COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE - CDC
Arua Uganda , Uganda
Building Strong and Resilient Communities
Community Development Centre (CDC) is a Community Concern NGO with roots in community media. Our Motto is "Building Strong & Resilient Communities” we address urgent needs concerning migration and integration: promote community social, environmental, cultural, and healthful values; establishing platforms for community development; advocate for needs of indigenous communities. We also work to deliver solutions to challenges facing communities, humanitarian efforts, and service providers through innovation and technology reflected in our Access programmes in cooperation with our partners at the HTiL humantechlab.org
CDC is a refugee-led organisation dedicated to helping the vulnerable, under-resourced, under-represented, conflict-affected and displaced communities, with our impact focused in the Ugandan refugee camps. CDC has led peace-building and psychological support programs like training of community structures, empowering women leaders and providing counselling sessions for trauma victims. Our projects provide peace education, capacity building in respect of conflict resolution, and strategically address and diffuse social media hate speech and online/offline incitements to violence. CDC has also conducted trauma healing and reconciliation trainings, facilitated peace-building community dialogues between refugee and host communities, delivered advocacy talk shows on the radio on refugee rights, and also work on an ongoing basis in respect of menstrual health hygiene and sexual reproductive health good practice.
Purpose of Funding + Proof of Concept:
Over the past months, despite the difficulties of Covid restrictions, we have founded the first of 37 planned Access Programme Hub venues, which will be bringing to refugees a host of learning, training, skills and jobs programmes. These Access Programmes (http://humantechlab.org/access) are tailored for Arua Refugee Camp community in line with all the work and ethos of the CDC, but deliver expertise and jobs online from around the world through remote learning. It is for the centrally important Access Hubs (safe, secure and internet ready venues in existing community structures), to host the full set of online Access Programmes, that CDC are seeking funding.
As a proof of concept, CDC volunteers were trained remotely by the What3Word team in London (also working from their homes because of Covid) and have succeeded in bringing internationally recognised addresses to 18k+ refugee households in Arua Refugee Camp, Northern Uganda; directly empowering refugees socially, economically and culturally, as well as facilitating efficient access to support services, family and friends. This Proof of Concept for the Access Programmes was done without funding, by volunteers, with 6 mobile phones, on foot and therefore took over 6 months.
That was Phase1 of CDC's Addressing Beautiful Arua campaign, coordinated by partners HumanTech Lab and delivered in partnership with global addressing technology firm http://What3Words.org . Phase 2, with the help of wider training and equipment and the expansion of our Access Hubs, will bring addresses and printed signage to the rest of the camps 118K refugees (watch short videos where the refugees and w3w team in London talk about this work at http://humantechlab.org/stories).
To work for the welfare of communities, poverty mitigation, and development of marginalised segments through empowerment initiatives, Technology, Innovation, capacity building, educational programs, and promotion of social, environmental, cultural, healthy values, and prudent utilisation of life support resources.
Stronger communities that are well informed, peaceful, healthy, and empowered towards development.
$50.00For Food Relief For Vulnerable Populations
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CDC COVID-19 RESPONSE & COMMUNITY NEEDS
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted communities globally, but it has affected marginalised communities which include refugees in a disproportionate way. Uganda is home to around 1.4 million refugees and the pandemic had not spared them either but have hit on them severely and very hard on the vulnerable with multiple challenges. CDC is helping these communities in several ways and has adapted most of its work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Can you help? The pandemic is a crisis and a threat to all of us, including refugees and displaced communities, but refugees are at most risk because they often live in overcrowded and unhygienic camps with limited access to water, health facilities, reliable information and guidance, and many other necessities. They also are more anxious than ever about education and jobs, and our hard fought establishment of Access Programmes (remote education, learning and jobs programmes) can only start properly when our Access Programme Hub venues have power and internet.