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Ramsar Small Grants Fund accepting proposals from NGOs

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is accepting proposals for its Small Grants Program aimed at assisting developing countries and those economies in transition to implement the Convention and to support the conservation and wise use of wetland resources, with a strong human and social dimension.

Funds may also be used to provide emergency management assistance for Ramsar Sites under threat and to provide ‘preparatory assistance’ to allow non-Contracting Parties to progress toward accession when such needs arise.

Projects may be proposed and implemented by any agency, NGO, or individual, but proposals MUST be endorsed and monitored by the Administrative Authority (the Ramsar implementing agency) in the Party’s government. Each year a rigorous evaluation procedure is carried out by the Ramsar Secretariat to assess the project proposals according to the strength of the project design, their relevance to the Convention’s objectives, and the capacity of the proponents to complete the project successfully.

Interestingly, the Ramsar Convention’s Secretariat has regional teams that provide advice to help applicants develop suitable proposals. If your organization requires this kind of assistance, you need to send the draft proposal to the Senior Regional Advisors by 30 April 2011.

The deadline for applications in their final form for the next round is 30 June 2011. For more information, visit this link.


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  1. Anthony Adenu-Mensah says:

    Takoradi is the capital city of the Western Region of Ghana. There has been a recent upsurge in the quest for human settlement due to the discovery and actual production of oil of commercial quantities in the region. The result is that many entrepreneurs are now responding to the need for housing in the city, building new houses and all. But it is indiscrimnate: all he wetlands in the city are being sold up and permanently being destroyed for human settlement.

    Is there a way anyone can offer ideas as to how to reclaim these lands which are in the hands of individuals. They are being sold. Can an agency help us buy off some of these lands and preserve for mother nature’s sake? Where can I appeal to?

  2. Moses Atia says:

    PROGRAMME FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SUSTENANCE(PESS)is a registered community based NGO in Ghana in the Sene District of Brong Ahafo Region.The District is predominantly subsistance farming and fishing communities.There is a very high rate of poverty and illiteracy rate.
    the District is amoung the five(5) most deprive Districts in terms of infastructure in the country.It is for these reasons among others that PESS seeks to partiner with other development partners to help reduce/eradicate.

  3. Richard N !Gaoseb says:

    Dear Si/Madam
    I am emplyed by Ministr of Health in Namibia, working with people with disabilities to integrate them in existing mainstream of opportunities. Currently we have established the mushroom project for the people with disabilities. Currrently we are looking external funding to put the project in the position of susutainability. This will enable them to be self reliant. In what area are you funding and what is your funding criteria and maximun amount?

    Regards
    Mr. Richard !Gaoseb

  4. Anand Sharma says:

    Dear ,

    Warm Welcome to Rajathan Vikas Samiti.

    Rajathan Vikas Samiti is an non profitable registered NGO under Rajasthan Society Registration Act 1958. RVS was founded in response to the poor socio-economic status of rural communities in Rajasthan. These communities have barely benefited from government aid and development programmes. Actually aware of the miserable conditions, a group of social workers from the Ajmer and surrounding districts of Rajasthan decided to establish RVS and dedicate their work to social and environmental justice issues through local self-help initiatives. The name of the organization, ” Rajathan Vikas Samiti “, is translated as: an association dedicated to public awareness and self-development through cooperative efforts. RVS has grown in response to enthusiastic public acceptance of the value of its work.
    The work of RVS is spread over the entire Ajmer, Nagour, Tonk, Jhalawar, Bundi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur and Dousa Districts of Rajasthan. RVS has determined to organize the local community for their better livelihood and working for the development and protection of society. RVS is working in the field of Integrated Rural Development, promotion of Traditional Health System and Involvement and Advocacy for the social issues having a definite bearing of the life of people.

    We are working under below programmes for a decad:

    1) Aids Programme
    2) Education Tour
    3) Micro Finance
    4) Rural Handicraft & Enterprenuership Development Training Programme
    5) Rural Employment Programme
    6) Solar Energy Conservation
    7) National Environment Awareness Programme
    8) Students Skill development Programme
    9) Women & child development
    10) Health & education intervantions
    11) Water Harvesting & Natural Resource Management etc.

    Target – To reduce poverty and increase the education in rural areas.

    Area coverage – Eight districts of Rajasthan State.

    Contact Us

    Head Office: -

    Anand Sharma , Director

    Kashyap Compund, Near Radhe shree Garden , Vaishalinagar, Ajmer, Rajasthan (INDIA)

    World of life is related to you think promise and work together with us to serve better.

  5. Mrs. Naheed Akhtar says:

    Naheed welfare Foundation is a registered Foundation with social welfare department mardan established in 2000 is an independent, democratic and non profit foundation having a ten bed hospital in a commodious building which is the National resource base led by an educated, skilled and trained social worker Mrs., Naheed Akhtar. It works for the rehabilitation of physically disabled in particular but NWF has a vast field of services. It emerged with efforts of local women, parents of the disabled parsons in Mardan with main focus on Elimination of disabilities among women and children. NWF takes part in women empowerment activities, Naheed Welfare Foundation (NWF) is also enhancing technical skill, primary health care, reproductive health , child right, community awareness, capacity building support to the poor girls, widows, divorced, destitute and marginalized people. It actively takes part to help the people in plunder, earth quack, flood calamity or any other crisis. NWF has a close collaboration and attached network to local NGOs, CBOs.

    NWF has a residential area for indoor disabled patients and cruelly suffered women. To run the organization effectively it depends on membership fee, local donation and patients’ nominal charge which does not cover the expenses of the organization. Grant and training opportunity if provided will enable the organization to serve the humanity in a cordial manner. We would like to request for financial assistance which can help us in running the activities.

    You’re sincerely

    Mrs. Naheed Akhtar
    President of (Naheed Welfare Foundation N.W.F )
    Gulshan colony mosam korona Par hoti Mardan
    /Province Khyber pakhtoon khwa/ Pakistan.

  6. FRIENDS OF EDUCATION CENTRE says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    First receive regards and best wishes for all that you are doing for the disadvantaged people of the world.

    Friends of Education Centre is a registered NGO operating in Kenya
    with the main goal of supporting needy, orphaned and vulnerable bright children to access education by offering scholarships to them.

