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).


Facilitated by Dylan Patterson CFYDDI Information and Technology expert here below


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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. 


 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.


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!


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


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


Community children enjoy CFYDDI annual centre activities.


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.


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.


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]

“Dental Unmet needs” Uganda oral conditions are of less priority in the midst of competing infectious and non-communicable diseases!


October 2017 dental Camp Attracts over 200 patients but the team see’s and attend to 125 patients and a whooping 75 teeth extracted over 4 days!!!! To Dr. Rebecca, Dr. David and Dr. Chris thanks so much for your community professional presence and to relieve pain

Investing in dental care, Hygiene and Sanitation is at the heart of CFYDDI health agenda.


Above while conducting tutorials on how to properly take care and brush your teeth, providing toothbrushes and toothpaste at the center .


Monash Medical Student during the 2017 dental  awareness community drive.



Community children follow tutorials on how to properly take care and brush your teeth!






Our initiative aims at serving rural and remote communities which have little or absolutely no access to dental healthcare services


A community child demonstrates after being tough how to was hands clean.

And while on the outreach drives, we combine dental awareness campaigns alongside the Water and Sanitation (WASH) campaign with the aim to improve the Hygiene and Sanitation health status of communities by increasing awareness of the risk of water borne diseases and knowledge on how to wash properly our hands.


2017 Monash Medical students teaching on the tooth shape and its function and the reason why we should keep our teeth clean.


Dr. David looking at the long line of those who had turned up to see the dentist!

Having the majority of the population as poor, young and living in rural areas would imply that affordable and public dental services should be widely spread to meet the needs of the population.





CFYDDI Team standing behind and Monash Medical Students 2017 at the front pose for a grand picture

There is delayed use of contraception in rural areas!

During the Family Planing summit in London, Uk, To discuss the 2020 agenda that attracted over 36 countries, Uganda renewed her commitment to increase family planning for all and during the 2nd National family planning conference here in Kampala was the opportunity to engage a wider scoop of actors that would compliment government!


These include us community based organisations that are on the ground, Hon: Members of parliament, Health Department officials, Ministry of Health officials, Line ministries, people with disabilities, young people, district local councils, religious leaders,  cultural leaders, as well as development partners where all present during the conversations to underline the challenges and what needs to be done.


DFID Executive Director giving her key note address.

Among the key note speakers Miriam Namugera, the principle nursing officers of the ministry of health said family planning is important to fight unintended pregnancies. In her address she said that the recent Uganda demographic health survey indicates that out of 100 girls below the age of 16 have become pregnant.

The Minister of state for health Dr. Aceng promised to involve community health extension workers to reach out to those that are not accessing family planning services due to geographical, economic, and social barriers.


The Minister of state for health Dr. Aceng speaking to the press as the countries chief planer Dr. Kisamba Mugewra listens.

Alian Sibenaler, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFP) country representative, said the theme is pertinent for Uganda as it looks towards attaining middle –income status.


The delegates gather for a group picture with the guests of Honor The minster of state for health.

With access to appropriate information and services, young people can truly plan for schooling, work, and childbearing on their terms.

And through our SHARE community and schools program CFYDDI continues to raise awareness among the youth about the risk behaviors that cause unwanted pregnancies.


Dr. Musingunzi on the right and Mr. Alain Sibenaler the UNFPA Representative in the middle during the closing ceremony of the conference.

CFYDDI participation and many others in such national conferences promotes a bottom top learning opportunity and exposure of the rural communities to the big concerns of the world where every person has a role to play! this provided a great opportunity for youth advocates to meet with champions but also provide the champions an opportunity to hear often the unheard rural voices that struggle to access contraception.

Kindly Invest in our well-Being through this festive season.

Friends, here at CFYDDI we will not stop bring you our community voices and thanking you again for investing in our well- being!


Informing you on how you can continue supporting our community effort and better our work and letting you know our funding needs.

Here at CFYDDI we are always finding cheaper ways to provide a service for everyone in rural communities in education, healthcare and community self help initiatives. Some of our program supporters, field travelers, and ambassadors from Global Giving and elsewhere have visited us here at CFYDDI and verified the work we are doing and we have been vetted by Global Giving’s rigorous due diligence process and this has further been cemented by 2 of our supporters giving us a score of 10 with the following feedback:

Those who started this still work all day, every day to make sure that children are safe, healthy and educated. They do not use the money for anything else. They continue to expand their services as they are able. CFYDDI is truly an example of what an on-ground non-profit should look like. We know the people, we know their work. We shall continue our support gladly.”

