Annual Report 2018

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Welcome to the 2018 web edition of Kibo Group's Annual Report!

If you are already a friend of Kibo, we hope this report encourages you and gives you a a glimpse into the structural changes that happened this year.

If you yearn to be part of this remarkable organization, we hope this report whets your appetite to know more about Kibo's work in the Busoga region of Uganda. Be sure to check out our stories and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you feel called to do so, please consider donating to support our partner villages here.

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The Kibo Way

More than just an organization with projects, Kibo is a network of friendships that started between a small group of Ugandans and Americans in the mid-1990s and that now includes a wide, expanding community. These friendships motivate Kibo’s efforts to address poverty and injustice in African communities.

What We Do

Kibo pursues asset-based, holistic, sustainable community development. Here's what that means:

 
 

How We Do It

Kibo’s work is made possible through the following priorities and practices:

 
  Good Questions over Imported Solutions:  Kibo is not a charity that provides answers but a network of friends that helps communities ask good questions, interrogate challenges, and imagine solutions.

Good Questions over Imported Solutions: Kibo is not a charity that provides answers but a network of friends that helps communities ask good questions, interrogate challenges, and imagine solutions.

  Root Causes over Secondary Symptoms:  By resisting quick and one-dimensional solutions, Kibo addresses the “ecosystems of poverty” and root causes of suffering.

Root Causes over Secondary Symptoms: By resisting quick and one-dimensional solutions, Kibo addresses the “ecosystems of poverty” and root causes of suffering.

 
 
  Community Lift over Individual Rescue:  Kibo seeks not merely to help a few individuals beat the odds but to help entire communities change the odds.

Community Lift over Individual Rescue: Kibo seeks not merely to help a few individuals beat the odds but to help entire communities change the odds.

  Interdependence over (In)Dependence:  Avoiding both unhealthy dependency and isolating self-reliance, Kibo values interdependence guided by local leadership.

Interdependence over (In)Dependence: Avoiding both unhealthy dependency and isolating self-reliance, Kibo values interdependence guided by local leadership.

 

Our Programs

We live out the Kibo Way every day through our five unique programs. These programs work in tandem with our partner villages to lift communities out of poverty, empower them to take responsibility for their own well-being, and give them the tools to flourish long after Kibo has moved on to other villages. 

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Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Program

We build relationships with our partner villages to improve hygiene and sanitation and to gain access to clean water. Through Community-Led Total Sanitation, we educate communities to change unhygienic behavior and empower villages to take responsibility for their health. We also help communities gain sustainable access to clean water by drilling and repairing wells.

 
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FEATURED STORY: Clean hands? Think again. Kibo’s newest curriculum puts the WASH back in handwashing.

Unhygienic practices are at the core of disease and death in many of our partner villages. Simple behavioral changes, like washing hands, can help break the cycle. Learn how we empower villages to take ownership of their health — and their lives.

>> Read the full story.

 
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Healthy and Safe Kitchens Program

We teach women to protect themselves and their families. Women learn how to build a kitchen — where women spend a majority of their time — that makes cooking food safer and more sanitary. We help women replace traditional three-stone cooking fires with stoves to protect against smoke inhalation and burns. The sanitation and efficiency of Kibo Kitchens also reduce the chances of disease and domestic violence.

 
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FEATURED STORY: Headline for article

Summary of the story we write for kitchens (what the new staff member will contribute)

>> Read the full story.

 

Life Skills Education and Counseling Program

We stimulate comprehensive behavior change in youth and their parents by empowering girls and guiding boys towards new values. In the curriculum, we address communication skills, decision-making, critical-thinking, self-esteem, resistance to peer pressure, sex education, and more. We work in classrooms with 13-18 year olds and in communities so that the whole community better understands relationship management.

 
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FEATURED STORY: First-ever Life Skills Exhibition honors students' accomplishments

Children celebrate when they feel equipped, educated, and empowered. After going through the Life Skills curriculum, these children have the self-esteem and skills they need to manage their relationships well. And they're eager to share what they've learned.

>> Read the full story.

 
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Health and Spiritual Empowerment Program

Through health education and Bible lessons, we empower women and men to value themselves and each other, which strengthens communities and families. We encourage women to see their inherent worth and give them the courage to participate in making decisions for their families and communities. We also encourage men to value their wives as partners and blessings, rather than as possessions and curses.

 

FEATURED STORY: Headline for article

Summary of the story we write for h&se (what the new staff member will contribute)

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Mvule Community Development Program

We help communities flourish socially and economically by unifying communities, empowering people to be good leaders, educating people about reforestation, and supporting community business ventures. We help communities form committees and write constitutions to solidify trust. We help communities address local deforestation together and provide saplings as resources. We provide goats to communities and empower them to take responsibility over their economic well-being by starting their own businesses and savings accounts.

 
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FEATURED STORY: Headline for article

Summary of the story we write for mvule (_____ TBD _____)

>> Read the full story.

 

Our Staff

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At Kibo, 100% of the on-the-ground work is done by Africans.

This is important because ________________________.


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* An anonymous donor funded all prizes, including items and postage.

We will mail T-shirts to all new monthly donors by January 31, 2019.

Email the names of your referrals to falon@kibogroup.org to be entered into the drawing. We will announce the winner to everyone who entered the drawing on January 15, 2019. We will mail each bag of coffee to the winner by the last day of each month, from January 31, 2019 through December 31, 2019.


 

Financials


FAQs

How does Kibo think about “overhead?”

The nonprofit world is engrossed by the idea of minimizing overhead. While Kibo certainly wants as much money to go to projects as possible, we approach the topic differently. We focus less on handouts and more on empowering locals to find creative solutions to their own problems. If a community builds their own stoves, if they construct their own latrines, and if they fix their own wells using the tools Kibo provides, what costs remain? A lot of “overhead,” such as transportation and salaries.

Why did Kibo hire new staff members?

We are always striving to be more holistic. While we’ve tried to help sick people in the villages of Busoga for years, our new healthcare professional, ______, increases our ability to educate communities about how to prevent disease. In the same way, ___’s social work background helps not only to increase the output of the Healthy and Safe Kitchens program, but also to make it more holistic in approach.

Why did Kibo change its program names?

As programs evolve, we need to describe them more accurately. Men started attending our Women’s Empowerment meetings, and the Mvule program does a lot more than plant trees! Busoga is changing, and we need to change with it. Our Ugandan staff named their own

Have a question of your own? Let us know. We'd like to answer it!

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