed. They are partners in accomplishing our mission work. But like us, they may need help reimagining the role strong infrastructure plays in amplifying program effectiveness. By providing a simple visual guide, we can help transform the way we talk about, picture, and ultimately fund the Core Mission Support that is at the center of all great nonprofits.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

RIC-NET and other Local NGOs give hope to conflict-affected girls in Uganda

Rwenzori Information centre (RIC-NET),  Hope and Peace for Humanity (HPH), Children of the World Foundation (COW), Foundation for Inclusive Community Help (FICH), COBURAS International Youth Organisation (CIYOTA), and Life Concern (LICO) with support from Global Fund for Children are implementing the project "Empowerment Conflict Affected Girls’" in selected Districts in Uganda.
Evelyn from RIC-NET explaining the programme out puts to partners
The organisations have been giving small grants to the girls to empower conflict affected girls economically to start their own businesses. Those living in refugee camps have since transitioned from depending on handouts from relief agencies as they have been trained to make liquid soap which they sell out. Education and entrepreneurship programmes have been established to impart knowledge and critical thinking in conflict-affected girls. The NGOs offers startup capital to various girls who are out of school.
Some of the beneficiaries are using the money generated from businesses to educate their siblings.A primary school has been established at Kyangwali refugee camp in Hoima District. 

Besides the financial and material support, the affected girls have been mentored and counselled which has improved their performance in school. They have also been presented opportunities to travel to various countries to share their experiences and success stories with other girls affected by conflict.
Peninah Karungi  and Janet Mbambu from Kasese with Otoo Emmy from GFC
Peninah Karungi, 23, who in 2008 fled the Allied Democratic Forces insurgency in Kicwamba Parish, Bukuku Sub-county in Kabarole District with her father is optimistic that she will make it through.“I lost my mother and younger brother during the insurgency. Our father suffered raising the four of us having sought refuge in Kasese,” she says. She adds: “My father told me to first complete Senior Four before my other siblings could enrol. Having completed in 2011, I stayed home for two years and lost hope of ever seeing the blackboard again.”But with support from the organisations (RIC-NET), Ms Karungi did certificate in secretarial studies and unpon completion secured a job in a law firm. “I used to earn Shs250, 000 per month and I worked for two years. I used part of the salary to help my father to pay rent,” she says.
Ms Akech, a Primary Five science teacher, thought her future plans had  been altered by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency when she was abducted in 2004 together with 25 other girls during an attack in Ngai Sub-county. However, she escaped from the bush a year later. “In 2014, I dropped out of school because of school fees but one organisation enrolled me onto their programme. I completed my education and I am a teacher,” she says. 
Some conflict affected girls  from all over Uganda sharing their experiences in Gulu
Ms. Rita Tabu, 23, escaped with her brother from violence in South Sudan in 2002. Tabu’s parents did not survive the war and sadly amidst the chaos, their first brother disappeared. To this day, Tabu does not know whether her brother is still alive or not. “After the death of our parents, our aunt was told to take care of the three of us [two boys and one girl]. Our first born brother was a brilliant student but keeping him in school was a challenge,” she says. “He opened up a small business dealing in petrol by the road side when he was in Primary Two to make ends meet.” Upon joining Primary Five, the young Sudanese boy eventually dropped out of school. “He became mentally unstable. Few months later, he disappeared until today,” Tabu says. 
Tabu, then aged 11 sought refuge in a settlement camp in Uganda.“I started selling ground nuts and roasted maize. I carried water, smeared people’s houses and used the money to pay my school fees,” she says.Unfortunately, Tabu’s hard earned money was always taken away by her aunt. But for the past five years, Tabu’s story has changed, as she is among thousands of conflict-affected girls in Uganda currently being supported by Global Fund for Children under the Conflict Affected Girls’ Empowerment project.
Participants at the learning conference in Gulu on 19th June 2018
“I know it has been a tough journey but the good thing is that all of us have learnt through this process and the Global Fund for Children is extremely proud of you for all that you’ve achieved,” Mr  Emmanuel Otoo, Global Fund’s regional programme director for Africa and Middle East, said while meeting addresing  partners at the annual learning conference in Gulu Town on 19th june 2018. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Girls in primary Schools in Kasese appreciate parents’ involvement in the construction of washrooms

While discussing with senior female teachers on the usage of the washrooms from the primary schools of kyabikere, Kanyatsi , Kamsasa and Karambi, it was found out that the washrooms constructed by partnership of parents and RIC-NET under CRVP project were properly used.

