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trading places Place of birth. Three words. Countless implications. It can mean the difference between turning on the tap to get a glass of clean water to drink and spending five hours of every day to collect water from the nearest swamp so that your family has enough to survive. It can mean the difference between universal access to quality education and never learning to read and write because your family simply cannot afford the annual tuition of six dollars. It can mean the difference between having access to medical care at any time of day and watching your child die of a curable illness. We don’t have a say in where we are born. But, we can restore the balance. The elimination of extreme poverty is within our reach. Let us show you what you can do. There’s a place between relief and development which is rarely mentioned. It’s called recovery. Right now, numerous communities are emerging from a variety of catastrophic events and circumstances such as violent conflict, the AIDS epidemic and devastating drought. Trying to move forward, these communities frequently find themselves confronted with new, often insurmountable challenges. They are at a standstill. But through a recovery project with Raising The Village, they have the opportunity to achieve their goals. Recovery is about putting the key pieces in place which allow a struggling village to get beyond mere survival and grow into a vibrant, thriving community. It’s about simple things: having clean drinking water, access to education and the opportunity to earn a living. It’s a springboard into a brighter future. It does not take very much to forever change the lives of an entire village. But it starts with you.


WE ARE Raising The Village is a registered, Canadian not-for-profit organization with innovative and effective solutions which create lasting community development. OUR PEOPLE

Founded in 2006, we have grown from a one-man operation, into an organization with six passionate full-time staff and over 50 dedicated and talented volunteers. OUR MISSION

We partner with remote villages in Uganda to make recovery possible. OUR GOAL

Foster self-sufficiency in order to empower communities so that they are able to determine their own future and eliminate the need for future relief and funding.



We work with the members of the most affected communities to: • Identify needs and priorities • Recognize existing skill sets and assets • Generate ideas and formulate solutions • Provide training, tools and critical infrastructure • Problem solve and provide on-going support



WHY UGANDA We work where we understand

When Raising The Village was first starting out, Uganda was a country where we had many connections with local people and groups, other non-profit organizations and local government. We were familiar with local customs and culture, political and community organization, transportation networks, the education system and the language. This has allowed us to partner with the neediest communities and work effectively with them. We work where we can be most effective

In 2006, 85% of Uganda’s population was living on less than a dollar a day. Today, that number is down to 52%. Uganda has emerged as a country ready for recovery. As economic and political stability continue to improve, incredible opportunities in Uganda continue to arise. With strong leadership structures, passionate women’s groups, and committed local government, Ugandan communities are ideal candidates for Raising The Village’s recovery projects. People can be described simply as ‘community-centric’. Success is measured by the well-being of the entire community and there is an intrinsic understanding of the need for everyone to work together in order to escape the clutches of extreme poverty. We work where we can effectively reach other countries in the future

In the volatile region of Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda offers hope to its neighbours as a example of what is possible. As surrounding countries stabilize and their communities are able to begin the recovery process, Uganda will act as a jumping point. Raising The Village will be there.


WHAT WE DO community. education. sustainable.

The 4 -Step Approach

Step 1: Community selection

In order for Raising The Village to make the greatest possible impact, we focus on recovery.

The challenges of extreme poverty limit a community’s ability to reach out for support. Ironically, it is often the neediest ones that are unseen and unheard. At Raising The Village, we rely on our network of local NGOs, community leaders and the local government for referrals to communities that are ready to move forward.

We use a structured methodology which applies best practices drawn from both profit and non-profit sectors. This allows us to customize projects for the unique needs and priorities of each village that we work with. The projects will provide the community with the support it needs to grow steadily and to acquire the means to create lasting results without the need for future aid.

