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Improving Family Life Across the World

Article posted on 10 June 2013 Leave a Comment

 

Before the Family Life Programme I had lost hope, I knew I was going to die but once people supporting me I became strong.

Family Life Programme member who also has HIV

Mothers’ Union’s Family Life Programme (FLP) in Uganda is a holistic community development programme, aiming to bring together groups within communities to identify and prioritise common issues they face. It encourages communities to work as a group, developing ways to bring about change and improvements in their lives. Issues cover food security, poverty, health and sanitation, environmental protection, agricultural skills, living with HIV/AIDS and good nutrition.

The Family Life Programme is not about giving handouts. It is about helping communities identify the resources they already have to be able to tackle some of the challenges they face. In essence, the programme helps people to believe in themselves and work together as a community.

As a community they will select one or two community members to receive training, from Mothers’ Union to become a facilitator. Facilitators, being from the community themselves, have a strong motivation to bring about change. . This model for development leaves individuals and communities feeling empowered in a way that they could never possibly feel through the receiving of handouts and donations.

Across Uganda communities have started some incredibly creative and diverse activities such as juice making enterprises, medicinal plant farming, livestock rearing and introducing networks of carers for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Since the Family Life Programme me and my wife work and plan together, we save together. Our relationship has improved.

Benedicto, FLP member

Now Mothers’ Union wants to go a step further to transform communities in even greater ways.

By giving a community food, you can enable them to eat for as long as that food lasts. By giving them money and resources you can enable them to source their own food, and perhaps their own income. But by giving them a voice, and an education, you give them the opportunity to realise their own power, self worth and potential. Furthermore, by bringing faith and spirituality into the development process, communities feel empowered and supported by God; giving them much more hope for the future.

This is exactly what the Church and Community Mobilisation Process (CCMP) aims to achieve. Mothers’ Union Uganda is now looking at how they develop on the progress that has been made through FLP by implementing CCMP across the country.

Thanks to your support, Mothers’ Union is able to develop and implement new projects that lead to the transformation of communities all over the world.

 

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