Welcome to FOCUSED Organization

Foundation for Community Utilization of Sustainable Empowerment and Development (FOCUSED) is a community based development organization. Its mission is to provide support to local communities in Uganda to sustain-ably engender their own development for self-sustenance. 

Village/City, Country: Kasese, Uganda     

Location: Kemihoko Cell, Nyamwamba Division  

Setting: Rural Based  

Established: 

Group Mission: To promote community development by working to reduce diseases, poverty and ignorance among the people of our community. 

Group objectives

  1. To work together and improve the social and economic well-being of the community.
  2. To engage in community development programs to eradicate poverty and improve on the current illiteracy.
  3. To promote good sanitation and hygiene in the community.
  4. To work together and improve the social and economic well-being of the community.
  5. To engage in community development programs to eradicate poverty and improve on the current illiteracy.
  6. To promote good sanitation and hygiene in the community.

Group Activities

  1. Giving o-social support to members in good and bad times. 
  2. Tree Planting - encouraging community members to plant trees for income and environment conservation
  3. Health Mobilization - encouraging community members to take children and mothers for immunization and HIV testing.
  4. Community Revolving fund – Saving and loaning out money to community members. 
  5. Promoting formal education - Sensitization the community about the importance of educating children and encouraging parents to take their children to school.

Group Project

Events Items for hire Project -  From the group savings and support from the Government Community Driven Development program (CDD) members have managed to start an Events Items Hire Project to earn an income as they provide a community social service of organizing functions like ceremonies, Health and education campaigns.

Challenges faced include: Lack of transport, inadequate storage for events project items and inadequate water supply in the community.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Applying volunteers can choose from any of the following opportunity to support this group
  2. Supporting the community sensitization and mobilization for Health and Education.
  3. Working with the community to assess their available assets to build on their group objectives
  4. Expanding the tree planting project and integrate a business aspect
  5. Improving the community savings and loaning revolving fund, and support members to use the loans to start viable small businesses.
  6. A sanitation and hygiene project.
  7. Professionalizing the Events Items for hire Project
  8. Fund raising for the group

Volunteer Requirements

  1. High level of personal initiative
  2. Highly organized and ability to work both individually or in a group
  3. Good communication skills
  4. Readiness to work with rural communities
  5. Patience, determination and optimism

Working Conditions

FOCUSED gives support to community partners in Kasese.  The volunteer working with Kemihoko Bataka Twetekanize Group will be based at FOCUSED office and carryout the field work with the group within the community.  The volunteer works with full support from FOCUSED staff and a network of technical and professions in community development field.

Supervisor information

The supervisor is the FOCUSED Coordinator Dan Mugisa Byenkya. He is a committed young man with passion in community and international development.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Development Studies and has extensive experience working with Volunteers both from in and outside Uganda.

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Program Highlights