CFYDDI Hosts the Annual Parent-Teacher Meeting

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Here at CFYDDI, we believe that an essential component to a child’s educational growth is support from the parents.  To that end, the teachers at CFYDDI’s Early Childhood Learning Centre hosted their annual Parent-Teacher meeting on Friday, July 13th, 2018 after the conclusion of the first annual Sports Gala Day.

Madam Iren, Madam Grace, Madam Glibwa and Madam Oliva met with over 50 parents in the CFYDDI Conference Centre in order to keep parents informed about their child’s development at the school.  The main purposes of the meeting include the following:

  • To provide updates on the student’s individual academic progress
  • To identify areas of improvement for each student academically and socially
  • To encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s education
  • To foster a closer relationship between the teachers and the students
  • To update parents on specific school programs
  • To promote appreciation of education and literacy for child development
  • To update parents on information pertaining to the Ministry of Education
  • To inform parents on specific approaches to education taken with particular students
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Prossy leads discussion with attendants in the CFYDDI Community Conference Centre

The teachers and staff at CFYDDI want to thank all parents who came out to attend the Parent-Teacher Meeting.  By supporting and encouraging the growth and learning of our young students we will help ensure they partake in and contribute to Uganda’s bright future!

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CFYDDI Launches the #WhatWomenWant Campaign in Ndazabazzadde

Approximately 300,000 women and girls around the world die each year during pregnancy and childbirth, while countless others are left with disabilities and morbidities as a result of obstetric complications. The World Health Organization recently reported that Uganda has a maternal mortality rate of 343 per 100,000 births, making it one of the highest risk countries in the world when it comes to maternal health.

As maternal and reproductive health are issues central to our cause, the Centre For Youth Driven Development has launched and is joining the global #WhatWomanWant campaign to reach out to over 1000 women and girls in the community, beginning at our headquarters here in Ndazabazzadde, Wakiso District.  #WhatWomenWant is a global advocacy campaign that aims to improve the quality of maternal and reproductive healthcare for women and girls by amplifying their voices, listening to their concerns and supporting their ideas on how to improve the problems and barriers they face towards strengthening health systems.

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Director Enoch Magala and medical electives student Sarah Peters announce the launch of CFYDDI’s #WhatWomenWant campaign to parents in Ndazabazzadde

In 2018, the campaign is connecting with women and girls in countries and communities around the world to learn, first hand, what women want changed in all aspects of their health care and treatment relating to maternity and reproduction.  In 2019, the campaign will work towards putting these objectives into action through coordinated advocacy campaigns seeking to drive policy changes and engage with healthcare providers.

Maternal and reproductive health is of particular significance in Uganda, which had the sixth highest fertility rate in the world in 2017 with approximately 5.71 children born per woman.  The country suffers from a high maternal mortality rate, limited access to health care services, understaffing and underfunding at hospitals and clinics and a relatively low rate of health literacy.  Additionally, the country has a low usage rate of contraceptives and family planning, a high rate of teenage pregnancies and, in certain communities, cultural barriers to women seeking professional maternal care.  Despite efforts by the government to promote maternal health through the national Safe Motherhood Programme, the country remains behind on its objectives.

On launch day, the campaign had participation from over twenty of the seventy women who attended CFYDDI’s first annual Sports Gala Day.  CFYDDI is currently sharing the #WhatWomenWant photo survey with women and girls in Ndazabazzadde and neighbouring communities and will be reaching out at future events and in new locations of Buvuma Island and Rural Namulesa village in Jinja to meet with, listen to and embrace the ideas of women and girls who are demanding change.  Responses collected through our reach will be used to create a global picture of what women want and national advocacy agendas to help policy makers respond to the demands of women and girls.

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CFYDDI Team Member Florence added her voice to the thousands of women and girls around the world speaking up for positive change in maternal and reproductive health

Working together is by far the best way to effect real change. If you want to help CFYDDI reach out to more women and girls, please visit our Global Giving page and dedicate your support towards the #WhatWomenWant Campaign.  Together, we can help grow a global movement for quality maternal and reproductive health care for women and girls by helping governments, health professionals, private health providers and civil society organizations better understand what is most important to women and by continuing to push for positive change!

To see our growing campaign in action, visit our Facebook page here.

CFYDDI Early Learning Centre hosts the inaugural Sports Gala Day!

IMG_3967 (1) While academic learning is important, children must also be given opportunities to exercise, play and compete in sports events in order to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Friday, July 15, 2018, was a defining moment for CFYDDI’s Early Learning Centre, which hosted over two hundred students, family and friends for the first annual Sports Gala Day.  The event was a resounding success that featured friendly competition between the aspiring young athletes from the Early Learning Centre.

