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CHANGING LIVES TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES BUILDING HOPE

ANNUAL REPORT 2011


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BRINGINGTO EAST HOPE AFRICA


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Fields of Life is committed to sharing the Christian faith by collaborating with local communities and churches in East Africa to bring about positive change through the provision of quality education, clean water, health promotion and other community based projects.

FOREWORD 5 EDUCATION 6 WATER 8 TEAMS 10 INCOME GENERATION 11 FINANCIAL SUMMARY 12 CEO REPORT 14 THE FUTURE 15


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Abudul Mulungi a Fields of Life sponsored child who was supported through all of his primary and secondary level education

There are many more little children throughout East Africa who need support to give them the opportunity of a quality education

A child collecting water in the slums of Kosovo, Kampala, Uganda


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FOREWORD It is my privilege to introduce this annual report to you. A special word of thanks to all our staff and volunteers in UK, Ireland and also in Uganda. During 2011 I took up a new position as Pastor of Crinken Church and am delighted to stay on as Chairman of Fields of Life. Richard Spratt has taken on the role of CEO and is doing a fantastic job of bringing Fields of Life to a new level of professionalism. Despite the difficult economic times we live in, God has blessed us in the work as we continue to serve the most vulnerable throughout East Africa. As Fields of Life continues to grow becoming more complex it is important that the directors’ continuously review and evaluate our strategy. We are committed to continuously improving the provision of quality education, clean water, health promotion, other community based initiatives and sharing the Christian faith.

Fields of Life driller after a long day’s work

We always aim to do the best we possibly can for our donors, stakeholders and the people we serve. As we continue to focus on the ways in which we can improve as an organisation, we commit to managing our resources effectively whilst developing our people in order to build our capacity to deliver our objectives and goals. We will continue to build relationships with other organisations within the development sector and the communities where we work to achieve a better quality of life for the people we serve. Our goals and objectives are ambitious but certainly achievable with God’s help. We also look forward to working with the ongoing commitment of our donors, the community where we work and our dedicated staff. Thank you for all your support and encouragement over the last year.

Trevor Stevenson Chairman & Founder, Fields of Life


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Samuel Senyonjo (15), Hosea Byansi (16) and Disan Gingo (17) working in the grinding mill where the cultivated maize is thrashed and milled to make 'posho' a staple part of the diet for children at Bethel Royal

EDUCATION DURING 2011 FIELDS OF LIFE CONTINUED TO SUPPORT AND ADVISE OVER 100 SCHOOL PROJECTS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL EAST AFRICA WHICH ARE PROVIDING VULNERABLE CHILDREN WITH ACCESS TO A QUALITY EDUCATION.

WE BELIEVE EDUCATION IS THE CATALYST FOR MEANINGFUL CHANGE AND THEREFORE PARTNER WITH LOCAL CHURCHES AND COMMUNITIES IN THE REGION TO HELP DELIVER EFFECTIVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AT GRASSROOTS LEVEL.

QUALITY EDUCATION It is reality that hundreds of thousands of East African children from poverty stricken homes, many of whom are orphans as a result of HIV/AIDS, are without access to even a basic primary level education. For them, an education is literally a chance for survival, a lifeline where they will get an opportunity to contribute to their community as well as their nation's much needed development. The provision of education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and at the very heart of the Fields of Life mission.

Senior secondary school students from Bethel Royal

• Over 103 Schools (89 primary / 14 secondary) have been built since 1997 throughout East Africa. • 41,000 children are currently being educated. • Over 36,000 children have been educated so far since the first school was built in 1997. • 3,300 of the most needy and vulnerable children are currently being sponsored through their primary & secondary education. • Over 1,000 children have been through the Sponsorship Programme since it began in 1997. • A Programme for monitoring educational standards has been implemented to ensure that the children receive the highest possible standards of education within the resources available.

