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COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES

Community Based services

Introduction

The Community based services department is comprised of the following sectors which enables it to fulfill its mandate of empowering communities to harnesses their potential through cultural growths, skills development and labour productivity for sustainable and gender responsive development.

The department through various sectors mentioned below fosters the rights of vulnerable population , addresses the right and needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged populations such as PWDS, Older persons, youth , orphans and other vulnerable children and the poor in relation to the district and natural priorities .

Mandate:promotion of gender equality, social protection and transformation of communities”.

Staffing

The sector is Headed Politically by Hon Tibasiima Gilbert, sec for Gender and Community Development.

 The department is Technically headed by the District Community Development Officer, Mr Barugahara Benerd.

Addressing the Community. Community based man Mr Barugahara seen addressing a community meeting. Photo by Hannington PRO Buliisa.

The only other staff at the district is the probation and social welfare officer Ms Katusabe Stella

3 Assistant Community Development Officers are at the sub-county level. The department is grossly understaffed to enable deliver to its full mandate.

Sub-sectors in the Department

 The following are the sub-sectors under community Based Services department:

a)  Gender and community

  • Community Development and Literacy
  • Gender and Women affairs
  • Culture and Family Affairs

b)  Social protection

  • Elderly and disability
  • Youth and children affairs
  • Equity and rights

 c)  Labour, empowerment , occupation safety and health

  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Labour , Industrial Relations and Productivity
  • Empowerment Services. 

Achievements

i) Community Development and Literacy:

     

Registered 80 ( Eighty ) Community groups bringing in an income of 8,000,000/=

     

Organized 1 stake holders meeting bringing together National Development Partners operating in the district.

     

Facilitated 50 FAL Instructors and 30 household mentors with quarterly facilitation under DLSP Programme.

     

Monitored 12 FAL classes in the sub-counties of Biiso , Kihungya and Butiaba to check and guide on savings and record keeping /management.

ii) Gender and Women Affairs

     

Revival and support to Buliisa District Women Development Association with funds worth 410,000/= support from women council funds.

     

Organized 1 women Council Executive meeting

     

Held 1 training and guide the women council groups of income generation and gender /Domestic violence.

iii) Culture and Family Affairs

     

Received and settled 38 family cases

     

4 family affairs cases pending due husbands refusing to come to office.

Launch of Bagungu heritage and information centre an NGO/CBO to promote cultural activities in the district

 ii) Gender and Women Affairs

     

Revival and support to Buliisa District Women Development Association with funds worth 410,000/= support from women council funds.

     

Organized 1 women Council Executive meeting

     

Held 1 training and guide the women council groups of income generation and gender /Domestic violence.

iii) Culture and Family Affairs

     

Received and settled 38 family cases

     

4 family affairs cases pending due husbands refusing to come to office.

Launch of Bagungu heritage and information centre an NGO/CBO to promote cultural activities in the district

The Social Development Sector covers the sections on Community Mobilization, Gender and Culture, Disability, Elderly and Rehabilitation, Childcare and Protection and Probation and Social Welfare.

The key aspects of concern are persistent inequalities in our communities due to poverty, illiteracy and vulnerability. This raises the challenges of ensuring social protection for the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

 Despite the intervention of some development programmes, there are still major concerns and challenges in the improvement of the people's well-being. Poverty, social inequalities and the HIV/AIDS epidemic continue to place a huge burden on the District and community resources and have endangered human capacity and productivity.

 Table1: Supported CDD groups 2013/14 FY

S/N

GROUP

PROJECT

AMOUNT

SUB COUNTY

1

Kabolwa Tulibamu group

Goat keeping

5,000,000/=

Buliisa

2

Yesu Amara Farmers group

Goat keeping

5,000,000/=

Kigwera

3

Kisiabi Boda Boda Association

Motorcycle transport

3,500,0000/=

BTC

4

Masaka women group

Goat keeping

4,000,0000/=

Kigwera

5

Mutujune group

Goat keeping

4,000,000/=

Ngwedo

 

Total

 

21,500,000/=

 

