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Outreach Uganda

Changing lives. Overcoming poverty together.

aka OU   |   Highlands Ranch, CO   |  outreachuganda.org

Mission

OU empowers impoverished people in Uganda, especially women and children. We work with established community groups, and entire communities in Uganda in the areas of income-generation, education and training, and community empowerment. We believe that we can help most by providing needed resources, to be used by trusted, on-site native people who are located in and have established themselves as ethical leaders devoted to the group's good, within the communities they serve and who are willing to motivate community members to provide additional resources of their own towards the programs. We also help with marketing Ugandan crafts created by the groups we work with in order to assist with their income-generation efforts, and to provide funding for community projects. To accomplish this, we work with almost 200 women in three women's groups in Uganda, plus an entire community area of five villages (over 6000 people) in Lamwo district of northern Uganda. Our community empowerment projects include partnering with a northern Uganda community on operating a Primary/Nursery school with over 650 students and 18 teachers, plus assisting with the community's clinic which employs two nursing staff. In the Jinja, Uganda area where our initial women's group is located, we are continuing our work with the group on income-generation projects and a community empowerment project for building homes for women. We've purchased almost 7 acres of land and drilled a well. We hope to begin home building in 2019 so women in the group can move out of the slums forever!

Ruling year info

2008

President

Ms. Carol A Davis

Main address

9457 S University Blvd #410

Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 USA

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EIN

26-0767575

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Educational Development (Q34)

International Agricultural Development (Q31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Outreach Uganda's Ultimate Goal Our ultimate goal is to empower our clients with an entrepreneurial spirit, targeted training in key areas if needed, and access to resources so they can overcome poverty forever where their future success will be dependent upon only themselves. Main Groups/Communities We Assist 1. Jinja Uganda women's group 2. Cubu area Uganda women's group & men's agricultural group 3. Cubu villages (5)- with primary school 4 . Cubu villages (5) - with community clinic 5. Age 10 and older girls within Lamwo District Uganda Needs that We Are Addressing 1. Need for access to education and practical training 2. Need for access to health care so that families/businesses remain healthy & children do not die of easily preventable causes. 3. Need for access to credit facilities and land for women 4. Need for individual and community capacity building to increase income-generation potential from land 5. Support girls staying in school & avoiding early marriage.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Income-generation and Self-Sufficiency Program Primarily for Women

OU provides product marketing, business, leadership and other training assistance including provision of revolving loan funds and assistance with income-generation projects to selected community-based groups (3 women's and 1 men's) located in Jinja, Kitgum and Agwata Uganda.  Most of these people were living on less than $1 per day prior to joining our programs.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

OU currently works with one sub-county of five villages in northern Uganda. We work with the community on:

1. Primary/Nursery School Operation - building and operation of this northern Uganda parent supported government school which currently has almost 700 students from nursery through P-7 (sixth grade equivalent in U.S.) plus 18 trained teachers and 7 support staff. This school has grown steadily since its inception in January 2010. In 2017 Outreach Uganda completed a fifth classroom block which houses two nursery classes plus a girls' dormitory.

2. Operation of a community clinic in the same parish/village which serves over 6000 people of which half are under the age of 15. The clinic started in mid-2013. The clinic also offers basic maternity and immunization services.

3. A Home Building program for women in our JInja group. We have almost 7 acres of land, have drilled a well, and hope to begin home building later in 2019.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Educational assistance of various sorts is provided to selected children of women in our income generation programs, plus children living in the focus communities for our empowerment programs in the Lamwo district of northern Uganda.  In addition, we provide training to both students and parents on important topics. such as positive parenting and how to help our child be successful in school.  There are several different sub-programs to help the children:

1. child sponsorship program which currently has over 200 children sponsored

2. scholarships for selected students for secondary and university or vocational training

3. Girls' Education Initiative program to help girls in 3rd to 7th grade stay in school at our Agwata location and excel so that they can continue on into secondary school.  Normally, girls drop out at this age so less than 5% would continue with their schooling.  We are trying to change this situation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students completing P-7 at the Agwata school

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Child and Youth Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This demonstrates that the community is supporting the education of their children. Also important is that 147 of the 266 graduating P7 students during 2014 to 2023 (no 2021 data) years are girls.