There is total collaboration among the female teachers and the girls in the primary schools of personal hygiene. Girls are now free to speak out about their menstrual cycles, demand for pads is high (supplied whenever there is need and washrooms are always closed for safety), good hygiene is being maintained, absenteeism and escape has reduced however there are challenges like; Shortage of water especially for Kamasasa primary – school management has tried to lobby for a water harvest tank but all in vain and pads are out of stock in all the schools.
The schools managements are so appreciative of the parents’ involvement in the construction of some washrooms though others are still under way to completion and are devoted to RIC NET’ efforts in having all this done.
For most schools, there is a plan to hold the genreal parents meetings to provide feedback  and plan for another infrastructure to undertake under the project. Kyabikere primary school shall hold the meeting on  28th June 2018 if all goes on well.

Friday, May 11, 2018


The citizens of Bundimulombi in Kirumya Sub County agreed to monitor human rights violations that are causing conflicts in their area. This was during the sensitization meeting that was conducted by Bundibugyo Young Empowerment and Health (BYEAH) local CBOs that is working on the rights of women and children. The meeting was held in Bundimulombi village. It was attended by police officers, CDO, LC chairperson and elders and opinion leaders among others.

According to OC police of Katumba police station, he mentioned that the meeting has come at a time when the relationship between the police and the community is not the best the best. And thus it has give police an opportunity to explain the procedure of how matters are handling especially those related to arrests of suspects and bail. The community had been accusing the police and leaders of selective arrest and prosecution. This violated the rights of fair trail, fair hearing, and rights and freedom of speech and expression. On the other hand rights of suspect at police custody had been reported as being violated by police especially when the matters have been taken as politically motivated.

After some deliberations, the community agreed to monitor and report these violation to others offices responsible. On the other hand community were asked to observe the proper procedure of handling matter through dialogue ,mediation and report criminal matters to relevant authorities for legal redress. Such matters as those related to rape and defilement and abuse of office.
BYEAH is a CBO supported by RIC-NET to implement the project, community action to manage and prevent conflicts and human rights violations in the Rwenzori region of Uganda. According to Mr. Abraham Bamwitirebye an opinion leader in Kirumya, he advised the community to keep on attending their meeting such that they can be  able to reduce on the fear the people have over the armed personnel and created and working relationship with them ,

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Bundibugyo District leaders held an interface meeting to review the reports on conflicts and human rights violations as shared by the citizens/community members and the application of the provisions of the Cultural Institutions Act at community. Present in the meeting were LCV chairperson, RDC, DISO, DPC, CAO, Resident state Attorney, ministers from OBB and OBR, leaders from faith based organization, UWA, women council leaders PWDs leaders and the Youth leaders and CDOs and police OC station for the implementing sub counties.
The key issues highlighted in the report were the role of individual in fueling conflicts. These are individual related and or working in the disguise of cultural institutions. Most citizens report conflicts related to the relationship with the armed forces, domestic related matters, land and matters related to handling cases in court and at police stations.

According the CO of Kanyamwirima Army Barracks, he agreed with the report and mentioned that “most people lack exposure…community still think individuals are bigger than them”. We need therefore to identify those few individuals who are using their power, influence and authority to cause problems in the District. It was noted that what appear in the reports is because the armed personnel relate more often with the community than any other public servant.
It was therefore resolves that, the office of the DCDO to direct all CDOs to conduct community sensitization on peace and conflict management than leaving the work to the NGOs. A further analysis of the current status after several interventions should be done to evaluate the efforts already put in place. Since children are most affected by conflicts, a review of the implementation of children related legal frameworks should be done to ensure children are protected. The CAO pledge to conduct a breakfast briefing with the civil servants reminding them of their mandate to protect children, women and other socially excluded groups for the good of the community.
In his closing remarks, the LCV chairperson mentioned that “...we must all work on the attitude and mindset of the people, to look at bundibugyo as our home where we all need to enjoy...ensure our people concentrate on issues that have value than mere politicking..”. We must all support and work on these areas highlighted in the report to improve the peaceful situation that we are starting to enjoy.