We receive daily invitations from communities that are hoping to embark on a recovery project. Communities are selected after a thorough assessment. This is to ensure that the highest quality of work is achieved and that we have completed our due diligence to ensure full accountability to our staff, to the community and to our donors. Communities which are not immediately selected are provided feedback and guidance. Criteria we use in the selection process include: • Need • Readiness for a recovery project • Shared community vision •  Participation commitment from the community • Presence of strong leadership • No conflicts of interest • Clean background checks


Step 2: Plan and Design

Every project is customized to respond to the needs and priorities as identified by the village. Discussions and workshops are held to gather information and to bring to light villagers’ strengths, assets, experience and expertise. Everyone is given a voice. Everyone matters. Using our structured methodology, we then integrate these findings with solutions from three critical components – infrastructure, education and income generation – to form a multi-faceted and cohesive project which benefits every member of the village. Possible solutions include: • Construction of schools • Community centres • Wells and latrines • Training in agriculture and sanitation • School meal programs • Income generation programs – livestock collectives and community agriculture plots The project design is shared and reviewed by the entire village. After a process of obtaining feedback and making final adjustments, the village votes. Responsible parties are assigned to different aspects of the project. We then share the community’s vision and plan with you. 9

Step 3: implementation

Once funding is in place, we’re ready to break ground. We always begin with the construction of a central hub such as a school or community centre. The entire community pulls its resources together and everyone plays a role. Some bring stones, other make bricks, and still others plant and tend to the gardens. The completion of this hub is empowering. It motivates and encourages the community to continue with the project while providing a central location for training and village meetings. Following the completion of this first building, the remaining pieces of the project are undertaken.


Step 4: Completion, Evaluation, and the Next Steps

Once the project implementation stage has been completed, the ‘keys’ are passed on to the leaders, symbolizing the community’s accomplishments and ownership of the recovery project. It is a joyous time, but the real work has just started. Our team continues to provide skills training and coaching to the community: working side-by-side with them to find solutions for challenges, and plan for the future. The objective is always to achieve community goals and drive every project to sufficiency – eliminating the need for future aid.


OUR WORK CENTRAL UGANDA GRACE Distance from Kampala: 58 km Closest trading centre: Nakifuma Village population: 681 Students attending: 156

KANGA Distance from Kampala: 78 km Closest trading centre: Nkokonjeru Village population: 610 Students attending: 107


WESTERN UGANDA KANYAMAHENE Distance from Kisoro: 30 km Village population: 621 Average daily income: 667 UGX/$0.27 CDN

BITONGO Distance from Kisoro: 5 km Village population: 1278 Average daily income: 1,000 UGX/$0.40 CDN


Distance from Kampala: 63 km Closest trading centre: Najjembe Village population: 580 Students attending: 138

Distance from Kisoro: 50 km Village population: 523 Average daily income: 167 UGX/$0.07 CDN



Population: 1,600,000

Distance to Kampala: 483 km Population: 273,700 Average altitude: 1,980 m Average daily income: 1,333 UGX

*Statistics gathered as of December 2010


Total population: 32.7 M Under 18 years old: 18.3 M Under 5 years old: 6.4 M Life expectancy: 53 Population living with HIV/AIDs: 6.5% Population using approved drinking water sources: 67% Population using approved sanitation facilities: 48% Living under $1/day: 52%





Project Costs

$12,000 CDN Initial Project Timeline

GRACE Grace Daycare and Orphanage in Nanga village was the vision of the community to build a community primary school and orphanage for their children. Work was underway when the village was hit with the AIDS epidemic. Eva Nabatanzi and many members of the community leadership were lost. As a result, construction and programs were brought to a grinding halt. Eva’s sister, Liz Mukibii, left her life in the city to return and fulfill her village’s dream. Raising The Village was invited to join Nanga village to complete the work in 2007.

12 months (February 2007–February 2008) Infrastructure

Renovation of 2 classroom blocks and nursery Construction of 1 latrine (4 stalls) Completion of living quarters for male and female orphans, headmaster Completion of office and staff room Kitchen Income Generation

Farming start-up kit (Farming equipment and seeds) Chicken coop and chickens Education

Increase the number of teachers Improve student performance Implement school meal program


Results to Date (December 2010)

Orphans cared for on-site


Additional orphans receiving financial support


Female to male enrollment ratio


Grace Daycare and Orphanage Year-end savings for reinvestment

31% (net profit)

School meals served (2008–2010)