“Good cause, worth supporting” Build a Community Centre for 300 Ugandan Youth


Thanks to all those that have been visiting us and for all the feedback we received from you. We want more opportunities to get feedback directly from you all. This feedback is valuable in understanding more about how you our supporters react to our project reports and programs as this provides an opportunity for you to share your thoughts on the work that we are doing and as a result you help us improve our work and how we can improve and build more partnerships.

We kindly invite you to recommend our projects to a friend, Family member, or colleague for fundraising through this coming festive season.

More funding support of $4046 will allow us;

• Buy play items for children to swing, run around, and equip children’s play Conner that suits a modern play and learning center,

• Pay a stipend allowance for care takers;

• Pay an allowance for the teachers and volunteers,

• Put a meal on the table for the children,

• Enroll more vulnerable children attend the Early Child Development program,

• Pay for learning materials and visual aid,

• Paint the chairs and study rooms for children with attractive colors’,

• Paving the ground to cover the mud when it rains.

Together we can do more to bring meaningful services in previously undeserved communities.


Quote from Michael Rothwell’s the Global Giving In-the-Field Traveler

Dear Friends and to you all our development partners! In June this year 2017 Global Giving Field Traveler was at the Centre for Youth Driven Development Initiatives.

We were thrilled to welcome and host Michael Rothwell at the Centre.

We bring you Michael Rothwell’s quotation after he received a brief and inspected the CFYDDI Initiatives’ programs

Below is CFYDDI Early Children Children pose for a picture with Michael Rothwell of Global Giving.


Quote from Michael Rothwell’s the Global Giving In-the-Field Traveler

“The Centre for Youth Driven Development Initiatives is doing incredible work for their local community, supporting them through their large variety of programs. Their success is a testament to the dedication of their team in Uganda”

Friends and to you all our development partners, you are always welcome to advise, comment and visit CFYDDI site. Global Giving’s site visits are an important part of their work, and their team is always so excited to be able to meet, support, and learn from their nonprofit partners in the field.

So, thank you all who support our work through the Global Giving campaigns and other many ways for being a part of this program every year!

Michael Rothwell shared some feedback about his experience with CFYDDI, and gave us some valuable content. Thank you Rothwell for your time with CFYDDI staff and all the children from Ndazabazadde community.

Nineth Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting since July 31st to August 4th. On the Theme ; “Resourcing and financing youth development, empowering young people.”

Secretary-General: Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC in Uganda!

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is the sixth Commonwealth Secretary-General.
She was born in Dominica. She is the second Secretary-General from the Caribbean and the first woman to hold the post.

Dear friends’, reporting from CFYDDI here in Uganda, Patricia Scotland is in the country for the nineth Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting since July 31st to August 4th. The theme for the meeting is; “Resourcing and financing youth development, empowering young people.”

Your decisions to support CFYDDI work directly falls into the theme of the Nineth Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting happening now here in Uganda and we would like to use this same chance and timing to acknowledge you all, honor you and appreciate you all for your individual and collective support you have extended to the work of the Center for Youth Driven Development Initiatives (CFYDDI).


Its because of people like you that countless individual in rural communities of Uganda are living with much hope. With your support, you have enable CFYDDI make meaningful and measurable contribution to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) No: 1 (No poverty) SDG No 4: (Quality Education), SDG 10: Reduce Inequality, SDG 6: (Clean Water and Sanitation), and SDG 3: (Good Health and well- Being) this is a huge contribution that you make possible.


As a result among other things, you have worked in helping more young people, children and women access, better health, Education, clean water and employment opportunities they need to reach their full potential.

Thank you again for helping to empower rural community individuals and strengthening vulnerable communities that we serve! Your engagement is a vital part of future success.

Together, we are building the kind of world we want all our children and grandchildren to live in.


From everyone at the Center For Youth Driven Development Initiatives (CFYDDI)- wishing you all the very best and thanks for choosing to work with us with all your support and dedication.