    This organization started as a small group of educationists who were moving round the country motivating and advising children in primary schools on academic performance in national examinations.
    It is during our later visits to different parts of the country that we realized that, despite the good performance of most of the bright children in national examinations,
    there was a big challenge for most of them could not
    access secondary school education due to poverty level or lack of
    support from relatives because most of them came from
    either very poor backgrounds or were orphaned.

    This organization was then registered to help in addressing this need and save the innocent lives of the young ones.

    The organization therefore wishes to apply for some monetary support from your organization so that it can facilitate the scholarships of these needy children.
    To carry forward our ambitious projects, we request you to help us financially.

    Your support is welcome and it will be highly appreciated.
    Thank you for considering our letter and giving your precious time.

    Yours Faithfully,

    Howard Ogova,
    Secretary,

    Friends of Education Centre

  7. kintu tadeo says:

    PROJECT PROPOSAL
    FOR THE PERIOD (2010-2013)

    PREPARED
    BY

    NAME : KINTU TADEO NAME : MUKIIBI GODFREY

    TABLE OF CONTENT
    TABLE OF CONTENT i

    CHAPTER ONE 1
    1.1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1
    1.1.1 Organization location, 1
    1.1.2 Management plan 2
    1.1.3 Sources of funding 2
    1.1.4 Future plans 2
    1.1.5 Financial Plan 2
    1.2 Operations in the first year 3
    1.3 VISION. 3
    1.4 MISSION 3
    1.5 STRATEGIC GOALS 3
    1.6 OBJECTIVES 4

    CHAPTER TWO 5
    2.1 FIELD PARTICIPANTS 5
    2.2 FUTURE ANTICIPATION 5
    2.3 IMPLICATIONS 6
    2.4.1 STRENGTH 6
    2.4.2 WEAKNESS 7
    2.4.3 OPPORTUNITIES 7
    2.4.4 THREATS 8
    2.5 STRATEGIES 8

    CHAPTER THREE 9
    3.1 Organization Overview 9
    3.2 Founder members 10
    3.3 BACKGROUND 10
    3.4 HEADQUARTERS 11
    3.4.1 Reasons for locating the main service centre (headquarters) in Uganda 12
    3.5 Legal status: 12

    CHAPTER FOUR 13
    4.1 Background Information/Statement of the Problem 13
    4.2 BENEFICIARIES 14
    4.3 SERVICE PLAN 14
    4.3.1 Methods 14
    4.3.2 Evaluation Plan 15

    CHAPTER FIVE 17
    5.1 Staff/Administration 17
    5.1.1 Organization Structure 17
    5.2 TIME LINE (First Year) 19
    5.3 Financial Plan 19
    5.4 Sources of Finances 20
    5.5 Nature of beneficiaries 20
    5.6 Methods of funding the beneficiaries. 21

    CHAPTER SIX 22
    6.1 Phase 2-Capacity Building 22
    6.2 Budget 23
    6.3 Available Resources 26
    6.4 Facilities 26

    6.5 APPENDIX A – Resume of Kintu tadeo (Director Finance) 28
    6.6 APPENDIX B: Resume of Mukiibi Godfrey (Director Operations) 31
    6.7 APPENDIX C Personal Perspective from the director finance………………34
    CHAPTER ONE

    1.1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    Hopeline Trust fund International is a non government, non profit making organization, committed to improving the standards of living of the less privileged persons (widows, orphans,and people with disabilities) in developing countries by fundraising across the world through charitable arrangements.
    The incorporation process will commence as soon organization has secured the required funds.
    The initiative was started by two people Kintu Tadeo and Mukiibi Godfrey in 2005 with an aim to establish a fund aimed at supporting the vulnerable persons in categories of widows,orphans and people with disabilities especially in rural areas and several small projects were established at local level

    From research and through experience “We discovered a lot of untold suffering and experiences in various aspects of human life of the less privileged people (Orphans, widows, persons with disabilities (orphans, widows and people with disabilities) are experiencing. Major challenges facing these people in the developing world including; poverty, parasitic diseases, malnutrition, increased number of school dropouts, and risks associated with HIV/AIDS like child prostitution. Major problems are faced by these people in the rural areas of many countries of increasing challenges all attributed to the increasing levels of poverty, Orphan Children dying from common illness and infections that are attributable to poor nutrition.
    The disabled are vulnerable because they often cannot work effectively and must survive on goodwill. They may be socially isolated. In most districts, disabled women are said to be able to marry in order to survive, while men are precluded from doing so. However, in many areas, disabled women are stigmatized and could not marry; therefore they can not access productive assets. For example when you look at kampala you find that there are many disabled persons who are begging on the streets for money and food which in most cases is not available. You may find that many of them even have got families that need their support.
    Hopeline is aiming at supporting such people through working hand in hand with the corporate companies and individuals to support the creation of a FUND. This fund will be used to support the orphans ,widows and the people with disabilities financially while they are in their homes.

    1.1.1 Organization location,
    The head office of the organization shall be located in Kampala Uganda. More centers will also be established in different parts of the country and finally across all other developing countries

    1.1.2 Management plan
    Hopeline will operate with 5 full time staff members. In addition, a Governing Board made up of Directors, Authorized bank staff and the legal committee will operate to provide overall sanctioning of the organizations operation. Periodic evaluations and audits will be conducted to monitor the performance of the organization.

    1.1.3 Sources of funding

    The trust fund will acquire funds from; Organizations like, Banks, Oil companies, Communication bodies, Multinational food and Beverage companies, Steel products manufacturing companies, Automotive and auto dealing companies, Individual well wishers, Donors , Churches, Charitable arrangements that will be organized by the founders of the fund and these will be made across the world., Donations from governments , and Profits from organization established projects.

    1.1.4 Future plans
    Establishment of income generating projects especially agro based and small medium enterprises that will generate funds for effective and timely operations of the organization.
    Establishment of education schemes for orphans and children of the disabled to access free education.
    In addition vocational training centers for skill development and agro based demonstration centers such that widows are accessing practical vital skills .The organization will use the resources from the fund for supporting this arrangement.