Academic improvement (2008–2010) Achieved from 57% to 83%

Frank In 2007, we met Frank. He was living in a rented shack with other orphans; sleeping on a jigger infested dirt floor, suffering from malnutrition and at high risk for serious illness. Since then, Frank has been at Grace. He has, after completing his primary, continued with his secondary and attended our vocational training course where he learned new skills in masonry and construction. This year, he got his first job working in construction. He continues to give back by helping with repairs and school maintenance at Grace. 15

KANGA In the remote village of Kanga, the local community struggles to survive day-to-day with the average household earning of 15 to 25 cents per day. School fees are far greater than what local families can afford, denying children access to education. Through the donation of 5 acres from a member of the village for the purpose of constructing a school, the community was able to band together to create Kanga Primary to serve the educational needs of their children. Struggling with poor infrastructure, limited funds, and lack of knowledge, the community invited Raising The Village to join their cause. In 2009, Raising The Village was introduced to the Kanga village with the goal of helping local leaders create a community owned self-sufficient school which provides subsidized and free primary education. 16

Project Costs

$24,000 CDN Initial Project Timeline

6 months (February 2009– June 2009) Infrastructure

1 classroom block 1 convertible classroom block and community Hall 1 latrine (4 stalls)

AISHA Madam Aisha has been a teacher at Kanga for the past 3 years. She is considered its most consistent and reliable teacher. She teaches the lower grades and acts as the school bursar in the absence of the school director. When Madam Aisha was asked why she stays at the school when she has the experience and credentials for better paying opportunities, she explained that she believes in what the community school stands for and that she wants to play a key role in increasing education levels and transforming the quality of life in Kanga.

Desks and administrative supplies and training kit 1 spring water well Income Generation

Farming start-up kit (Farming equipment and seeds) Education

Increase the number of teachers Improve student performance Implement school meal program

Results to Date (December 2010) Female to male enrollment ratio


Increase in attendance (2008–2010) 214% School meals served (2008–2010)


Time for Kanga Primary School to positive and balance budget

6 months 17

SSANGA The sleepy village of Ssanga lies in the heart of the Mabira rainforest, where traditional livelihoods of logging and hunting have been outlawed. Life has become desperate for the isolated village as population stress, high levels of unemployment and rising rates of alcohol abuse affect the community. With as many as 3 primary school-aged children in every household not attending school, community leaders identified lack of access to education as one of the greatest challenges facing the village. The community came together to construct a small schoolhouse to teach their children. A single 1 x 1 metre chalkboard was shared between all of the classes. Raising The Village was invited to work with Ssanga village and to support them with their plans for the children and for the survival of their village. Project Costs

$30,000 CDN Initial Project Timeline

24 months (June 2010–June 2012) Infrastructure

2 classroom blocks 1 office and staff room 1 latrine (4 stalls) Desks and administrative supplies and training kit 3 well recovery projects and training Income Generation

Farming start-up kit (Farming equipment and seeds) Education

Increase the number of teachers Improve administrative management Implement school meal program


Results to Date (December 2010) Increase in females attendance from 2009


Increase in teachers

from 2 to 5

Initial construction of basic infrastructure

start April 2011

Ssekabi In early 2011, we introduced the newest member of the Raising The Village team. Our lean, green brick making machine is something special as it makes Interlocking Stabilized Soil Bricks (ISSB). Unlike traditional bricks, which need to be baked and cured in a furnace (up to 50 full sized trees are required to make enough traditional bricks to construct a small classroom), ISSB bricks harden in the sun and do not require baking. These bricks are also bigger, stronger and last longer than traditional bricks. Ssanga is located in a protected rainforest where preserving the trees and natural wildlife habitat is essential to maintaining the fragile environment. Thanks to a community who was open to learning new skills and committed to pressing every single brick for their school, we’ve been able to build a green and sustainable place of learning. 19

