Kyle's work with SODANN
SODANN (Soroti Development Association & NGO Network) is a local NGO based in the Teso region of Eastern Uganda.
It aims to enhance the effectiveness of civil society through capacity building, to reduce poverty by lobbying & advocacy and to monitor & report human rights violations.
June 2012 - October 2012
Uganda has suffered massive abuse of human rights. Many innocent Ugandans have lost their lives, been harassed, detained without trial, tortured or discriminated against, displaced or forced into exile.
Uganda has been almost continually affected by conflict. A deadly civil war between government forces and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) led to the deaths of 65,000 people and the displacement of at least 1.8 million.
51% of Ugandans still live in extreme poverty (less than $1 per day)
SODANN was founded in 1994 as a result of the increasing number of NGOs & community organisations in Soroti district who felt the need to have a united voice. They decided to pool their resources together for mutual support aimed at effectively responding to community social, economic and political needs.
SODANN provides these groups with a stronger, louder voice to lobby government and influence change.
Kyle will be working with SODANN for 3 months to support their demanding but vital work.
Activities» Kyle will: - Research social & economic justice in post conflict Teso. - Conduct Assessments on human rights situations - Write policy statements
Success will be securing more resources for SODANN's work, speaking up for those who have been persecuted and defending the rights of the poor and the vulnerable.
Helping SODANN to become more self-sustaining and strategic. To see an improvement in the human rights situation in Teso and to help SODANN & others bring about long term peace in Uganda. To increase the capacity and skills of local community based organisations.
There are many risks working in the area of human rights and poverty reduction. But the greatest risk is that we stand by and do nothing.
"The greatest sin of our time is not the few who have destroyed but the many who have remained silent"
Martin Luther King.
Funders who contribute to this project will receive a monthly e-mail from Kyle while he is Uganda.
Budget - Project Cost: £2,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £500 Living costs Kyle's accommodation & food for 3 months £400 Human Rights Hire of transport & travel to rural areas to document conditions £300 Advocacy Communication for campaigns eg website & posters £300 Training SODANN to hold training events for local community groups £200 Lobbying Producing reports for government & key stakeholders £300 Equipment Office supplies & resources for SODANN
Soroti is off the tourist track. It is situated in a rural area approximately 200km north-east of Kampla close to Lake Kyoga. Soroti is well known locally for a large rock that towers over the town.
There are a small number of shops, some banks, a market, a hospital, a local airport, a university campus and a few Muzungus (white people).
Soroti's population is approx. 66,000. The surrounding area has been spared the LRA conflict since 2006 and the government began implementing the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) from 2008. The focus is helping the area to recover & develop.
However there are still abuses. Ugandan security forces regularly use lethal force, especially during political demonstrations. Opposition politicians, their supporters, and some journalists face harassment, beatings, and arrest.
2serve Trust have been working in partnership to support and encourage SODANN for a number of years. There is trust and an excellent relationship between the two organisations.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Kyle will be volunteering for 3 months to work alongside SODANN