Uganda Kolping Society is a membership Organization. We are made up of people organized in small groups called Kolping Families. These groups are usually composed of people between 20 – 50. Community Development Department is mandated with mobilizing, training, mentoring and providing both financial and technical support to members. The Department is headed by Community Development Coordinator (currently Tukwasibwe Boniface) who works hand in hand with an Agriculture Extension Officer (Kisembo Gloria) and nine Zonal Officers (Field Officers).
The Zonal Officers mobilize people to join Kolping Families. Kolping Families are agents of transformation. It's through Kolping Families that members work together to transform their lives. Exchange visits and monthly visits are a medium of sharing experiences, information and inputs. Through natural visits members are able to empower each other through exchange of household items like plates, mattresses and blankets among others.
The Department is a conduit for support given to members. All Programs and projects that deal with membership empowerment are based in Community Development Department. Our programs and Projects that are hinged on the ideology of "Help for Self Help". We don't give charity but build on what members have already started. The Projects for our members include the following;
- SAVINGS AND CREDIT SCHEME
- MILK COW PROJECT
- SMALL ANIMALS
- TREE PLANTING
- WOMEN AND YOUTH
- ANIMAL TRACTION
- CROP HUSBANDRY
- SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
UKS offers Vocational Training for the Youth in Kampala under the Work Opportunities Programme (WOP).this programme is aimed at addressing the serious problem of unemployment through the modular system of training. Many school leavers have increasingly become desperate and have developed a low self esteem, due to the fact that their attempt to enter the job market has so far become futile.
WOP attempts to look at the "whole being" of a youth when addressing the issue of unemployment. Because it is a programme of empowerment and transformation, whereby learners are able to understand who they are, where they come from and their aspirations.
To provide the leaner with appropriate training to help him/her become self reliant and skilled individual.
To encourage the learner to assist other less fortunate in the community, once they become established.
Criteria for Selection
The following are general principles that learners are enrolled,
- A youth between the age of 18 to 30
- Financially unable to continue with further studies
- One must have attempted to find work
- Preferably to have completed S.4 level.
The following are the major parts of this training,
- Introduction to soft/life skills (essentials of focused life)
- Hard/basic practical skills
- Internship as applicable
- Support after training for meaningful employment
Work is uniquely human. We are all called, in one way or the other to make our work reflect our lives. Lack of work is a great contributor to hopelessness. While they are many people who identify themselves with this need of job creation and skills development among the youth, few are ready to work for it.
It is not about a certificate but a job. At present, DIT, UGAPRIVI, BTVET (UVQF) AND KKVTC therefore strongly believes that even those without English, can be instructed in their local languages, get a qualification and employment through this modular system of training.
FOREST DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
These are deliberate efforts by Uganda Kolping Society to contribute to the government's Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) through provision of employment, access to better forests products in rural areas as well as improve the ever worsening global climate hence, environmental protection and promotion. These efforts will be achieved through:
a) The promotion of profitable tree planting in the shortest time possible by using fast growing high yielding species.
b) The Promotion of private sector involvement in tree planting establishment by acting as an example to other potential investors.
c) The support of conservation of environment through increased vegetation cover this in turn protects soil and water catchment areas.
d) The conservation of ecological biodiversity
e) The provision of direct employment to the communities adjacent to the plantations as a contribution to improving their livelihoods.
f) The development of attractive scenery in these areas that could bring in tourists and thus foreign exchange into the country.
Trees clean the air and do absorb carbon dioxide that we breathe out through the scientific process of carbon sequestration. An acre of trees produce Oxygen that we breath in. One mature tree can produce enough oxygen for a family of four for one year.