Location: KAMPALA | Uganda
Duration: 15 years
Category: Leadership Development
I am an alumnus of Management for Development Foundation, Ede, Netherlands for Project Management and Program Administration course study 7th Oct. to 29th November, 1996. I hold a Bachelor of Religious Studies from the Reformed Theological College in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, a Diploma in Missiology from the Wesley Institute for Ministry and the Arts (now a university) in Sydney, NSW, Australia (1989--1992), a Masters in Intercultural Studies with a Major in Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of World Mission, March, 2003 (Now School of Intercultural Studies) and a Master in Business Administration with a Major in International Development from Hope International University, Fullerton, CA. USA (December, 2002).
Last but not least, let me request you kindly to network with us in all your programs, especially in the promotion of the Lausanne Movement/Global Ministry on the Continent of Africa through our AFCI/SWM ministry, our Mission networks, and in the areas of Mission Renewal through information exchange on current global projects development issues like Scholarship Program Assistance for such important studies like Cross-Cultural understanding, Dialogue among our Religious faiths, climate change mitigation and adaptation programs, Information Communication Technology Empowerment for young people in developing countries like Africa/Uganda and updates from the global networks on development issues and global leadership development for nation building, international conference participation, distance learning programs for missions, visual aids facilitations and material or technical in assistance in Information Communication Technology to establish our Multi-Purpose Learning Centre for Christian Mission and Research Development Program.
We also need some Short term Civil Society Professional Volunteers in Christian Community Development and ICT training programmes. In case of your interest to this communication, please, let us know as soon as possible so that we can send to you the full details of our previous annual reports 2006-2008 and the Project data on the above mentioned Multi-Purpose Learning Center. These documents are too bulky with a lot of photos, therefore I cannot send them by email, but will put everything on a CD-ROM and send them by postage mail on your address above. Thanks so much in advance.
Your consideration to this request will be highly respected and very much appreciated. Forward together in Nation and Kingdom building. To God be the Glory. Looking forward to our continuing correspondence and global mission participation together.
In Christian Service,
AFCI ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE Title: Africa for Christ International (AFCI)
Year of Establishment: The organization that presents this profile is AFRICA FOR CHRIST INTERNATIONAL (AFCI). It is a registered member of national NGO Forum, one of the umbrella bodies of Civil Society Organizations in Uganda. It was initially incorporated as a company with unlimited liability under Section 16 (1) and of Companies Act in March 1988 under the name Africa Campaign Mission of Christ. The name was later changed to Africa for Christ International in November 1993 as a Non-Governmental Organization under the NGOs Registration Statute of 1989.
Strategy: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Person (Body, Mind and Spirit). Mission-Promoting the Work of Holistic Christian Mission, Education, Health including HIV/AIDS program, Charity and Community based development. Goal-Holistic Transformation Development for Kingdom and Nation Building. Objectives-To propagate the Whole Biblical Gospel to the Whole Person, using the Whole Society of Men and Women without gender bias. To promotes holistic-transformational development. To promote HIV/AIDS Awareness, Prevention and Care Support through project management, policy advocacy and, networking with other civil society stakeholders and capacity building programs. To train youths in ICT Basic Skills for Social-Economic Empowerment and Research initiatives.
Structure: AFCI DECISION MAKING ORGANS BELOW GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Propose and make policies and decisions on the affairs of the organization. Have powers to invite new members to the organization after recommendation/request by the Board of Directors under its chairman. Endorse the expulsion/suspension of weak or misbehaved members Have powers to change the AFCI constitution or make new laws/article (s) within the current constitution after technical legal advice from the Board of Directors and its chairman.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Take general oversight of the whole organization. Supervise policies endorsed by General Assembly for proper implementation through evaluation and monitoring. Look after the properties of the organization (as Custodians) Recommends new members to the organization through the office of the Chairman to the General Assembly.
Current Board Members: names available upon request
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT: Take responsibility of day to day office duties Made up of all paid and voluntary staff members Implement policies made and endorsed by the General Assembly. Work with all AFCI stakeholders, grass root community leaders and civil society networks. Responsible for program administration and project management Discipline staff members who act contrary to the organization’s code of conduct.
COMMUNITY LEADERS AT THE GRASSROOT LEVEL: Identify problems and possible solutions Formulate project proposal guidelines for community development Decide on who need immediate help among the community members Work with the board of management in planning, implementation, administration, monitoring and evaluation of project activities at grass root level.
AFCI/SWM-CIVIL SOCIETY NETWORK PROGRAMME: Conduct joint seminars/workshop with other NGOs (both national and international) and CBOs on various issues such as capacity building, lobbying and advocacy, project monitoring and evaluation. Work with low and higher institutions of learning (both private and public) in promoting various AFCI/SWM program activities such as HIV/AIDS Basic Education Programs and Leadership development. Work with local churches through AFCI/School of World Mission Training Program in Christian Mission and Holistic Transformational Development.
Human Resource: Full time staff-Administration/support-Five and Part time-Seven or Professional Volunteers. Financial Resources: Professional Consultation/Capacity building fee, and Membership Contribution/fee. Previous voluntary donation from Australian Christian well wishers and friends of AFCI.
Support: No technical support currently, we would like to network with Christian Mission Agencies from South America, Asia, USA, Europe and Africa in order to establish the Africa Centre for Mission Studies and Research Programs. Stakeholders in Missiological Training Programs for Kingdom building, Capacity Building Program like ICT, Human Resource and Organizational Development, HIV/AIDS, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation and Research Programs.