BETHEL ROYAL SCHOOL, NAKASONGOLA Bethel Royal School, Nakasongola is one of our more recent educational projects kindly funded by the Ulster Royal Schools of Ireland, Down Battalion Boys Brigade and Fields of Life Hopebuilders. During 2011 the project was further enhanced by the addition of a science laboratory and the development of various income generating projects. Annet Kiisa is the visionary leader who has enabled this school and an established Fields of Life primary school nearby to become self sufficient. Through mobilising land resource and farming over 100 acres of land in order to ensure almost 1,000 students at both schools receive 3 meals per day. The children at Bethel Royal are also taught invaluable vocational and life skills such as brick making, tailoring and farming which enables them to become contributing members of the local community.


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ACHIEVEMENTS >

103 SCHOOLS BUILT SINCE 1997 36,000 CHILDREN EDUCATED ALREADY 41,000 CHILDREN BEING EDUCATED NOW 1000 CHILDREN SPONSORED ALREADY 3300 CHILDREN BEING SPONSORED NOW A senior secondary student at Bethel Royal who has been given the responsibility of managing the poultry project

Annet Kiisa, the School Director of Bethel Royal


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WATER Previous water source used by Alake community prior to Fields of Life’s involvement

Fields of Life’s drillers hard at work as the Alake community look on

CLEAN ACCESSIBLE DRINKING WATER IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT, ESSENTIAL TO LIFE; YET ONE IN SEVEN PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TODAY CANNOT ACCESS SAFE DRINKING WATER. INSTEAD, IT IS A LUXURY IN MANY PARTS OF EAST AFRICA. MANY PEOPLE SUFFER SICKNESS AND DEATH DUE TO WATER BORNE DISEASES AS WELL AS VALUABLE SCHOOL HOURS LOST FOR CHILDREN WITH NO CHOICE BUT TO FETCH DIRTY WATER OVER LONG DISTANCES.

At Fields of Life we are hugely concerned about the lack of available clean water supply especially amongst vulnerable and marginalised groups, such as women and children. 163 wells have been drilled and are providing communities (c. 250,000 villagers) with clean, safe drinking water. We are well on our way to fulfilling our vision of drilling 1,000 wells over a ten year period. Fields of Life purchased its own drilling rig late in 2009 which reduced costs of borehole drilling by 50%. We are passionate about providing clean water and during 2011 have doubled our operational capacity to drill 10 wells per month through acquiring a 2nd drilling rig.

The finished borehole generously donated by Holy Trinity Dromore Church of Ireland, Northern Ireland

ALAKE COMMUNITY BOREHOLE Well No. 143 drilled by Fields of Life was in Alake Village in Kole District, Northern Uganda. The community had been using a stagnant water source which animals also used causing much illness and death from water-borne disease. The new well which was funded by Holy Trinity Dromore, Church of Ireland is supplying the 240 households in the village, and up to 2,000 people, with fresh, clean drinking water thus reducing the incidence of disease and death in the area.


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AWELO COMMUNITY

HAD NEVER HAD ANY CLEAN WATER SOURCE UNTIL THE INTERVENTION OF FIELDS OF LIFE

Women and children from Awelo community collecting dirty water from previous water source

AWELO COMMUNITY BOREHOLE Awelo community is located in Lira district, Northern Uganda. It is over 350 kms north of the capital city, Kampala. This community was affected by a long and protracted civil war that lasted over 20 years during which time very little development took place. The community is extremely poor relying solely on subsistence farming and stone crushing to survive. “Awelo community had never had any clean water source until the intervention of Fields of Life” says 55 year old Edward Okwir who is a beneficiary of this well. They were previously using water from a hand dug well which

A jubilant Edward Okwir, delighted to see the completed Fields of Life borehole

caused water borne diseases such as typhoid, diarrhoea and tape worms. Dorcus Akole a mother of 2 also expressed her appreciation for this borehole provided by Fields of Life. She lives in a neighbouring community of Apinymoo and rides a bicycle to this well since it is the nearest clean water source to her home.The Awelo borehole is in a central location serving four communities therefore providing clean water for many hundreds of people in the locality.