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Teams Red, Blue, Yellow and Orange show off their dancing skills under the watchful eye of Judge Richard

Teams Blue, Orange, Yellow and Red competed valiantly in numerous athletic and spirit events, including tyre races, musical chairs, group chanting and choreographed dancing, led by their spirited coaches Madam Iren, Madam Hope, Madam Oliva and Madam Glibwa.  The enthusiastic crowd of parents and family members cheered and danced much like the French and Croatian supporters at the 2018 World Cup Finals.

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Some parents could not contain their excitement – and decided to compete in the three-legged race themselves!

Judge Richard from nearby Spire High School judged the four teams based on the results of the various sporting events, team discipline, team spirit and coaching.  After carefully calculating the scores, Richard awarded the trophy to… Team Yellow, in front of a roaring crowd!

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Team Yellow was crowned the Winner of the 2018 Sports Gala Day

At the conclusion of the day’s events, the athletes and supporters alike were treated to a nourishing meal, followed by a meeting between the parents and teachers in the CFYDDI Conference Centre.

In the end, the Sports Gala was a day to be enjoyed by all.  This celebration of Centre spirit, teamwork and competition was a wonderful reminder of the importance of exercise and the value of sport to children’s development.  As well, it was a great opportunity for the teachers, children and parents of the Early Learning Centre to join together as a community in support of education and learning.  We are already counting down the days to next year’s event!

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Everyone wins when we’re having fun!

Thanks must be extended to Madam Prossy, the master of ceremonies who helped direct the athletes before each event, Alex Kalume for his work as a masterful DJ and to the Centre Team Leader Enoch Magala for helping organize the logistics of the day’s events.

CFYDDI Increasing Mapping And Digital Literacy For Rural Communities!

Through Sensitizing local communities and key stakeholders on mapping, CFYDDI brought together a group of 15 young, ambitious youth to be engaged in a Geographical Information System (GIS).

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Facilitated by Dylan Patterson CFYDDI Information and Technology expert here below

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with assistance from Marcel Shabani a training was conducted and a few more smart phones were purchased for use in the field and the group started with collecting data and digitizing points lines and polygons using ID editor in OSM.

The training was aimed at equipping the young people with skills in Geographical area mapping. It involved updating the existing street map with more features and detailed accurate distance.

The GIS is a system that helps place places of different interest on the map so that they can easily be accessed and located by anyone using the system.

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The importance of the activities and the program is to helps people to quickly attain the knowledge of the place , this therefore means that one of the powers of the activities is in the ability to obtain correct information from the community people.

Ø  It shows people where they have access to and were they don’t.

Ø  And to also easily locate places of different interest to different people.

Ø  And to also update the changes in the place, show new developments, new resources, and importance places.

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For the day’s activity  session the focus was on moving out to the community, get a spot or a point, using a smart phone, uploading  a form  from the ODK collect app, with pre-determined questions, scan the place, name the place, describe the place and then the collected data is covered collected on the  street mapping.

The young people were divided in 3 groups of around 4 people, and given different routes to take from which they could find features to add to the mapping.

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Next up, we have some print out maps for the community and everyone.

Thanks to you Dylan for skilling rural Ugandan youth and thanks to Marcel for your expertise and the entire CFYDDI team for you coordinated efforts in mobilizing the community for a fundamental training.

Brought to you by CFYDDI Communications Team.

CFYDDI_ COMMUNITY DROP EVERYTHING AND READ!

Every year the Center for Youth Driven Development Initiatives mobilises communities to get ready and read. this years event saw a total of 290 participting from the community and near by schools.

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Some of the books ready were Agricultural books (animal husbandry) that impart agricultural knowledge to the reader .A “Fundamental aspect of women’s health “book, which focuses on the a broader  perspective of women health related issues in general and related to women in particular. “Fire fighting” by Lisa Thompson , A Book that teachers about fires in homes and institutes, how to fight fires and what to know about fires hence equipping the reader with survival and fire prevention skill in case of fire accidents. Sexual health books that give a comprehensive understanding of the human sexual health related issues, how they can be handled, prevented and eradicated especially HIV/AIDs. Religious books (story of creation books), number books, and story books that stimulate the interests of reading among the pupils.

Activities that were completed were;

Individual/silent reading, each person that come had 30-40 minutes to look for and read a book of their choice on their own thus creating a personal attachment to the day and several books of interest. 