Number of program participants In OU's Girls' Education Initiative participants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Women and girls

Related Program

Community Empowerment Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This reporting metric shows the number of girls participating in our Girls' Education Initiative Program. It is a lead indicator of how many girls will finish P-7 (6th grade). Covid lockdown in 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Goals for the Next 3 to 5 Years to Meet These Needs:
1. Continue community partnership to support the Cubu Parent Primary school (Nursery to P7). We became an Exam Center School effective for 2021 exam year. We seek to become a school of excellence for local pupils as well as attract pupils from outside who will pay for boarding in order to attend our school. We want this community school to become increasingly self-supporting each year so that in 5 years, at least 35% of its operations are self-supporting.
2. Solidify our Girls' Education Initiative Program by seeking additional community support and offering support to our girls who are secondary/vocational students.
3. Expand our child sponsorship program to 250 students in primary school, and to convert to a scholarship program only for secondary and above.
4. Target one part of our post-primary scholarship program to be for students focused on health/medical or technology careers and who will come back to support the Lamwo district in exchange for their scholarship.
5. Home building program - complete common area improvements. Construct first phase of 10 homes for Jinja women.
6. Finalize an expansion plan for the Cubu Community Clinic with district health and community officials.
7. Continue implementing the Cubu Community Development plan including:
a. larger clinic building
b. build a dam to provide water for multiple agricultural uses
c. provide a mechanism for community wide crop storage and more direct transportation and/or methods for community wide crop sale access points.
d. build a vocational school
Beyond 5 years:
e. regional airstrip
f. connection to tourism once the airstrip is completed
8. Expand our cash crop agricultural program with a focus on having it support the clinic and school while also serving as a model for local farmers to adopt improved farming methods.

Our strategies for accomplishing our goals are to continue to provide resources and build the capacity of our Ugandan NGO so that its staff can provide daily "on the ground" oversight of our operations and to continue to provide the needed training and capacity building for our women's groups and the Cubu community.

Near term activities include:
1. Devotion of time and resources to implementing the Cubu community plan
2. Expanding the Girls' Education Initiative program to one to two additional primary schools.
3. Finding selected "professional" volunteers from the west to provide one-time capacity building training/transfer of skills to aid in accomplishing our goals (pre-school, girls empowerment curriculum, and agricultural).
4. Focusing our efforts on developing strategic partnerships with local NGO and governmental entities in northern Uganda who can assist us in the implementation of our programs/projects and help in building the capacity of our communities.
5. Utilize cloud based software and virtual meetings to encourage more participation from within both the U.S. and Uganda to accomplish our activities as well as monitoring and evaluation.

Internal Resources, Capacities and Connections:
1. We are an unusual U.S. nonprofit in that we spend 2 to 3 months on site in Uganda each year making sure our programs are implemented successfully and that monies are properly spent.
2. We access U.S. based professional volunteers and use them as catalysts for implementing new training and new programs in Uganda (but not to take away paying jobs from Ugandans)
3. We have very committed Ugandan staff that have been with us over ten years.
4. We have a base of loyal donors, sponsors and customers who regularly give to us

External Resources, Capacities and Connections:
1. We have spent much time building relationships in the districts where we are working
2. We have connections with organizations and other resources relative to housing/land for women in southern Uganda
3. We are a registered Ugandan NGO and in the 17 years we've been in Uganda, have developed respect and good relationships within the Lamwo district where we work.

After 15 years of work with our first two women's groups, we are seeing good results. Helping a woman with income-generation while educating a family member is a viable way to help the family upgrade itself. We think our current home building program for Jinja women will be the final tool they need to PERMANENTLY escape poverty and move out of the slum forever.

Our partnership with the Cubu Community on the operation of its community primary school and clinic has been quite successful. The school has grown from 20 students to over7 00 students of which 40 are normally boarding students. The school was registered and licensed during the 2017 - 2018 time period. In late 2020 it became licensed as an Exam Center. It is now the 3rd best performing primary school in our district of 96 primary schools. As a result, there has been a tremendous influx of students these past two years. The school needs more school buildings and teachers to handle this drastically increased student population.

After 12 years with our Girls' Education Initiative, we see that our comprehensive approach is very successful at keeping girls in school through 6th grade. Our companion scholarship program for post-primary school has resulted in over 60 girls progressing on to secondary/vocational school. We are excited that we have so many qualified, high performing girls seeking scholarship assistance for secondary schooling. We are saddened by the fact that we have not been able to raise donations fast enough to cover the increased influx of girls who complete primary school and are looking for financial help to continue onward with their schooling.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Outreach Uganda

Board of directors
as of 04/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carol Davis

No Affiliation

Term: 2026 - 2023

Carol Davis

No Affiliation

Wendy Peterson

No Affiliation

Mary Dalke

No Affiliation

Kirsten Braun

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/23/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability