Ein großer Teil der Spenden wurde in den Aufbau des Hope Centers investiert (mehr dazu unter ‚Theme‘).
Introduction to Beacon of Hope Uganda 2013-2023 Development Plan:
Beacon of Hope Uganda is a Ugandan based gap-year, volunteer, cross-cultural exchange, and humanitarian and rural development organization. Beacon of Hope Uganda designs and conducts programs which contribute to the welfare and social productivity of disadvantaged individuals and communities with an emphasis on children and youth. BoHU addresses some of the most pervasive problems in rural Uganda, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, hunger, education, poverty, access to clean drinking water, and orphaned children. In addition, it focuses on empowering the youth of Uganda empowering them with different skills and leadership training.
BoHU is founded on the principles that our shared values and commonalities as human beings are more important than our individual differences. We therefore operate on a non-political, non- denominational, and non-sectarian basis, welcoming all world citizens to contribute to our work and every Ugandan in need.
Providing resources to achieve sustainable development in under-resourced areas through effective community education and the development of projects, creating a self-supporting, self-sustaining community
Self-sustaining individuals and communities free from extreme poverty.
The Focus of Programs:
The focus of our programs is on providing resources for sustainable development in under- resourced communities. In order to uplift the youngest of our society however, it is often necessary to first assist adults and overall communities in which they live. Past and/or ongoing projects conducted in the general community include feeding the destitute, outreach, counseling, and assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses which affect their health, life expectancy as well as their social and economical position in society and counseling. Other programs BoHU runs are focusing on giving immediate assistance to individuals who have been raped or defiled and the building of village wells, schools and establishment of health centers. Furthermore BoHU offers assistance with women’s craft groups, and ongoing assistance with an organic community garden and youth skills training enhancing their development, social and economical opportunities.
The Hope Centre for Community Creativity:
Beacon of Hope Uganda designed a project of constructing a social centre for the community of Kaympisi with facilities like a health clinic, youth centre, skills training, child development centre, women enterprising centre, community library, Hope schools, mini-museum and guest house and café.
We are in the beautiful deep greenery of rural Uganda; a small village called Kasala, in the sub- county of Kyampisi… in Mukono district
….but the problems:
- Poor Nutrition (e.g tackling problems of clean drinking water or sustainableagriculture)
- Orphans or neglected children with difficult backgrounds (no future perspectives, lack ofguaranteed safety)
- Not enough resources and knowledge for agricultural work
- Needed support for micro-financing projects (Lack of self-trust and knowledge forbecoming independent)When the Beacon of Hope Uganda opened its doors to the community of Kasaala, Kyampisi sub- county, Mukono District, we talked to the community members about what they thought were the issues that affected their lives and the problems they faced.
Our development philosophy is that the communities need to tackle the problems themselves; we want to give a hand up, not a hand out. Hand ups create self respect; self belief and the results are infectious.
The community identified their hardships as being caused by poor education; lack of farming knowledge; lack of money and access to it; and poor health to which we have added environmental management. These 5 hurdles provide the foundation stones of all our activities and we have projects aimed at targeting aspects of each. We believe that if poverty is to be alleviated, all the problems need to be tackled at once.
Our understanding of ‘Sustainable Development’ is that which focuses on the social, environmental and economic factors that are needed to ensure a development for the existing community that does not affect the ability of future generations to enjoy the same opportunities.
….our vision for this:
We wish to set up a Social Center (“The Hope Center”) in the middle of Kasala village in favor of its inhabitants and surrounding villages – to supply and support them for an independent life step by step. The plan is to construct 5 buildings with different functions:
“The Hope Academy” (2 buildings): Nursery- and Primary school should provide Education for up to 450 children during the week. On weekends, it is planned to use the rooms for teachings and community outreaches, such as raising awareness about hygienical problems and diseases, as well as organizing business trainings. Later in future, we also would like to extend the trainings to teaching in practical professions such as joinery, tailoring or hair dressing, to later on include them actively in the life of the Social Center itself.
A Health Clinic: Starting on the bases of a pharmacy that provides medical supplies, we want to develop the clinic up to a medical standard of Level II. This clinic will be able to also serve some of the surrounding villages, taking the number of helped people to around 4600.
Orphanage / Dormitory (2 buildings): The first residence will serve the workers and especially teachers at the Social Center to assure their reliable availability and reducing problems of accessing the Center. The second building will be a safe shelter for orphans / disadvantaged children, who will be supervised by teachers, but especially by so nominated “Mama’s” of the village community. Administration & Entreprising Block: Will house the offices and all enterprising, development and management units of Beacon of Hope Uganda and The Hope Centre facility
- Youth Enterprising unit (IGIs like poultry farming, piggery projects, vegetable farming, shoe making, soap making, candle making, arts and crafts, solar cookers etc)
- Youth Development desk (sports, games, talents empowerment, music, dance and drama, youth brass band)Community Clinic:
- Health care activities
- Health education & disease control programs
- Family planning
- HIV/AIDS and related diseases control programsChild Development Center (Hope Schools)
- Partnership with schools in child development programs
- Orphans and Vulnerable children support program
- Sisters schools program
- KidsPlaygroundsWomen Enterprising Centre:• Production centre for women (arts and crafts, microfinance, agriculture, business and healthcare)
- Education resource centre for the community (all books for kids, adults and youths, movies, newspapers, novels, magazines etc)
- Computerized research centre Mini-Museum:
• Tourists attraction and education centre (art pieces, historical pics, and items of Uganda, culture promotion)
Guest House & Café:
• Accommodation for volunteers and tourists alike
• Villagers will benefit from volunteers and tourists staying there and sellings goods to them