Pilot Project Update
From September to December, Gabby our volunteer was incredibly busy in Uganda. She spent her days getting to know the community, participating in high-energy meetings and working on developing us as an organisation in Uganda.
Thanks to Gabby and our amazing volunteers in Uganda, we successfully completed an up to date Needs Assessment; we conducted over 80 individual interviews and four focus groups, accessing over 110 community members in Bunambutye.
Our Needs Assessment interviews and focus groups provided us with a rich source of data to inform the development of our training programme. We plan to use the community’s reflections to help us design a programme that aligns with the community’s values, beliefs, and expectations. Many of our initial ideas about training modules have been affirmed (the community wants to learn more about income-generating activities, agriculture, health, and collective action). Gabby also spent time engaging with a number of like-minded organisations and learned about other training programmes and ways of working and we are currently exploring ways of developing partnerships and using all of this knowledge and experience to support the communities in Bunambutye.
The team in Uganda also made strides towards Blossom Africa becoming registered as an official community-based organisation (CBO).
Gabby has now left Uganda to join Young 1ove, an NGO in Botswana, we wish her the best of luck and are so very grateful for all the hard work, insight and passion she gave to Blossom Africa. Gabby has kindly agreed to continue volunteering for us and will work with us to develop and refine the training materials to ensure that our programming is of high quality and impactful.
2017 promises to bring more exciting progress for Blossom Africa as we continue to work with the community to find solutions to the everyday challenges they face.