  Table 2: Supported CDD groups 2014/15 FY

 

S/N

GROUP

PROJECT

AMOUNT

SUB COUNTY

1

Kabolwa Tulibamu group

Goat keeping

5,000,000/=

Buliisa

2

Yesu Amara Farmers group

Goat keeping

5,000,000/=

Kigwera

3

Kisiabi Boda Boda Association

Motorcycle transport

3,500,0000/=

BTC

4

Masaka women group

Goat keeping

4,000,0000/=

Kigwera

5

Mutujune group

Goat keeping

4,000,000/=

Ngwedo

 

Total

 

21,500,000/=

 

 

     

Organized 2 launch of CDD supported project in Buliisa and Kigwera sub counties

     

Organized 2 monitoring field visits of the CDD supported projects by the RDC, CAO CFO and DCDO

     

Organized 1 radio programme on local FM Radio –Kitara Radio

     

2.1.5: Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF 2)

     

34 groups trained and ready to receive funds for household improvement

     

3 groups to be trained for public works programme (roads ) in Buliisa Town Council

     

1 monitoring and supervision held for both political and technical.

 b) Gender and women affairs

  •       4 women council executive meetings held
  •       1 women council meeting held
  •       7 women groups supported with women council grants
  •       International women’s day celebration held
  •       2 gender mainstreaming training held

c) Culture and Family Affairs

  •       10 clan heads meetings held
  •       80 family disputes cases received and settled
  •       2 sensitization meetings for husbands and wives organized

Social protection Sub-sector

a) Elderly and disability

     

2 disability council executives  meetings held

     

1 sign language training organized

     

1 disability council meeting held

     

I disability day celebration organized

     

4 disabled groups supported with special grants for PWDs

     

1 elderly training organized

b) Youth and Children Affairs

     

7 sensitization meetings on youth live hood programme(YLP) organized

     

2 youth council executive held

     

1 youth council meeting held

     

150 OVC cases to be received and settled

     

60 para-socials to be trained

     

4 para- social quarterly meetings to be organized

c) Equity and rights

     

10 community groups sensitized on equity and rights

     

20 employees sensitized on their rights

     

5 hotels owners trained on employees rights

     

Directorates of labour employment occupational Safety and Health

     

Labour , industrial relations and productivity

     

2 training of employees on labour laws held

     

2 trainings on the employment ethics and management organized

Employment services

     

10 qualified youth linked with employment opportunities

     

2 trainings of youth on job creation organized

     

Occupational Safety  and Health

     

4 monitoring visits of the workplaces organized

     

2 Sensitization workshops for the employees and employee on occupational Safety and Health held

     

4:   Community driven Development (CDD) programme

     

Community groups supported with the CDD grant

     

Monitoring fields visits organized

     

4 launching sessions of the community projects organized

     

2 radio talk shows held on local FM

Under NUSAF2

     

Community infrastructure rehabilitation (CIR)

     

Construction of staff house at Buliisa HC IV ( Roofed )

     

Staff house at Biiso Health Centre III ( Not Yet roofed )

     

Staff house at Biiso P/S staff house ( roofed )

     

Classroom block at Garasoya  church of Uganda  P/S ( not yet roofed)

     

Staff house at Nyamasoga P/S ( Roofed)

     

Classroom block at Kihungya P/S ( Roofed)

     

Classroom block at Kisiabi P/S (roofed

PWP( Public Works projects)

Nyapeya community Access road – 2.93km

Kitahura Community Access Road – 3.89km

Kizikya Community Access Roads- 2.48km

Sector Challenges /Constraints

     

Shortage of staff both at the district and sub county to carry out the required mandate of the department. There are only 5 staff instead of 10 members of staff.

     

Limited funds to the department to cater for the planned activities as some sectors and directorates activities do not have funds the plans of the financial year as both budget allocations from the district and the centre are very minimal .

     

The youth live hood programme (YLP) has not yet taken root due to limited operational funds to cater for the awareness creation and sensitization of the youth to apply for the funds.

     

200 Adult learners examined with proficiency tests

 

     

Stakeholders /Development partners meeting held