    1.1.5 Financial Plan

    It follows that the failure to plan for the finances of any organization is its downfall. Hopeline trust fund international therefore has set up a financial plan to enhance efficiency and proper allocation of funds. This will include among others;

    Cash flow statements
    Financial statements for specified periods
    Project Evaluations, verifications and monitoring system
    Key performance Indicators in terms of Project returns
    Reports of Non compliance to set guidelines and Corrective as well as preventive actions

    1.2 Operations in the first year
    Month One, Acquiring of offices, purchasing office equipments and registration of Organization.
    Month Two, Interviewing of candidates for staff positions and Finalizing location of Main Service Center.
    Month Three, Selection/hiring of staff members and Registration of Beneficiaries begins
    Month Four, Projects monitoring, Collection of baseline data on registered beneficiaries and training of organization ambassadors
    Month five, Conducting of regular formative evaluation and summative evaluation.

    1.3 VISION.
    Improving the standards of living for the less privileged people and ensuring their economic empowerment in their communities.

    1.4 MISSION
    Establishment of a financial network between the financially able individuals plus agencies and the less privileged people in societies through financial and economic empowerment to ensure access to basic needs.

    1.5 STRATEGIC GOALS
    Promotion of the trust fund in the developing countries worldwide through opening up many service centers in different parts of world for easy service access by the less privileged beneficiaries.

    Establishing high level of honesty and transparency through development of a well elaborated resource budget and work plan that highlights the various expenditures, the budget and work plan will be accessible by the funding agencies on Organization website.
    This will highlight the utilization of various resources donated hence development of confidence by funding agencies in the managing committee of the trust fund.

    Extensive research and consultations on the projects prior to the funding for proper allocation of resources.
    Project evaluations aimed at assessing the feasibility in terms of funds availability and the technical knowledge.
    Ensuring proper management of the projects and minimum cost with effective performance.
    The various projects that will be highly prioritized include; Modern farming practices, Home based small medium enterprises and service delivery in health and education sectors.

    1.6 OBJECTIVES
    There are two major goals for HOPELINE TRUST FUND INTERNATIONAL, Project and specific objectives within each of the goals.

    Goal #1 – To offer financial and material support.

    Objective #1.1 – To provide the registered widows and people with disabilities with financial and material support while in their localities.
    Objective #1.2 – To assist the registered widows and people with disabilities especially in low income areas access free medical and education services for their children..
    Objective #1.3 – To carry out extensive fundraising through charity arrangements to different countries especially the developed world.
    Objective #1.4 – To establish service centers in different countries especially in developing countries for easy access of services.

    Goal #2 – To acquire effective knowledge and skills for development.

    Objective #2.1 – To enable the registered widows and orphans acquire training at various levels in vocational institutes to enable establishment of home based self sustaining projects in their localities.
    Objective #2.2 – Through the fund different service centers will be established like vocational institutes, health centers in rural areas aimed at offering the services to the communities.
    Objective #2.3 – Through the fund the organization will establish demonstration centers in different projects to enable the widows and people with disabilities acquire skills to establish such projects in their homes.

    Goal #3 –Increased awareness through creation of effective communication means communication.

    Extensive sensitization of the public especially the rural people about the fund through recruitment of ambassadors in the different countries. Also the linking of these groups of people to the privileged as a way of sharing experience and working out solutions to their challenges through RURAL AREAS conducted seminars. .

    CHAPTER TWO

    2.1 FIELD PARTICIPANTS
    Many organizations have accepted the responsibility for caring for less privileged groups but this responsibility was generally believed to apply only within the boundaries of their gazzeted orphanage homes , HOPELINE, will put more emphasis on identifying the possible caretakers (relatives ) who can offer support for the child. Among participants include the following; UWESO, Save orphans Uganda, Buganda Trust fund, and world vision

    2.2 FUTURE ANTICIPATION
    Research has that due to global warming the impacts like natural disasters around the globe are expected to affect the people around the world resulting in massive deaths.
    Therefore this calls for world governments to consider supporting the trust funds worldwide such that the affected people (less privileged) should be assisted. .

    The world is undergoing a great deal of changes attached to both natural and advanced calamities, this has resulted in too many people becoming homeless, widows, orphans and others with severe disabilities.

    Some of the major natural disaster that has caused the loss of hope for the affected people includes;

    Floods worldwide for example Indonesia, Argentina, and Haiti.

    Landslides in Bududa-Uganda, Indonesia

    Tsunami

    Earthquakes

    Diseases and Sickness

    These in addition to the Man made causes like severe wars especially in Africa, technological and environmental changes.

    Accidents resulting from transport means and other human errors.
    One social problem with tragic implications for Uganda’s future is the children–more than 1.5 million of them, almost 10 percent of the population are orphans. By 1990 the number of orphans alone was estimated at more than half a million. No reliable figures were available for AIDS orphans, but recent study predicts that their number would grow over the next twenty years.

    2.3 IMPLICATIONS
    - Increased crime rate:
    When the living standard between the privileged and the less privileged is wide you find that such a society can not attain the peace and security of the citizens because so many less privileged persons will resort to crime related activities as away of attaining better standards of living.

    - Increase in terrorism activities:
    This is because so many people will loose confidence in their governments hence submitting to terrorists. A poor community is easier to be manipulated by the terrorists for doing their dirty work.

    - Economy
    The global economy is likely to go low due to the fact that the less privileged who in most cases are the majority will not be able to purchase the “expensive” basic goods therefore the consumption power for the manufactured goods and services will also go down resulting in low revenue by the governments.

    - Increased poverty and diseases

    - Child prostitution especially in rural areas

    - Increased levels of moral degredation especially among the youth.

    2.4 SWOT ANALYSIS

    2.4.1 STRENGTH

    The government of Uganda has shown interest in helping the less privileged people through having a ministry of Relief and Disaster Preparedness and the ministry for Disabilities, this indicates total commitment by the government to assist the less privileged people.

    Poverty eradication is a fundamental objective of Uganda’s development strategy for the next two decades, in which the Government has resolved to reduce the proportion of the population living in absolute poverty to 10% and in relative poverty to 30% by the Year 2017.

    This is also evidenced in the government’s commitment in aiding the affected people in Bududa in eastern Uganda and also financial and moral support to the flood affected people in many parts of the world.

    Present financial support towards the fund by fellow Ugandans who have a positive and willing spirit to contribute tirelessly to this noble cause to ensure that the trust fund the first of its kind in Great lakes region really succeeds.

    The Young, talented and committed individuals Kintu Tadeo and Mukiibi Godfrey who are extremely already working tirelessly at all cost to see that the whole idea is really perceived well and achieving a positive response from the concerned parties for the future of the vulnerable persons allover the third world countries.

    The extensive research that the founders Kintu Tadeo and Mukiibi Godfrey have carried out for a period of five years about this philanthropic trust fund that has highlighted the actual problems that these people are facing and also identified the various ways they can be assisted.

    Being live examples of the less privileged people, Kintu Tadeo and Mukiibi Godfrey are in better position to relate all the activities as far as the trust fund is concerned for effective and efficient operations of the fund. The founders are qualified personnel in business and technical fields with required knowledge and skills to manage the trust fund resources.

    2.4.2 WEAKNESS

    The fact that it is a new initiative it will cost a lot of resources to create the global awareness, the resources to be used in the preliminary stages are readily available .These funds are required for registration, renting of offices from where to begin the operations, communication and transport.

    The fact that it started from a third world country (Uganda) yet it is a global strategy it will cost the initiators too much time traveling around the world to sensitize the masses and also to solicit for the funds.

    2.4.3 OPPORTUNITIES

    The fact that there are many Ugandans who are willing to assist and donate funds for this noble cause in order to support the vulnerable persons, although it is a global network but the foundation has to be made solid here in Uganda to assist in the opening phases of the organization

    The fact of developing of the organization website that will enhance communication with the funding agencies. It will also enable the funding agencies to be monitoring the operations of the trust fund

    The high literacy levels especially in the developed world who we expect to be the major donors for the fund. we expect them to perceive the idea much more easily and hence the optimum result.

    2.4.4 THREATS

    Opposition from governments of some countries who may not be willing to take up this great idea.

    Empty promises by some agencies and individuals as this have already affected our programs in the past. This is expected to bring a divergence between the expected performance and the actual outcome of the initiative.

    2.5 STRATEGIES

    Most of the organizations helping the less privileged are located in specific countries with no access centers in other countries. The aim of the organization is to act as a link between the funding organizations and the vulnerable.

    Most of the funding organizations are located in first world countries like the United States, European and the Middle East so the beneficiaries are in most cases not aware that the funds are available due to lack of publicity and communication.
    The aim here is to make sure that there is enough publicity through seminars and conferences to make sure that the fund reaches the targeted persons.

    Currently little or no emphasis has been put on economic empowerment so the beneficiaries will keep on waiting for the donor funds for survival.
    This will be handled through training of the beneficiaries to start more income generating projects in addition to the local ones available which are home based or in groups while using the resources that is available to them.

    CHAPTER THREE
    3.1 Organization Overview
    An international-based organization called “HOPELINE TRUST FUND INTERNATIONAL” will be established in many places in the developing countries, HOPELINE will be committed to improving the standards of living for less privileged persons ( orphans, widows and people with disability) in developing countries, especially those from the extremely low income rural areas. It is expected that through such funding there will be economic empowerment so these less privileged persons can access the basics in life.
    HOPELINE will utilize registered ambassadors to carry out the operations of the organization in different countries; they will be nationals of that country. Each ambassador will be expected to carry out the operations on behalf of the organization while abiding by the rules and regulations as stipulated in constitution of the organization.
    The trustees will identify beneficiaries in different parts of the country especially those from low income rural areas. This will be followed by assessment and evaluation for eligibility of the selected beneficiaries, those who qualify will be entered in the organization’s database system.
    The selected beneficiaries will be evaluated again to identify their needs, the budget will be drafted and presented to the governing board for approval.
    The budgeted amount of funds is then withdrawn from the account of the trust fund and used to finance the various projects. The purchasing and payment evidence documents like proforma, receipts, and invoices delivery notes will be kept for record purposes and accountability.
    For proficiency in work and effectiveness of the organization’s operations only qualified personnel with appropriate knowledge and experience in operation of such an organization will be hired, and subjected to a 2 week training program before beginning their work. This training program will provide basic rules and regulations and the code of conduct that is expected of the staff of the organization in a bid to ensure transparency and maximum out put.
    Workers who demonstrate proficiency during the initial training program will be given an advanced training program for 2 more weeks to learn effective project evaluation, monitoring and mentoring.
    HOPELINE will operate with 5 full time staff members. In addition, a Governing Board made up of DIRECTORS, AUTHORISED BANK staff and the LEGAL COMMITEE will operate to provide overall sanctioning of the organizations operation. Periodic evaluations and audits will be conducted to monitor the performance of the organization.

    3.2 Founder members

    The founders are Kintu Thadius and Mukiibi Godfrey, the two are Ugandan citizens.

    Founder name Current input Time commitment
    Kintu Tadeo US $ 1950 80%
    Mukiibi Godfrey US $ 2300 65%

    3.3 BACKGROUND
    This initiative started way backing 2005 with small projects aimed at mainly job creation for widows and supporting of rural orphans, the projects includes; poultry farming and organic farming.

    Mr. Kintu Tadeo.
    A born of Mr. Kintu Simeo and Nakalema Teddy in 1982. I was born in kitemuzi that is Buyaga county Kibale district. A Munyoro by tribe and a Ugandan by nationality.
    Educational Background
    Kintu tadeo studied at Matale primary school from primary three to primary seven having missed nursery to primary two due to severe fever that resulted in polio causing virus and for this matter I became crippled.

    From 1998 I joined Sir Apollo Kagwa senior secondary Mukono in 2002, unfortunately in 2003 I lost my mother and in the following year I lost my father due to cancer .This hindered my education because there was no money to support me in school.
    However in 2005 I resumed my education thanks to a good Samaritan who assisted me financially, I successfully completed my A level in 2006 after which I joined Kyambogo University for a bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance a three year’s course on government scholarship after excelling in A level. I completed it in 2010.

    Mukiibi Godfrey

    Iam a son of Kiwanuka Samuel Benjamin and Nabawanuka Justine born on February 22 1980. Iwas born in kasangati Nangabo sub county Wakiso district. Iam a Muganda by tribe and Ugandan by nationality.
    Educational background.
    I went to school at wampeewo primary school, then wampeewo ntake senior secondary for O level, then the Nile College for the A level in 1998 and 2001 respectively.
    In 2002 I joined Kyambogo University for a diploma of Science Technology in Chemistry, which I completed in 2004.
    In 2004 up to 2005 I was employed in roofings limited as a Chemist, I then joined Uganda baati limited as the Head of Quality Control division from 2005 to 2010.
    In 2007 I was admitted to Kyambogo University on government scholarship for a bachelor of Science Technology Chemistry a course which I completed in 2009.

    Together we started rural based income generating projects while working hand in hand with the rural less privileged groups in areas of mukono, and wakiso and these projects includes; poultry and pig farming in luteete village, this targets the widows. organic farming of crops like, water melon and vegetables in mukono, for the orphan youth and widows and cassava plantations in kiwenda widows.

    These projects are aimed at demonstrating modern farming practices to the rural people, and in all these projects we are working with them especially widows such that the expenditure is minimized in terms of labor costs and at the end of the day skills are attained on how similar projects can be established in their homes.

    These initiatives have been going on for the last five years and through all this time we have been able to discover several ways through which we can support the rural people especially the less privileged not only in Uganda but also in other developing countries Currently we are supporting twenty children five of whom are in secondary schools while the fifteen in primary level this has been so challenging due to inadequacy of funds..

    3.4 HEADQUARTERS

    The main service centers(headquarter) for the trust fund shall be located in Kampala Uganda but several service centers shall be established in different parts of developing countries for easy service access by the beneficiaries.

    3.4.1 Reasons for locating the main service centre (headquarters) in Uganda

    Both the initiators of the fund that is Kintu Tadeo and Mukiibi Godfrey are born citizens of Uganda.

    The establishment phase of the organization, limited resources are available for possible headquarter location outside Uganda.

    The positive attitude toward by the government of Uganda and partner states of East African community to support the less privilege persons is a bench mark in this initiative. The commitment of Ugandans including companies in the country to support initiatives aimed at improving lives of the less privileged people. This will give us a strong foundation to continue with the project with limited hardships in the opening phases.

    3.5 Legal status:
    Hopeline trust fund international is the legal proposed name for the organization which shall be incorporated as soon as the funds have been acquired that is Dec 2010. The organization acquires all the necessary legal advice and services from Universal advocates

    CHAPTER FOUR

    4.1 Background Information/Statement of the Problem

    Major challenges facing the less privileged people i.e. orphans, widows, homeless and the people with disabilities in the developing world including; poverty, parasitic diseases, malnutrition, increased number of school dropouts, and risks associated with HIV/AIDS due to child prostitution. Major problem exists in the rural areas of many countries of increasing challenges all attributed to the increasing levels of poverty, Orphan children dying from common illness and infections that are attrbutable to poor nutrition.

    The disabled are vulnerable because they often cannot work effectively and must survive on goodwill. They may be socially isolated. In most districts, disabled women were said to be able to marry in order to survive, while men were precluded from doing so. However, in many areas, disabled women are stigmatized and could not marry, therefore they could not access productive assets.

    The reliance of the disabled on social networks emphasizes the importance of designing interventions that build on existing social capital, and linking these to other avenues for development.
    Those who have chronic illnesses are vulnerable because they are unable to work. Household resources dwindle as they are used to hire labor and/or to cover medical expenses, at times leading to increased poverty. Such households often rely on the assistance of others. In the cases of those with HIV/AIDS in more isolated communities, they were “isolated by the community hence lacking any form of support

    Victims of drought, earthquakes, floods, landslides and other natural calamities are another category of those who are vulnerable to poverty. Those affected remain poor, or become even poorer after the disaster has passed. In Bududa, for example, many people are forced to abandon their homes due to landslides. On the other hand, recent floods in teso sub region have resulted in serious disruptions in the livelihoods of both pastoralists and agriculturists. Although sometimes the resources may be available in rural areas, it is apparent that people lack knowledge and the financial support to establish self sustaining home based projects. The most significant aspect required to improve the standards of living of the rural poor people is education and economic support which HOPELINE TRUST FUND INTERNATIONAL has come to offer.
    Research has shown that initiatives by the rural people at homestead levels aimed at generation of income are the strategy to be used to fight the poverty in vulnerable persons of rural areas. The orphan children offered education and widows or orphan school dropouts empowered through training in vocational work and management of agro based projects (modern farming practices) is the core objective of HOPELINE trust fund in addition to offering these vulnerable persons with affordable health care.

    4.2 BENEFICIARIES
    There are three different beneficiaries groups for this project.
    The first, and primary, beneficiaries are the orphaned young children and widows who live in extremely low income rural areas. This group is represented in the organization objectives for Goal #1.

    The second group is the people with disabilities and the widows with the potential to work. This group is mostly represented in the project objectives for Goal #2.

    The third group is the victims of natural disasters for example earthquake, floods, and storms. This group is catered for in Goal #1, 1.4.

    All the groups are important and essential components of the organization. It is expected that significant skill development and economic empowerment will take place for all the groups.

    4.3 SERVICE PLAN

    4.3.1 Methods
    The primary methods for achieving the goals and objectives of the organization will be:
    - the creation of a Service Center in different locations that will become a focal point for providing information and from where all the operations of the organization will be conducted.

    - The development of a registration program of the beneficiaries mostly in the rural areas into the organization’s database for easy facilitation and project management skill acquisition.

    -Establishment of several channels of resources generation aimed at funding the operations of the organization.

    - Documentation/Dissemination Plan will be developed by staff to guarantee the systematic collection of information about the operation of the organization and provide the basis for sharing information with other similar projects.

    4.3.2 Evaluation Plan

    Project evaluation will be the responsibility of the Project Evaluator and consist of two different evaluative strategies – formative and summative.

    Formative Evaluation – Primarily qualitative in nature, the formative evaluation will be conducted through interviews and open-ended questionnaires. The beneficiaries will be asked about the day-to-day operation of their projects. The knowledge and skills will be given in project management by practical approach at the demonstration centers training program.
    .
    The Project Evaluator will meet regularly with organization staff to share findings from the formative evaluation effort. Periodic reports will be prepared that identify the major findings of the formative evaluation and the possible initiatives to improve Projects operation by the beneficiaries.