Dorcus Akole on her daily routine of collecting fresh clean water from the new borehole

ACHIEVEMENTS >

163 WELLS DRILLED ALREADY BY 2011 250,000 PEOPLE NOW HAVE CLEAN WATER 10 NEW WELLS BEING DRILLED EVERY MONTH 1000 WELLS IS OUR TEN YEAR TARGET BY2019 CLEAN WATER FOR MORE THAN1 MILLION PEOPLE


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TEAMS AND VOLUNTEERS TRAVEL TO AFRICA AT VARIOUS TIMES OF THE YEAR, EACH WITH A DIFFERENT FOCUS USING THEIR LIFE EXPERIENCE, TALENTS AND SKILLS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS. TEAM PROJECTS CAN INCLUDE BUILDING WORK, PAINTING, HEALTH EDUCATION, TEACHER TRAINING, SPORTS, MUSIC, CRAFTS AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION INITIATIVES IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LOCAL CHURCHES AND COMMUNITIES WHOM WE PARTNER WITH ON THE GROUND. These team experiences are an excellent way to encounter East African culture, meet new people, make new friends, and best of all - change lives! The majority response from our volunteers is that the joy and satisfaction they receive from participating in a short term mission trip is greater than their personal contribution. During 2011 a total of 9 teams engaged in volunteer trips with two of the teams highlighted.

TEAMS

Members of the uServe 2011 team who visited Uganda in August 2011

BELFAST MODEL GIRLS SECONDARY SCHOOL, BELFAST The school’s main aim of the trip was to allow the girls to experience a culture that is completely different to the one in which they live and to give them a fresh perspective on the reality of poverty in the developing world. The team spent time working in a Fields of Life Primary school called Jehovah Jireh. They delivered a Kids Club in the mornings and played games with the children in the afternoon. The team grew very attached to the children and found the experience to be transformational and unforgettable as illustrated by two of the team members: Sarah-Jane Keilty - ‘While on my trip to Uganda I found that the kids and even some adults were just so ecstatic to see us arrive at their school. Children would be laughing, waving and jumping up and down when they seen our bus arrive.’

Louise Hill - ‘I don’t quite know how to put into words exactly how my trip to Uganda was but it was the most amazing experience of my life. It was an incredible, fun-filled and emotional trip. From the moment I stepped off the plane and took my first breath, the smell of Africa hit me. The first few days were all a bit of a blur and it made me think of all the things I take for granted- even the simplest things. Uganda was a life changing experience and seeing all the children filled with happiness was just overwhelming. No matter what, they just keep smiling. The trip has taught me to appreciate my family and friends a lot more. Not a day goes past that I dont think about my experience in Africa and of the children we met. Uganda will forever be in my heart and in the future I hope to return.’

uSERVE 2011 This was the first ‘open team’ offered to individuals who want to experience a short term volunteering trip and maybe didn’t have the opportunity with an established team whether through a school, church, business or other organisation. A team of 16 was recruited to run the first ever Fields of Life student camp, ‘The Master’s Touch’ in the grounds of Grace High School attended by over 300 students from 10 different Fields of Life Secondary Schools. Each team member brought with them different skills and talents enabling a varied and packed programme of music, drama, health promotion, life skills, Christian education, sports, arts and dance. • Fields of Life will continue to run ‘open’ team opportunities and for any information on all team and volunteering options contact the office at info@fieldsoflife.com


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INCOME GENERATION WE BELIEVE THE BEST WAY TO HELP SOMEONE OUT OF POVERTY IS TO EQUIP THEM WITH THE TOOLS TO GET OUT OF THE CYCLE OF DEPRIVATION AND TO HELP THEM HELP THEMSELVES. Fields of Life identifies families in need from the communities where schools are established and seeks to provide them with assistance to start a business or generate streams of revenue. This provides people with a sense of purpose and dignity enabling them to build a better future for their families. The following projects are examples of the difference which is being made and testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of many African villagers in the midst of abject poverty.

A group of Kabale women farmers happy after harvesting ‘Irish’ potatoes through their hard work.

