This year it is 10 years since our first water project was installed, and it is still providing safe water. Essential for this achievement were continuous support and trainings. This long-term approach has also been tightly integrated into the Potentiam Youth Development Centre in Kampala.
One of Fontes’ core values is the long-term approach of our projects. Experience has shown us that a project only will last long if the implementer is willing to invest his resources over a decent period of time and provide the beneficiaries with ongoing support and guidance. Regular visits for follow up and capacity building in small steps are key to ensure the success of our projects to empower communities in an enduring and sustainable way.
Many safe water projects in Uganda are unpleasant but illustrative examples of failed attempts to provide proper and long-lasting solutions to communities in need. On average, a water project in Uganda is failing 3 years after its implementation. Fontes’ first safe water project in Katunguru-Rubirizi, western Uganda, was implemented in 2004. For more than 10 years it is providing water on a reliable basis! These beneficiaries are undergoing training in managing the water systems on their own.
Since 2012 Fontes has been providing professional training for disadvantaged youth through the Potentiam Youth Development Centre in Kampala. Naturally, the long-term approach was one of our major guidelines when developing the concept of this project. Our empowerment programme gives the students skills in applied business, entrepreneurship and personal development and in addition, through our mentorship programme, follows up and motivates the students through training and for 18 months into their professional lives. With every graduation, the network of Potentiam-Alumni is growing so that successful former students of the centre create opportunities of employment for the “next generation” of graduates.
Fontes Foundation thanks all of you who supported our Christmas Campaign in 2013 and 2014. The Campaign is continuuing still and we want to include more donors into our “Fontes Family”. On top of this years agenda is the Potentiam Youth Centre. The youth empowerment project is our main focus, and in order to boost the success we are asking for support from our friends around the globe to advocate for the campaign in our name.