    Summative Evaluation – Primarily quantitative in nature, the summative evaluation will begin with the establishment of a comprehensive database in the initial stages of the operations of organization (The continuous registration of the possible beneficiaries followed by the assessment and evaluation to determine the nature of support to be given to different categories of these beneficiaries. Data for the summative evaluation will focus on the two primary goals of the project and the objectives of each.

    Goal #1
    - Budgeting of the available resources for efficient funding of the operation of the organization.
    - Draft of the work plan to establish the possible sources of the funds to manage the activities of the organization.

    -Records of the funding agencies both national and international to enable proper planning and monitoring of the activities the organization is involved.

    Goal #2
    - Records of number of approved beneficiaries and their basic requirements.

    - Documentation of number of development projects handled and the expected returns in terms of profits and the benefits to the members

    - Comparative analysis of performance of the organization with the expected output on a quarterly basis.

    A yearly report will be issued that presents the formative and summative findings.

    CHAPTER FIVE

    5.1 Staff/Administration

    5.1.1 Organization Structure

    There are several initiatives that are aimed at making sure that there is minimum expenditures on setting up offices and payments of the officers to avoid the diversion of the funds meant for the less privilege organizations activities.
    Therefore the staff is going to be strictly limited for the time being until when the operations of the organization have expanded.

    The proposed structure is going to be as shown below;
    The Project will employ five full-time staffs.

    Organization Director – Responsible for hiring staff, overseeing projects development and operation, establishing and maintaining links with local government agencies, and budget. The Directors in charge of financial planning will be Kintu Tadeo and the Director in charge of Technical Operations will be Mukiibi Godfrey (Developers of this proposal).
    Coordinator – Responsible for hiring and identification of training needs. Training evaluation, establishing the community Center, developing working relationships with formal and informal community leaders, establishing links to community organizations, and scheduling of Center programs.
    Project Evaluator – Responsible for collecting entry level data regarding beneficiaries family and background information and conducting periodic assessment of changes in their specific challenges and needs, comprehension, and application of that information. Also responsible for developing and implementing a system for periodic formative evaluation of rural home based projects of the beneficiaries.
    Office Assistant – Responsible for maintaining the structure and appearance of the Center, routine correspondence, and other forms of communication with beneficiaries in the community
    Governing Board – A 5 member Board made up of both directors of the organization, Legal committee and Authorized bank staff. Responsible for sanctioning the operation of the organization, and serving as a viable link to the community.

    The governing and policy making decisions of the organization will be made by the directors. The directors will supervise all the operations of the organization. The organization is divided into two divisions
    ,
    Financial department
    This is responsible for carrying out all the responsibilities concerning the management of the available resources in terms of incoming and outgoing funds.

    Operations Department
    This division will be responsible for the evaluation and monitoring of the projects set up by the less privileged groups.

    ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE

    Proposed budgeting

    Phase 1: Activities involved

    - Acquiring head offices of the organization

    - Acquiring office equipments

    - Registration of the beneficiaries countrywide

    - Sensitization of the masses especially the beneficiaries about the trust fund through;

    -Opening up of the trustee fund official website
    -Documentation and publications like magazines, brochures and articles in news papers about the fund.

    -Arranging for talk shows on Television and radio stations so as to enable the beneficiaries and funding organizations clearly be aware of the programs and objectives of the fund.

    Transport and communication
    Mobilization of the masses for charity walks as a strategy of launching and creating public awareness of the trustee fund.

    5.2 TIME LINE (First Year)
    Month One
    Acquiring of offices
    Purchasing office Equipments
    Registration of Organization
    Month Two
    Interviewing of candidates for staff positions
    Finalizing location of Main Service Center
    Month Three
    Selection/hiring of Project staff members.
    Registration of Beneficiaries begins
    Month Four – Six
    Projects Establishment phase (monitoring and evaluation)
    Collection of baseline data on registered beneficiaries
    Recruitment/selection/training of organization ambassadors
    Month Seven – Twelve
    Conducting of regular formative evaluation
    Final summative evaluation at end of twelfth month

    5.3 Financial Plan

    It follows that the failure to plan for the finances of any organization is its downfall. Hopeline trust fund international therefore has set up a financial plan to enhance efficiency and proper allocation of funds. This will include among others;

    Cash Inflow statements
    Cash Outflow statements
    Financial statements for specified periods
    Project Evaluations and verifications and monitoring system
    Key performance Indicators in terms of Project returns
    Reports of Non compliance to set guidelines and Corrective as well as preventive actions

    5.4 Sources of Finances

    The trust fund will acquire funds from;

    Organizations like,

    Oil companies

    Banks,

    Communication bodies.

    Multinational food and Beverage companies.

    Steel products manufacturing companies

    Automotive and auto dealing companies.

    Individuals well wishers

    Donors

    Churches

    Charitable arrangements that will be organized by the founders of the fund and these will be made across the world.

    Donations from governments

    Profits from trust fund, profit oriented projects

    5.5 Nature of beneficiaries

    The less privileged groups in the following categories especially in developing countries, these include;

    Widows
    Orphans
    Homeless
    Persons with disabilities

    5.6 Methods of funding the beneficiaries.

    Through direct funding of various projects initiated by the less privileged groups in their localities.

    Through establishment of education schemes with different education institutions to enable the less privileged people like the orphans and the persons with disabilities to access FREE education.

    Through establishment of health schemes with health institutions to enable the less privileged people like the orphans and people with disabilities to access free health services.

    Capacity building through establishment of income generating projects in areas of agriculture and other areas aimed at financially strengthening the fund.

    CHAPTER SIX

    6.1 Phase 2-CAPACITY BUILDING

    This is the most important phase in the development of the organization and the activities involved are aimed at steering the organization through the crucial stage to ensure continuous funding of the operations and beneficiaries.
    This stage requires the founders to co-operate with the organizations involved in the same work worldwide.

    This stage involves the following;

    Fund mobilization: This stage is expected to be demanding in terms of the resources due to a large number of the expected beneficiaries, therefore the members of the organization are expected to approach different funding agencies , Donors, organizations and state departments of different countries.

    Establishment of education schemes as well as vocational training centers or skill development demonstration centers with some schools such that beneficiaries can access FREE education .The organization will be meeting the costs.

    Establishment of the health schemes with health care providing institutions such that beneficiaries can access free medical services and the organization will be meeting all the costs.