KABALE WOMEN FARMERS FROM NYAKAGERA PRIMARY SCHOOL, KABALE, WESTERN UGANDA A group of potato farmers from Kabale in Western Uganda received Field of Life assistance through its Gifts Of Life programme in the form of seed potatoes which they have been able to multiply 4 times over. The families are reaping the benefits of their hard work, and their lives have been improved with some members of the co-operative able to clear personal debts, improve their housing conditions as well as enhance the diet for their families. They have also been able to contribute towards paying school fees for their children and purchase ‘luxury’ items such as mattresses for their children and families’ to sleep on. Despite their successes, the Kabale women farmers still believe in hard work. "Our next goal is to empower more women in the area, so they can deliver more potatoes which can later be sold to several parts of Uganda.”

POULTRY PROJECT AT FAITH HOME OF CHAMPIONS, KIBALE, UGANDA Through membership of a poultry group, Augustine Katushabe attended a Fields of Life training programme that showed him how to increase his productivity and improve the quality of his eggs. Fields of Life advisors trained Augustine and other farmers in best practice regarding rearing poultry. Fields of Life, through its Gifts of Life programme has assisted more than 2,000 farming households since 2006 to help them develop their livelihoods and lift themselves out of poverty. The Tukore Namani poultry group, of which Augustine is a member, received 180 hens in June 2011. Augustine picks eggs on a daily basis and as a group they harvest 4 trays of eggs every day earning up to the equivalent value of £2 per tray per day which has significantly increased his income. With savings from the project, Augustine has been able to pay fees to send 5 of his 8 children to school. Augustine is also better able to afford their school fees and supplies. He can also provide them with a more balanced diet due to the eggs and has a sense of dignity and worth and by being able to take responsibility and care for his family. “Everything changed when I got the training,” Augustine said. “Now I know how to earn money from my poultry project”

Photos from top: • beneficiaries being trained • the family of Augustine • poultry delivery at Augustine’s home • poultry delivered in June • trays of eggs harvested


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FINANCIAL SUMMARY TREASURER’S REPORT The financial accounts of Fields of Life in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland have been audited by Moore Grimley according to the Companies Act 2006. The total income within N.I. amounted to £1,527,285 with expenditure of £1,412,910 while our Republic of Ireland (RoI) operation had an income of €557,572 and an expenditure of €556,089. Income was down from the 2010 financial year due in some part to exceptional donations in the previous period as well as the challenging economic climate throughout Ireland. The financial performance in 2011 performed strongly against budget and is deemed a significant achievement given the economic environment. We are very pleased to report that 93 per cent of our income was expended directly on charitable activities with the balance spent on governing the organisation appropriately along with investing in fundraising initiatives to generate new and maintain existing revenue streams. Strong budgetary and cost control have enabled this favourable cost income ratio which compares very well sectorally. We have ended the year in a sound financial position in regard to ongoing funding commitments and our general funds balance. The Board of Directors are indebted to the partnership of our donors throughout UK & Ireland who have supported the work throughout this financial year.

Reserves at 31st December 2011: Combined Unrestricted Funds £156,529

CONSOLIDATED INCOME & EXPENDITURE INCOME Total - £1,990,070

EXPENDITURE Total - £1,874,464

Child Sponsorship £633,249 (32%)

Charitable Activities £1,735,527 (93.02%)

Schools / Education £463,335 (23%)

Governance Costs £115,809 (5.82%)

Water £429,163 (21%)

Cost of Fundraising £23,128 (1.16%)

Combined Restricted Funds £571,983 (these funds are allocated for specific projects pending transfer to Fields of Life East Africa)

Raymond Mulligan Treasurer .................................... These financial highlights are for the year 1 January 2011 - 31 December 2011. They have been taken from the audited statutory accounts of the charity approved by the Boards of Directors in both ROI and NI. Both sets of accounts have received an unqualified audit opinion. Full annual accounts and Directors’ / Auditor’s Reports are available upon request from Fields of Life office. These figures reflect consolidated income and expenditure for Fields of Life NI & ROI entities. Please note a further $78,523 was contributed by FOL USA and AUS$5,093 by FOL Australia and remitted directly to Fields of Life Uganda. Exchange rate for Euro to Sterling was taken as 0.83 as at 31.12.2011

