How VAD has participated in the national networks

HOW VAD HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE NATIONAL NETWORKS:

UGANDA WATER AND SANITATION NGO NETWORK (UWASNET)

Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET) was founded in 2000 following a
Sector Policy Reform aimed at strengthening the contribution of CSOs in the sector. UWASNET
works though the Sector Wide Approach to contribute to the National Development Plan of
poverty alleviation through universal access to sustainable, safe water and improved standards of
sanitation and hygiene, in partnership with Government, sector development partners, private
sector, communities and its membership of over 250 CSOs working in different parts of Uganda.
Voluntary Action for Development is also an active member of UWASNET where VAD served
for a period of four years (2014-2018) as a Board of Directors among other 11 BOD member
Organizations. VAD was awarded a certificate of Examplary performance and dedication as a
member. Because of active participation, timely subscription among others, Danish People’s Aid
(DPA) through UWASNET awarded VAD a grant titled, “Citizen Action for Improved WASH
services which is being implemented in Namayumba Town Council 2019-2021”. Under this
programme, a of total 50 Advocacy Committee members have been empowered and have written
various petitions and presented to the duty bearers at Namayumba Town Council and Wakiso
District.

CHILDREN AT RISK ACTION NETWORK (CRANE)

IMPLEMENTED PROJECT: GIRLS EDUCATION CHALLENGE PROJECT

Voluntary Action for Development (VAD) is an active member of Children at Risk Action
Network (CRANE) as one of the National Networks in Uganda. CRANE is a nondenominational Christian network operating in the Kampala region of Uganda and coordinates
all Organizations undertaking interventions with Children’s rights and protection.
VAD in partnership with CRANE implemented the Girls Education Challenge project for a
period of four years (2013-2017) where a total of 88 girls (22 girls each year) aged 10-18 years
directly benefited. The major aim of this project was to improve the life chances of the
marginalized girls especially those who dropped out of schools for many reasons to be equipped
with hands-on and vocational knowledge and skills to ably apply in their future lives where they
can earn income and meet their needs. In partnership with CRANE, this Network provided
equipments like computers, printer, learning accommodation plus all the scholastic materials to
all the girls that studied plus monthly salaries for the teachers for the whole period of this project
intervention. This created a smooth learning environment for the girls and teachers.
Result of this intervention:
A total of 88 girls attained practical and hands-on training in areas of tailoring, hair dressing,
computer skills and counseling and currently the majority of the girls own their small businesses
to generate income.
Out of 88 girls who had dropped out of schools, 20 girls joined back to upper primary to
continue with their studies after realizing the benefits of education in school
The dignity and value of the girls was restored
Reduced cases of teenage mothers since they were enlightened on the importance of education
and working hard as able citizens of the country so to achieve their dreams.

PARTICIPATORY ECOLOGICAL LEARNING USE AND MANAGEMENT (PELUM)

PELUM Association is a regional Network of over 220 Civil Society Organizations in 12
countries in East, Central and Southern Africa working in the area of participatory ecological
land use management. Since 1955, PELUM has been working to improve the livelihoods of
small-scale farmers and the sustainability of rural communities through fostering of ecological
land use management. PELUM’s Programme areas include; Agriculture marketing development,
Sustainable farming systems, Advocacy, and Organizational and Institutional development.
VAD has actively participated and a member on the Sustainable Farming Systems committee.
Under this thematic area, among other Organizations VAD was selected and managed to
implement the pilot Community Managed Seed Security Model (CMSSM) in Namayumba Sub
County where two farmers’ groups of 30 members each benefited for a period of one year. VAD
worked closely with Kawerimidde farmers’ group and a seed bank was established at Mr.
Walugembe’ home in Buwasa. And it was of recent in 2017 that this Farmers’ group was visited
by the PELUM COUNTRY Board of Directors.
Further to this, VAD also participated in developing the seed security implementation guide and
currently the guide is out and in use by the member Organizations. VAD also participated in the
review of all the Models which include; CMSSM, Climate Resilient Agro ECO-Systems
Management Model, PESA (which is entirely on agricultural marketing). These 3 models,
PELUM wants member Organizations to integrate them in our work. With all these benefits from
PELUM as a Network, VAD has attained more capacity building and shared learning from
different Organizations and VAD has exhibited good stories of change from our targeted
beneficiaries.

HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK (HURINET)

VAD is a member of HURINET and BOD member. VAD has participated in various capacity
building trainings and different foras under this Network.

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