Overview of Projects: (i) HIV/AIDS Preventive Basic Education for social-economic empowerment among young people and affected/infected family members. (ii) AFCI Civil Society Institutional Capacity Building for Organizational development, project management and program Administration four year plan-2009-2012.
(iii) AFCI/School of World
Mission mobile Evangelistic and Training programs among low and higher Institutions of learning, local churches and Bible colleges for Men and Women in various leadership/gender issues, Social-economic Transformational development and Christian Mission Studies and Research Programs. HIV/AIDS focus on; Awareness building, prevention, counseling Care support and policy advocacy like Abstinence for youths before marriage and Being faithful among adults. HIV/AIDS social-economic empowerment emphasizes creation of an enabling environment for survival among the infected and the affected family members.
Other Projects under consideration for implementation: HIV/AIDS Rural Housing Development, Nutritional Feeding through Fruits and Vegetable Food security program and income generating Activity at the household level. Orphanage ministry empowerment through Child-Hope Program, to cater for primary to university education And Vocational training, especially using Information Communication Technology (ICT) for development in Computer Basic skills development. Special emphasis on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Programs.
Project Activities: AFCI/SWM Mobile Training programs among Local Churches, Bible Colleges, Faith Based Christian Mission Agencies and Universities in order to develop young professionals for Christ in Nation and Kingdom building. HIV/AIDS Peer Education among colleges/high schools and Universities mainly around Kampala and Wakiso districts. Peer Education covers between 50-100 members each session covering at least three schools per term or Semester (quarterly period) in each targeted institution. Peer education comes with a package of other activities like training in HIV/AIDS counseling and home care support, behavioral change through Abstinence for youths and being faithful among adults, herbal medicine and nutritional feeding, Spiritual enrichment of the mind and soul for psychological support.
Key achievements: Since 1993, we have trained over 5000 men and women in Christian Mission and Holistic Development through local churches, Colleges and University institutions of higher learning to become more involved in Christian Mission for Nation and Kingdom building, trainees came from East African region of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Sudan. Most of these are now Local Pastors and Bible Teachers in their respective areas of ministry. This year 2009 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with William Carey International University at the United States Centre for World Mission in Pasadena, California, USA to begin long distance training under WCIU for Christian Missions and Development. Young people are becoming more receptive to the idea of behavioral change through Sexual Abstinence before marriage as opposed to the previously overwhelming belief in condom use only. Decrease in other STDs risky behaviors among young people who have taken abstinence seriously. More low and higher institutions of learning are opening up their doors for our outreach programs on HIV/AIDS. Stigmatization and discrimination among the infected young people has Reduced drastically, the affected friends and family members are now opening up their social-network, love, respect and support, thus supporting the fundamental values of human rights and dignity for every person as enshrined in the Uganda Constitution.
Main Challenges: We have just finalized a project proposal for a Multi-Purpose Learning Centre for Information Communication Technology, Christian Mission and Development and Research Programs, we are now seeking international partners to set up the ground infrastructure development for this facility. We would like to establish partners in Christian Mission and Development in ICT from around the world. Organizational level challenges-Facilitation mobilization in terms of materials and financial resources, we need international and local partners. Capacity building program for human resource developments for continuing policy development and skill development among AFCI Staff and Volunteers. Organizational Development towards an efficient and dynamic project management and program administration on the standard level of Civil Society Institutional Capacity Building Plan of action in order to network effectively with other Civil Society members. Program implementation level-Lack of Transportation facilitation reduces and weakens our mobility, thus limiting our outreach programs. Lack of adequate training materials like equipments for information technology program administration like computers, public address system, and visual aids like power point projector, DVD/VHS Videos for the film programs, all senior staff, supervisors and chief volunteers need mobile phones, this limits our communication abilities among young people.
Lessons learned: AFCI/SWM Mobile Training program needs to increase its local partnership with more local churches, bible colleges, low and high institutions of learning both in the Rural and Urban Christian Communities by setting up coordinating centers. Networking with other Civil Society stakeholders in HIV/AIDS programs, especially those with similar core values morally and ethically, this is to avoid duplication of activities among target beneficiaries, increase skills development in planning, implementation, standard Monitoring and Evaluation methods. Joint planning and project implementation with the beneficiary leadership in order to gain on cost and risk-sharing experiences. Development Partners should take local resource mobilization seriously for sustainability purposes. Donor resources should come in as supplement to strengthen local resources mobilization, where possible.
Future Plans: First and foremost is AFCI Institutional Capacity Building Program, four years plan of action 2009-2012. This include among others: To enhance a standardized Civil Society Institutional Framework within AFCI organizational culture and program administration to correspond with the national plan of action on CSOs. To Scale up the level of competence among AFCI staff in dealing with program administration and project management at the workplace. To ensure that AFCI staff and volunteers are up-to-date with changes and Innovation on CSOs capacity building program like HIV/AIDS national and international policy advocacy and a workable coping mechanism among the infected and affected friends and family members. To promote Gender mainstreaming in all AFCI Civil Society Capacity Building Networks. To propagate the Kingdom of God through Christian Mission Training, Gospel Film Ministry for Discipleship, Evangelistic Purposes and Church Growth under our AFCI/School of World Mission for Holistic Transformation Development, Church Planting and Leadership Development among local Churches, low and higher institutions of learning and Civil Society Networks.
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