General Donations £213,544 (11%) Other Income £195,623 (10%) Income Generation £35,641 (2%) Health Education £19,515 (1%)


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OF THE MONEY WE RAISE DIRECTLY IMPACTS THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST


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CEO REPORT

I AM PRIVILEGED AND HONOURED TO BE ABLE TO SERVE FIELDS OF LIFE AS YOUR CEO HAVING TAKEN UP POST IN APRIL 2011. IT IS NOW TWO AND A HALF YEARS SINCE I JOINED FIELDS OF LIFE AND I AM CONSTANTLY HUMBLED BY THE SCALE OF THE ORGANISATIONS ACHIEVEMENTS OVER THE BEST PART OF TWO DECADES.

Fields of Life Chief Executive Richard Spratt visiting students at Grace High School, Luwero, Uganda

During the 2011 financial year there have been significant landmarks for the organisation such as the appointment of a development professional as our new Regional Director, East Africa, to oversee and monitor all project delivery throughout East Africa. We were able to acquire a second drilling rig doubling our capacity to drill borehole wells in our current focus area, Northern Uganda, which has suffered under the brutalities of the Lord’s Resistance Army. It is a real joy to be able to sustain this programme which provides up to 10,000 people with fresh, clean drinking water each month.

We have also further developed and focused on our quality education programme in an effort to continually improve the educational standards in the existing school network whilst also identifying and partnering with new communities. At the end of the 2011 academic year in East Africa we were delighted that many of our schools achieved some of the best results in their local districts which is testament to the dedication and commitment of those many school directors, headteachers and teaching staff. The Fields of Life Education team ably supported our school network to raise educational standards as well as providing advice and support on governance and management issues. Our team remains passionately committed to seeing the schools flourish and develop. We have also been mapping out our strategic priorities for the next number of years and I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead including developing operations in GB and extending our project work into South Sudan.

I believe the core values we hold in Fields of Life of being God-led, people-centric and community orientated when underpinned by excellent stewardship and a ‘can-do’ attitude lay the foundations for future growth as we commit to sharing practically the love of God with vulnerable and marginalised communities in East Africa and beyond. I would like to extend a personal thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers in NI, ROI, GB, USA & Australia and the many donors and funders who through their continued generosity and support are enabling work which is making a lasting difference, changing lives, transforming communities and bringing hope to those who need it most. In Christian service

Richard Spratt Chief Executive


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THE FUTURE IN ORDER TO FOCUS OUR WORK AND MAXIMISE OUR IMPACT FIELDS OF LIFE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE FOLLOWING STRATEGIC PRIORITIES UP TO 2015 IN ORDER TO DELIVER OUR VISION OF CHANGING LIVES, TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES AND BRINGING HOPE IN EAST AFRICA.

CONNECTING PEOPLE To provide opportunities for donors and supporters of Fields of Life to engage directly with communities in East Africa in tackling issues of poverty thus creating a forum whereby mutual transformation can occur.

EFFECTIVE PROGRAMME DELIVERY To establish positive community engagement with communities in East Africa with a focus on Education, Water & Sanitation and Health Promotion.

SUSTAINABILITY & GROWTH FOL will seek to extend its present resource base by diversifying funding streams and developing new, innovative fundraising initiatives.

To work collaboratively with local East African governments, community leaders and churches on projects to ensure that they are related to local need and are evaluated on the basis of effective outcomes, while ensuring effective participation by beneficiaries thus enhancing the organisation’s standing with donors and stakeholders. To engage with local church in East Africa focusing on the capacity building and empowerment of its leadership to directly tackle issues of poverty whilst communicating the gospel holistically in both word and deed.

To recruit, train and equip short term mission teams to fundraise and undertake specific project work in East Africa.

BUILDING CAPACITY FOL will actively encourage good governance including the nurturing of a new generation of leaders. This includes a commitment to examining new imaginative and creative ways of engaging young people in the movement of FOL during the period to 2015. FOL will ensure that organisational competencies develop in line with increasing complexities of managing the organisation ensuring both an efficient use of resource whilst not compromising the effective delivery of projects in East Africa.


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