St. Francis Community Foundation
OCHAPA OLD MBALE ROAD SERERE DISTRICT.
Saint Francis Community Foundation (S-FCF) was founded after seeing a number of gaps and challenges in the formal sector of education, extension service delivery, microfinance, community mobilization and awareness in the year 2007, with the purpose of bridging these gaps and addressing some of the challenges. All aimed at improving livelihoods, community involvement and participation, sustainable use to natural and manmade resources, improving access to economic and social goods and services, ensuring equity, fairness and justice in service delivery, human rights observance, roles and responsibility in society. It is out of the above thematic areas that founders prioritized promoting formal & community education, tailored skills, savings and credit promotion, community awareness and advocacy programmes, supporting less privileged OVCs in & out of school, sensitization on HIV/AIDS all these using Community Driven Approaches (CDA) with a philosophy that “communities know what they what”, seven persons now director (See appendix of directors)
Saint Francis Community Foundation (S-FCF) founded based on existing gaps and challenges in delivery, despite the County Uganda having very good policies on paper e.g. Universal education –UPE, Universal Secondary Education- USE, UPET, and FAL but face a number of challenges hence big actual gaps and challenges from expected and what is real on the ground.
-This is manifested by high dropout rate schools, in Teso e.g. a cohort of seven years only 26% children sit PLE, of these 4% join USE, the rest get wasted in the communities, the situation is worse when it comes to joining to tertiary institutions only 0.3% of the cohorts may join.
-It can also be seen from the examination pass rates in government UPE schools
-The phenomena is also manifested by UPE graduates failing to read and write.
Some of the reasons include; the school environment is too harsh;- no adequate infrastructure (like classrooms, desks , chairs), teachers are poorly paid and motivated to teach , not teaching and learning aids, lacking complementary structures-like pit-latrines, teachers houses, no co-curricula activities , no safe water, not first aid, no meals to mention but a few. The situation is exacerbated by communities being poorly mobilized, Real /absolute/abject poverty ( 45%), HIV/AIDS, after effects of war Teso -UPA & Load Resistance Army (LRA.), cattle raids by Karamojongs worriers’ and life in the fishing communities of a round lake Kyoga (Landing sites of Agwara, Bugondo, Bisina , . )
While other policies and programmes like;- National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Microfinance, “Etandikwa”, “bonabagagawale”, Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) to mention but a few , have registered huge gaps and challenges in rural areas , their scope and coverage has been limited and influenced by elite capture, they intended beneficiaries have remained observers, hence trapped in abject poverty.
A society that is literally, empowered, healthy and self sustaining.
To bridge the illiteracy gap, information inadequacy among the orphans, vulnerable, children, youth and women in Teso Sub Region to realize their social economic development through empowerment in skills and participation of other target groups.
ACTIVITIES / WORK DONE (ON GOING)/ACHIVEMENTS.
Currently it is operating a Nursery and Primary School (St. Francis Mixed Day Primary School) located in Ocaapa Trading Centre and the money collected as fees from the Parents or Community is inserted into simple businesses as to promote community needs.
The foundation has been enrolling majorly pupils of the people affected with HIV/AIDS, Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and they are sponsorship paying half of the required Schools fees in order to facilitate service provision among the Communities.
It is carrying out printer business services, computer technology and agriculture component as income generating activities and offering internet services among others.
The School currently has a total of 400 pupils, 14 teachers and out of the 400 children the foundation takes responsibility 80 children who are orphans and vulnerable children who are the beneficiaries of this project, the foundations do contribute scholastic materials, uniforms among other School requirements.
Formal education Programmes
School going children, children under these categories will be given priority by St Francis Education programmes;-
1. Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)
3. Girl child