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 Read aloud; pupils, students community people volunteered to read for the gathering, where we had;

Nakijoba Hanifer an 8 years old P. 2 pupil of Martins Nursery and Pre- primary school reading a book entitled “time” to the audience,

Nampera Hasifah, 12 years and in S.1 at Spire high school eloquently read “Henry and the mudge” with amazing interest,

Poems presentation; Goodwill primary school presented a poem about “Educating a girl child” and the importance of girl child education,

IMG_3990Martins Nursery and pre-primary presented a poem entitled “child Abuse” and “stranger,” were they were urging young children especially girls to stay away from strangers, with much passion and educative message.

Song presentation; CFYDDI Early Learning Centre presented a number counting song that included counting in a rhythmic way to the audience,

Martins Nursery and pre-primary school presented a “Slave in America “song that told of the slave days but also the origin of African American citizens in America. While Goodwill closed the session with a “Touch me lord” song.

CFYDDI Team leader; inspired the S.1 new entrants to secondary from primary level to value and spare quality moments and read. Read books as well as literature that can help them in various ways. And told the teachers, community members present and the students and pupils that CFYDDI community library was established in the community to offer a quality space for continues uninterrupted reading for all.

Children Testimonies for love for the day;  children from the visiting community school in particular from Martins nursery and primary school asked the teacher if they would return when they are taken back for lunch. They wanted to carry back the colorful pictured books and they told their teachers that they saw all the animals’ and plants in the books that they were told about in class. After one hour the children from various schools presented poems, stories, and songs. The rain gave us an opportunity to have a two hour event together on Dear Day. Teacher Testimonies; most of the new teachers did not know of CFYDDI Community library and they were excited that the event opened a new space

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Celebrating you all our amazing women and girls championing CFYDDI programs on women’s day 2018

Friends, January is usually a highlight for us here at the Center for Youth Driven development Initiatives (CFYDDI) every year because we get to celebrate our annual engagement and get fired up into another impact ful new Year contributing to efforts to end dental decay! While distributing toothpaste and tooth brush. This annual week long community outreach reached out to over 1440 rural flocks.

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TeaMMED_ 2018 Global Health Initiatives team sing a dental song to the children that attended the session.

A medical student on commenting on the instant photos during the outreach said “The local people are so lucky to have such an incredible resource near them.” This was such a sharp observation and recognition that we are up to something impactful. Friends join CFYDDI community to applaud the effort of the TeaMMed Global Health Initiatives for spearheading these outreaches now for the fourth year and for demonstrating support and love for a world free from dental decay!

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Team stepping forward to teach in buvuma

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One other exciting and interesting moment is seeing the community, children, and youth uniting for fun moments that involve competitive sports. The joy and memories of CFYDDI center day unifies and brightens the community hope to love and care for each other and build more meaningful relations for a health community

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community children, women, youth and parents joined sports activities during the CFYDDI Centre day.

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Community children enjoy CFYDDI annual centre activities.

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The competition left no one behind. it was Ndazabazadde community Vs Australia

From the month of love to women’s day the story of women’s struggle trying every day to sustain their families and trying to become self reliant wouldn’t materialize without supporting and encouraging women like you who support to create a dedicated space to empower.

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We the children boys and girls say thank you all the women of honor and dignity for supporting and giving hope to us here at CFYDDI and to our mothers and sisters.

Here at the Center for Youth Driven Development Initiatives (CFYDDI) this year’s International Women’s Day 2018 is an opportunity we will celebrating you all our amazing women and girls championing CFYDDI programs targeting rural young children, adolescent girls and women to help them mobilize for self help projects to improve house hold incomes, for skilling them, ensuring access to better and vital health services, teaching them to keep health, learning how to brush, providing dental services and helping them start formal school and those that had dropped out of school due to teenage pregnancies and those that have lost parents . We wanted to use this opportunity to salute you, honor you, and celebrate your contribution to human development. You have sacrificed your time and resources to help women in Africa to experience new hope. you have been dedicated global ambassadors and mobilized resources through Global Giving and many other individual sources to ensure that rural children, adolescent girls, and women realize their full potential. thank you so much. we have not listed below all your names but we are exceedingly grateful to you for choosing our community for empowerment programs.

Especially with your support, you help our rural community achieve goal SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages. SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

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Thanks for your partnership!

Yours in service from all the people of CFYDDI,  Buvuma Island district, rural wakiso community and Namulesa in Jinja District

16th/ Dec/ 2017 will be Holiday Makers Talent Show at CFYDDI Community Center be there in the usual thousands…

Dear Friends CFYDDI is organisation the first ever Community talent show at the youth community Center the next coming Saturday 16th/ Dec/2017. you are all invited. book your space ahead of time for FREE!!!!! you can support our events here at the center through our Global Giving fundraising link to buy our own public address systems. Talent development can be a career that when youth are helped to identify their talents can leave a decent life. stay tunes and see you all starting at 1:00pm-7:00pm.IMG_9018[1]