    The organization will start to acquire assets like purchasing land this will allow income generating projects establishment as a source of employment to especially the qualified beneficiaries or people who are in our line of work. The assets will be registered in the name of the TRUST FUND and not in the names of the founders.

    Establishment of affordable schools and health centers to provide services for these less privileged persons. These institutions will offer services to the financially able people, the funds generated will be used to manage the trust fund.

    Establishment of income generating projects especially agro based and small medium enterprises that will generate funds for operations of the organization.

    The members of the organization will travel different countries to fundraise for the operations and funding of the beneficiaries.

    Establishment of service centers in different parts of the world especially in the developing countries for easy access of the funds to the beneficiaries.

    6.2 BUDGET
    Year 1 – Establishment of operations office, Registration of organization, and registration of beneficiaries.
    Budget estimation :US $ 80,000 (176 Millions)
    ACTIVITY TIME FRAME AMOUNT UGSH(“000”)
    Public Awareness JAN-DEC 2011 2000
    Office Setup DEC 2010 7500
    Registration of Organization JAN 2011 2500
    Registration of beneficiaries MAY 2011 30,000
    Project Operations JUNE 2011 100,000
    Opening Ceremony DEC 2011 5000
    Administration allowances 2010-2011 35000
    TOTAL 2010-2011 175,500

    Year 2 & 3 – Operations, Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Fundraising and Centers Coordination.
    Operations
    Projects Monitoring and Evaluation
    Administration allowances
    Fundraising Drives

    Total amount for Year 2 and 3 =US $7000(154Millions)
    FINANCIAL PLAN FOR POULTRY PROJECT IN MUKONO

    Project overview

    This project is is scheduled to begin production in June next year 2011,and we expect to have three batches of sales in this first financial year.

    Reasons for choosing this project
    Short pay back period
    Easy to manage
    Provision for expansion is easy
    Availability of ready market
    High profit margin
    Room for skill development for local people.

    Project Benefits

    4 Through the profits accumulated in the first year of operations shall be used to increase the number of students we are supporting in school from twenty to seventy children. The number will be increased on an annual basis depending on the amount of funds in the organizations treasury.

    BUDGET FOR POULTRY PROJECT IN MUKONO DISTRICT
    PARTICULARS QTY
    (UNITS) AMOUNT
    PER UNIT(SHS) TOTAL AMOUNT TOTAL
    FIXED ASSETS
    Land 2Acres 4,500,000 9,000,000
    Construction 3 units 20,000,000
    Labour 2,000,000
    Feeders(starters) 171 pieces 2500 427500
    Feeders(finisher) 171 pieces 5000 855,000
    Drinkers 85 pieces 15000 1,275,000
    TOTAL 33,557,500
    STOCKING
    Stock 10,000 1,700 17,000,000 17,000,000
    OPERATING COSTS
    Husks 80bags 4000 320,000
    Accessories
    Parafin,pots,lumps charcoal 2,000,000

    Feeding
    Starters 1,6000kg 690 11,040,000
    Finishers 20,000kg 690 13,800,000
    Water 60jericans 150 3,78,000
    Vaccination 1,540,000
    TOTAL 29,078,000
    LABOUR
    Farm Supervisor 1 300,000/month 600,000
    Contract workers 2 14,00,000/month 280,000
    Transport &communication 62 days 2,000,000
    TOTAL 2,880,000

    GRAND TOTAL 82,515,500

    Profit forecast:
    In the first year we hope to operate at low profits because of the high fixed cost, however, in the following year of operation, we are expecting the profits to increase at 40% per annum. By the end of the three financial years, we hope to have made profit of at least 238,000,000
    Break even analysis:
    This studies the relationship between costs and revenues with respect to the volume and indicates the level at which the sales equal to costs (equilibrium).

    Operating fixed costs per year 34,057,500(shs)
    Average variable costs per year 146,874,000(shs)
    Average selling price per year 195,000,000(shs)

    At B.E.P (Q)FC/Contribution (units)

    34057500
    (195000000-146874000)

    34057500
    48126000

    = 0.71

    = 71%

    = 21300

    This indicates that below these units, the project will be at a risk of making losses while above it makes the firm earn profits.

    BREAK EVEN CHART.
    Profit, Revenue
    Costs Total Revenue

    Break even point Total costs

    138,450,000

    Fixed costs

    0 21300 Number of birds

    6.3 Available Resources
    One laptop-For office work.
    Locally managed projects – The organization with an aim of establishment of income generating projects to support the programmes founders started small projects managed by the beneficiaries. These includes, bakery, organic farming, poultry and piggery. .
    Professional manpower(30%)-The directors, office assistant.
    .
    6.4 Facilities
    The projects are in operation on local scale, at several locations where we have hired Land in areas of mukono and wakiso.and these includes;
    Bakery and confectionary in mukono now buikwe district this targets the youth, Poultry and pig farming in luteete village, this targets the women and youth. Organic farming of crops like, water melon and vegetables in mukono, for the youth, Cassava plantation in kiwenda for the farmers.

    PRO FORMA INCOME STATEMETS
    YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR3
    Turn over 195,000,000 249,000,000 249000000
    Cost of sales 46,078,000 50000000 50000000
    Gross profit 148,922,000 199000000 199000000
    Expences 2880000 2880000 2880000
    PBT 146,042,000 196120000 196120000
    Tax 0 0 0
    PAT 146,042,000 196120000 196120000

    PRO FORMA BALANCE SHEETS FOR THE YEARS ENDED
    YEAR1 YEAR 2 YEAR3
    Non current assets 34,057,500 32,354,625 30,736,894
    Current assets
    Inventory 51,000,000 68,000,000 68,000,000
    Receivables 20,000,000 24,900,000 24,900,000
    Cash in Hand/bank 294,531,000 408,397,375 410,015,106
    Total Assets
    Equity&Liability
    Capital 247,546,500 330,062,000 330,062,000

    Current Liability
    Accounts Payable 6,000,000 7,470,000 7,470,000
    PAT 146,042,000 196120000 196,120,000

    6.5 APPENDIX A – Resume of Kintu tadeo (Director Finance)

    KINTU TADEO

    BIO DATA
    Nationality: Uganda
    Sex: Male
    Marital status: Single
    Age: 26yrs
    Place of birth: Kibaale District
    Next of kin: Kintu Rose

    OBJECTIVE:
    Acquire relevant work experience and skills in the field of accounting and finance.

