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: Kasese Municipality   

Setting: Peri - Urban    

Established: 2015  


Association’s Mission

Association’s background

The members of the Association found it hard to get employment because of the low levels of education brought about by the low income levels of their parents.  The Association was started in 2015 to help the youth involve in activities that are financially beneficial to them and can help boost their household incomes.

  It was started by James Kabakwa a lecturer at Bugema University. The Association started with the chalk production project to benefit poor schools around Kasese while supporting Association Members earn a living/income. 

Association’s Clients:

The target groups to sell chalk are the schools.

Association’s Objectives

Association’s Activities

1. School Chalk Production: The group is majorly involved in chalk production (school chalk). Through school chalk production is to sustain-ably increase household incomes of both the jobless youth group members and non-group members. The non-group members benefit from the chalk production project through wages earned from jointly working alongside with the group members.  The income earned has enabled group members to afford school fees for their children since most of them are young mothers and fathers.

2. Seed Cooking Oil Production: The Association has plans starting cooking oil production from cotton seeds.  The cotton seed raw materials are in abundance in Kasese District.

Challenges include: the volatile price and costs of chalk in schools. Lack of capital to meet the high demand of chalk from the Kasese Schools.  Also, the rental costs for the production space is high.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Applying volunteers can support this group on any of these ongoing activities:
  2. Increasing the school chalk production capacity and helping the group with marketing skills.
  3. Support the association in starting an Oil production project branding and marketing.
  4. Training the youth in business management skills’ 

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 Rukoki Integrated Youth Association 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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