Archive for July, 2006

Sad Days

Well now that the daily work of our our community development work is complete, with monitoring by PEMO members as well as the few FICUBC members remaining in Africa, things have become quite quiet.

These past two weeks have seen FICUBC members traveling all over the country to Semliki national park, Fort Portal, the Rwenzori mountains, Lake Mburo National Park, and Lake Bunyonyi.

Two members, Matt and Margaret, have also spent the last week in Rwanda visiting Kigali as well as a small town in the Northwest called Ruhengeri.

This year’s programs have been a success and we look forward to more work in the fall!


July 28, 2006 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

GFIC Uganda Launch

P7130088, originally uploaded by ficubc.

This past Thursday July 13th 2006 marked the official launch of the Uganda national office of the Global Forum on International Cooperation (GFIC). GFIC Uganda will be responsible for all GFIC activities in the country, including internship programs, global youth leadership programs, international youth conferences, summer development programs, and will oversee the country’s three university chapters at Makerere University, Makerere University Business School, and Ugandan Christian University Mukono.

With this new infrastructure, GFIC will be better equipped to handle its growing programs and membership in Uganda. The new Country Director, Mr. Yusuf Kilanda, laid out his plans for the organization in his speech at the launch. An active youth leader in Uganda at the University level, Mr. Kilanda hopes to see GFIC Uganda become a focus point for youth looking to become involved in international affairs.

The event was also attended by a number of special guests including GFIC Uganda patron Dr. Ben Mbonye, members of the Board of Directors, political commentator and media personality Mr. Andrew Mwenda, as well as the Guest of Honour the Honourable Mr. Sam Kutesa the Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs. In his speech, Kutesa praised GFIC for its work in the country and offered advice to the youth in the audience that aim to become the leaders of tomorrow.

The event was a great success and we look forward to seeing the programs outlined become a reality!

July 16, 2006 at 3:55 pm 1 comment

Namuwongo Final Party/Presentation of NACODO

P7070091, originally uploaded by ficubc.

This past Friday, PEMO and FICUBC in cooperation with Namuwongo community representatives held a final party to present the Community Action Plan that is the result of our program thus far, as well as to introduce the 12 member executive of the Community Based Organization (CBO) Namuwongo Community Development Organization (NACODO) that his been charged with carrying out the plan.

The members promised to take action on the proposed solutions to the problems that Namuwongo faces, especially the sanitation challenges. The executive was congratulated for their hard work by PEMO, FICUBC, GFIC, and City Council officials. We hope that NACODO will serve as the driving force behind new community initiatives in Namuwongo.

July 9, 2006 at 8:23 pm Leave a comment


P7030472, originally uploaded by ficubc.

This past weekend GFIC members from Canada and Uganda travelled up-country to Gulu, which has been at the centre of the civil conflict in Uganda that has lasted the past 20 years. We visited a local NGO funded by WarChild and UNICEF (GUSCO) that operates a rehabilitation facility for former child soldiers, Koro IDP camps, as well as Te Okono Night Centre for displaced youth. Some of our members also travelled to Patiko IDP camp next to Fort Barber.

The idea of the trip was the ensure that members could make a connection between the work they do in Kampala with Acholi people from Gulu, and the situation that has brought them there. It was also important to see the situation on the ground and speak with local people, NGO leaders, and government leaders, in order to speak on issues related to the conflict with some authority when we return to Canada.

Further work will be done by GFIC in Gulu, with preliminary assessments currently being done to determine the feasability of future projects in partnerships in cooperation with a local youth NGO, United Youth in Action For Progress.

July 9, 2006 at 8:18 pm Leave a comment

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