    EDUCATION BACKGROUND AND TRAINING:
    YEAR INSTITUTION AWARD
    2007-2010 Kyambogo University Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance
    2005-2006 St. Peters SS Nalya Uganda Advanced Certificate Of Education(UACE)
    2001-2004 Sir Appolo Kagwa Mukono Uganda Certificate of Education.(UCE)

    RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE:
    YEAR INSTITUTION POSITION HELD
    2008-2010 World Class Printers Sales officer
    SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
    Guild Chairperson Disability Community Kyambogo University.
    Assistant mobiliser Leo’s club Kyambogo University

    OTHER SKILLS:
    Computer Application, Ms Office, Internet, Quick book, Pastel, Tally.
    STRENGTH:
    A quick learner able to apply professional standards and achieve results with minimum supervision.
    Team player.
    Trustworthy and able to keep sensitive information with maximum confidentiality.

    HOBBIES
    I like reading novels and researching
    I like watching movies and foot ball
    I like touring and traveling to new areas.

    LANGUAGES SPOKEN
    Language Spoken Written
    English Good Good
    Rutooro Good Good
    Luganda Excellent Excellent

    REFEREES
    MADAM SENDAGIRE DOROTHY
    LECTURER
    KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

    MR. KINTU GRACE
    DIRECTOR
    STONE WORLD LEGAL AGENCIES

    MR. BYEKWASO GEORGE
    MANAGING DIRECTOR
    WORLD CLASS PRINTERS

    6.6 APPENDIX B: Resume of Mukiibi Godfrey (Director Operations)

    MUKIIBI GODFREY

    PERSONAL DATA

    Date of Birth: 22/February/1980 Nationality: Ugandan

    Place of Birth: Luteete Wakiso district Gender: Male

    Marital Status: Married Next of kin: Nakyeyune Josephine

    CAREER OBJECTIVES
    To enhance capacity of local Ugandan small scale manufacturers through acquisition of modern skills and knowledge vital in manufacturing processes for high productivity and improved quality of products and services to enable poverty eradication and job creation.

    EDUCATION
    2007-2009 Bachelor of Science Technology Chemistry Kyambogo University

    2002-2004 Diploma of Science Technology Chemistry Kyambogo University

    2000-200 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education The Nile College

    1995-1998 Uganda Certificate of Education Wampeewo senior school

    1988-1994 Primary Leaving Certificate Wampeewo primary School

    Further Training

    1st july-September2003: I attended training in Gorvenment chemist and analytical laboratories in analysis of toxins in food stuffs ,water and human organs
    Analysis of foods and Drugs for quality and forensic purposes.
    1st-30th august 2004: Trained with Fisheries Resources Research Institute where various analytical tests were carried out these included sample collection,analysis and result management
    25 September 2009: Trained in ISO 9001:2008 and 14001;2004 auditing by IRCA, United Kingdom
    17th-19th June 2009:Understanding and the implementation of ISO/IEC 17025;2005,general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories by Uganda National Bureau of Standards
    6th August 2007;Fire fighting skills enhancement in addition to several Kaizen Workshops.

    WORK EXPERIENCE
    October 2004 – October 2005: Chemist in Roofings Limited (steel products manufacturing company) (ISO 9001 2008,and 14001 2004) certified company.
    November 2005 –Present: Uganda Baati Limited (Steel roofing sheets galvanizing company) in the Department of Quality Control in the following areas.

    November2005-January 2007: Assistant Quality controller .

    .January 2007 – present: Quality Controller ,Head Quality Control Division.

    COMPUTER SKILLS
    - MS Word
    - MS Excel
    - Power point
    HOBBIES
    Traveling
    Watching Movies
    Listening to Music
    Reading Magazine&News papers

    LANGUAGES
    English(Fluent)
    Luganda (Fluent)
    Swahili (learner)
    REFEREE:

    Senoga David Kasolo Local Veterinary Officer wakiso, Mukono

    2. Kamwine Bless Imports manager Uganda baati Limited

    3. Akirana John Baptist Production and Maintenance Manager Uganda baati

    6.7 APPENDIX C –
    PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE FROM THE DIRECTOR FINANCE

    For the past 12 years I have had a strong concern for the poor health and standards of living for the less privileged people especially in the developing countries . These are the situations in which I was born and raised. Through my studies at the primary, secondary, university and my personal experience I have come to realize that these people are living in very poor conditions coupled with discrimination and lack of basic requirements ,but again I have come to learn that it is possible to alleviate these problems through well designed and meaningfully focused economic empowerment and skill development programs.
    The challenge to the creation and operation of these programs, however, is twofold;. First, there does not exist enough resources to establish the development projects at rural level to be used as demonstration centers aimed at developing skills for the less privileged people to establish home based projects in different locations. And second, there does not exist a group of committed trained facilitators with knowledge and skills to establish the skill development centers in a timely and meaningful manner.
    Research suggests that the most powerful way to affect the health and improve the welfare of less privileged groups is through skill development aimed at various project set up at local levels especially in areas of agriculture, coupled with ensuring education for the young ones .Hopeline Trust Fund International will focus on projects that allows skill development for economic empowerment .Education of the young ones through formal education and vocational training in relevant areas, establishment of local based health centers to offer cheap health services to the less privileged people. And, all these will occur in a local community location, close to where these people are living.
    Kintu Tadeo

  8. Kwame Laud says:

    Thanks very much for this call we have been looking for this opportunity. Our sites are truly in danger.

    Thanks

    Friends of Ramsar Sites
    Tema, Ghana
    West Africa

  9. Miti Matthias says:

    Dear Friends,

    Greetings from Jiddeco-Diocese of Jinja. We wish to thank you for this funding opportunity especially on the area of environment.

    On behalf of Jiddeco-Diocese of Jinja, I will accordingly submit a project proposal today.
    Looking forward to your positive response and good cooperation in future.

    With kind regards and best wishes.

    Miti Matthias
    Organizational Capacity Building Manager
    JIDDECO – Diocese of Jinja
    Plot 37, Nile Garden
    P.O Box 868, Jinja Uganda