November 2013 – Michaelmas Term Grant Recipients
RSSAF received applications from 63 organizations. We gave grants to three organisations in Cameroon, Uganda, and Kenya.
1. Centre for Community Development and Environmental Restoration (CENCUDER)
Project Site: Mbang Village, Bangem Sub-Division, South West Region, Cameroon
Aim: To improve on the hygiene and sanitation condition of poor and disadvantaged village attending Mbang village community school through construction of a modern pit latrines.
2. Voice of Women Uganda
Project Site: Ssenge and Kasengejje communities in Wakiso district, Uganda
Aim: The mission of VOWU is to contribute to the transformation of the lives of women and girls in Uganda by improving their socio-economic status so that they can realise their rights and full potential, become respected members of their families and the society. The project will enable women reduce poverty by increasing their
household income. For the start, 10 women will be selected to receive a ‘pig seed’ (male and female exotic piglets) for income generation. The selected beneficiaries will be trained in the practical aspects of managing piggery as an income generating project.
3. Mathare Safety and Response Team
Project Site: Mathare Valley Slums, Nairobi, Kenya
Aim: The overall aim of the project is to create a safer, cleaner and more habitable Mathare by systematically clearing waste and recycling to generate income.
June 2013 – Trinity Term Grant Recipients
RSSAF received applications from 58 organizations and over 22 Rhodes Scholars were involved in the application review process.We gave grants to three organisations in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda.
1. Humanitarian Organization for Progress and Equality (H.O.P.E) (DRC Based) in coordination with Voices for Umoja (USA based): The Moba Conflict Resolution Centre
Project Site: Moba, Katanga Province Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
“HOPE’s mission is to decrease violence, minimize the risk of larger-scale conflict, and fight extreme poverty in Moba District of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite Moba’s large population and importance as a major food supplier, it suffers from the relative absence of government assistance, law enforcement or humanitarian services. Additionally, there are no banks within 700 km, unacceptable health services that require long distance travel on impassable roads, as well as scarce and inefficient educational resources. HOPE works to fill these gaps through community led activities and services that promote post-war growth, and a healthier, safer environment. The project utilizes formally trained, local counsellors and volunteers in Moba to build crucial awareness around local conflict, resolution strategies, and the significance of conflict prevention in terms of development. It seeks to empower youths and adults through conflict resolution education and provide a public platform to discuss, prevent, and resolve conflict.”
2. Environmental Governance Institute (EGI): Bees for Trees
Project Site: Manyu Division, Cameroon
“EGI’s mission is to reform environmental governance in Cameroon as a means to ensure that people have equitable access to resources and the benefits accrued there from. We do this through a combination of education, awareness and training activities, supporting projects for conservation, sustainable use of wildlife and forest resources, alternative livelihoods and clean energy as well as advocating for enactment and implementation of policies that increase access to and benefits from natural resources. This project will help twenty households in Nkhogo village to start-up and manage commercial honey production. It is part of a wider program that aims to reduce overreliance on forest products through promotion of alternative livelihood sources as a promotion of conservation around Takamanda National Park.”
3. Global Link Organisation: Nakisunga Farmer Empowerment through promotion of upland rice to enhance financial and food security
Project Site: Nakisunga Subcounty, Mukono District, Uganda
“Global Link Organisation’s Mission is to work towards improved livelihood of community through providing solutions, creation and enhancement of integrated community development programmes owned and managed by the local community in order to bridge the gap between poverty and good standard of living as required by the millennium goals. The project will be implemented Nakisunga Sub county, It targets 30 households as a pilot from 10 farmer groups, to take 6 months, Its purpose is to improve household incomes and food of upland rice farmers. Through provision of rice inputs and equip farmers with capacity to manage rice value chain through training and advisory.”