BITONGO Among the first inhabitants in the Kisoro region, the village of Bitongo “the abandoned place� is made up of subsistence farmers in an area lying at the base of the Virunga mountains. The community lives in extreme poverty with average household incomes of less than 40 cents a day. However, they are organized and motivated to make change happen and to put in the work. Community leaders have identified a need for clean drinking water and education, especially post primary/vocational. Currently, less than 30% of women achieve primary levels of education and over 85% of women are illiterate. The community has pooled their resources to acquire a plot of land which would provide space to house initiatives. Raising The Village is working with Bitongo villagers to create a locally managed water catchment system that will provide access to clean water and decrease incidences of water borne illnesses such as diarrhea. Raising The Village will teach women in the community to manage a goat cooperative that will empower women to become active participants in the community and increase average income in the household. Resource management and agricultural training will help increase the capacity within this village, making it a hub for economic activity and poverty reduction for the entire Kisoro region.


WOMEN OF BITONGO The women of Bitongo face immense cultural and economic challenges as they care for their households. Research shows that of a woman’s income, 92% goes towards the household. The women of the community have formed small savings cooperatives on their own initiative to pool their resources and invest in new opportunities. Raising The Village is proud to support these women in their learning of new skills and in their development of programs aimed at caring for their community.

Project Costs

$30,000 CDN Project Timeline

12 months (October 2011– October 2012) Infrastructure

1 water catchment 1 community centre 1 latrine (4 stalls) Income Generation

Farming start-up kit (Farming equipment and seeds) Womens goat cooperative Education

Womens basic skills and management training WASH sanitation and hygiene training Farming and agriculture productivity training

OBJECTIVES Sustainable access to clean drinking all year round Empower women Strengthen women’s cooperatives (basic skills and training) Improve household income and quality of life Improve crop yields and reduce soil nutrition depletion 21


HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS We are committed to being accountable to people in our villages, to our staff and volunteers, and to our donors. We are a results oriented organization. Our results based management approach uses key indicators to closely track progress in each community. This allows us to identify areas for improvement and to celebrate success.

Examples of Key Indicators that we use:

School meals provision Boy/girl student ratios Teacher/student ratios Training hours Crop yields to targets Dependence on external funding Household income Employment levels



A donation made to Raising The Village is spent on community recovery projects in Uganda. It is allocated into the three areas of recovery: education, infrastructure, and income generation. Help a community break out of the cycle of extreme poverty forever.


$100 $500

Provides 12 children with a desk in their classroom, allowing them the opportunity to sit and learn Supplies a community with an agriculture start-up kit. Tools, seeds and training in new techniques provide villages with a means to permanently increase household income.

$1,000 $5,000 $8,000

Allows a community women’s group the opportunity to manage 20 goats, increasing their potential household income a thousand times over. Is the average construction cost of a well which provides clean and easily accessible drinking water for a community of 250. Can build a 4-room classroom block providing over 150 children with a place to learn while also serving as a community centre for village discussions, workshops and weddings among many other important events.


Will fund a complete community recovery project for a village of more than 500 people.

Once Raising The Village receives enough funding to start a phase for a recovery project, our ground team begins to mobilize the community and construction of vital infrastructure can begin. We source our materials and teams locally. In fact, our staff live in the communities during the initial phases of a project. Our projects take 6–12 months to implement, usually achieving self-sufficiency within this timeframe. We report progress to donors through our website, blog, and newsletters. Please visit

$6 = Year’s tuition for 1 child $25 = 1 desk $6 = textbooks $2 = 1 atlas $20 = 1 teaching equipment set

$2,500 = 1 latrine $1,200 = 1 kitchen $4,000 = 1 office and staff room $300 = Seeds, rakes, hoes $1,200 = 1 brick machine


Executive Director & Founder Shawn Holden Cheung +1 416 992 0444 Canadian Operations Director Alan Liu +1 416 623 0161 Charitable No. 817643612RR0001

CANADA Raising The Village c/o Centre for Social Innovation 215 Spadina Ave., Suite 412 Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2C7 Canada

Uganda Raising The Village Plot 13, Bishop Tucker Road Mukono, Uganda Mailing Address

Raising The Village P.O. Box 36174 Kampala, Uganda

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