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Fount of Mercy
May 29, 2010

FOM works with small grassroots organizations in Uganda that serve vulnerable populations many of whom are women. There are many widows, single mothers, women with disabilities and orphaned/vulnerable girl children. FOM works to build the capacity of these organizations that serve these disenfranchised groups by jointly developing programs and projects that benefit the poorest women and girl children. One of the main ways that women are empowered is by integrating them into a viable income generating activity. An example is sewing and tailoring for which FOM pays for the training courses of women in the villages so they can learn to be tailors, generate income and support their families. Another instance of empowering young girls and women is through FOM's joint educational initiatives with community based schools that allow children who do not have the money to pay for school fees to receive an elementary education. FOM is an amazing ngo, because they utilize local knowledge, resources and incorporates the sustainability approach in all their development initiatives. The goal of all development endeavors and activities is to help achieve self-sustainability of the grassroots organization, poor communities and the most vulnerable individuals of those communities. This is done by building on the existing capacities of the stakeholders so poorest of the poor will have more choices regarding their lives and those of their families.

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Through site visitations, working directly with the organizations and beneficiaries, as well as monitoring and evaluating the process and impact of programs and organizations on the communities, I have seen the effective results of FOM's work.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Former staff & I served as a Development Associate for FOM in Uganda for 8 months, developing projects, managing the partnership intake process of 3 new community based organization, building administrative capacity of the CBOs and creating/teaching ESL lesson plans.