Monday, March 12, 2018


Rwenzori information centers network (RIC-NET) was represented at the 16th edition of the Peace Building Institute(PBI) in Kigali Rwanda by Ms Kenyana Evelyn .The insitute is implemented by Never Again Rwanda (NAR) which is a social justice and peace building organization in Rwanda.The theme for this year's PBI was" creating a network of global peace ambassadors" .The institute received over 30 university students and young professionals from 11 countries across Africa which included : Uganda ,Rwanda ,Kenya, Tanzania,Nigeria , Cameroon, Burundi ,Sudan , Democratic republic of Congo (DRC)south Sudan and Zimbabwe
Participants during a visit to he king's palace museum in Nyanza 
The two weeks peace building institute kicked off on 26th Feb 2018 at the Great season’s hotel in Kigali Rwanda. During the two weeks participants were exposed to presentations about transitional justice, reconciliation, the role of youth , women and faith based organizations in peace building, conflict analysis and management and visits to different sites including museums and genocide memorial sites across Rwanda which gave a real feel of what the Rwanda genocide of 1994 against the Tutsi meant among other topics discussed  .
RIC-NET staff 2nd left sharing her views during one of the group discussions
Key notes from the institute:

I have learnt that we should forgive people for all they do, if the people of Rwanda forgave each other for all the atrocities then there is nothing hard to forgive. Unifying against a common problem is the best way to solve problems “it’s us against the world “the people of Rwanda came together as Abanyarwanda not Tutsi, Hutu or Twa to fight against genocide and its effects.

I have also learnt that we as young people and  community members need to find solutions to our own challenges (home based solutions) like the Gacaca system of justice  used in Rwanda after genocide was less costly and handled a lot of cases in a short period of time .I have also learnt that we as citizens of our countries have a role to pay in the development of our countries basing on the example of Umuganda (community work) in Rwanda where community members played a big role in the construction of schools, roads and other public institutions .I also learnt that critical thinking is an important tool in conflict prevention and peace building as people who analyse issues first cannot easily be manipulated since they think about consequences of their actions and this enables them to make better decisions  and this helps to avoid manipulation from leaders or other people that may have bad intentions. 

RIC-NET staff (extreme left )with some of the  participants during the visit  at the presidential palace museum 
The 2 weeks institute was reported in the new vision Uganda on 1st march 2018.Follow url


Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Foot peace ambassadors from Bundibugyo young empowerment and health (BYEAH) and Bundimulangya Multipurpose all based in Kirumya Sub County in bundibugyo District conduct a review meeting of how far they have move with peace building activities in the community. The meeting was held on the 7th march 2018 at the sub county headquarters. It was also attended by the OC police station of Kirumya and LCIII chairperson.
FPAs reflecting on their actions.

The review meeting was a result of several community meetings that had been conducted at Katumba trading center and Bundikeke in the same sub county. The community meeting was on sensitizing the community on the aspect of peace, methods of promoting co-existence and human rights protection and promotion. The impact of the community sensitization meetings has been the creation of awareness on peace and co-existence, protection and promotion of human rights, community members been able to engage with their leaders.
leaders of FPAs with the security persons

During this review meeting, the FPAs realized that much as community are aware of their dangers of conflicts, there is need to deeply concentrate on monitoring, and documenting the changes that are coming out of the meetings conducted, focus on girl child education, sensitize the community on the increase rate of school drop out that soon may lead to redundancy among the youth who may resort to drug abuse and stealing in the near future. As well the members realized that in doing their work they need to continue engaging with the leaders and other duty bearers in order to realize their goal of protection and promotion of human rights with the ultimate goal of peace and co-existence in the sub county.