We promote transformational and sustainable development for the youth and other vulnerable people in Uganda through involving, supporting and integrating their contribution in determining their destiny.
Community Development Shield Uganda formerly “Bala Youth Forum” is a youth led and youth focused organization. Its mandate is to involve different development stakeholders in perusing transformational and sustainable development for the youth and other vulnerable people by involving, supporting and integrating their contribution in determining their destiny. The organization strives also to promote practical oriented basic skills with a view of helping youth, women and children create their mass of skills to survive in a globalized environment and increasingly knowledge-based economy.
Its formation was out of deep aspiration by a group of young, committed, active citizens and passionate graduate youth to give back to the community, create a social positive impact and do an action at home by responding to the plights of the most vulnerable groups of people. The organization main aim is to support the integration, inclusion, involvement and empowerment of the underprivileged, vulnerable, underserved and disadvantaged youth and women in communities into the development paradigm shift and give everyone a choice for access to - and utilization of available resources. The idea to form the organization is also attributed to the need to realize and achieve the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) at community level.
To contribute towards socio-economic transformation and enhance quality of life for the people in the district Kole in Uganda by educating young people in life skills and professional skills.
A transformed Community in the Kole district characterized by improved livelihoods, peace and justice.
Our Core Values
- Accountability and transparency
- Equity and Justice
- Commitment to excellence and professionalism
- Creativity & innovation
- Team work and Voluntarism
- Respect for Humanity and dignity
- Community based and good understanding of the necessaries of the people .all the staff are coming from within the locality
- We are the only sound indigenous community based organization in our sub county. Other NGOs ( most of the are foreign), have little local connections and do not have a base here
- Registered official NGO in Uganda (which is for local NGOs very difficult) and has a physical address
- CDS Uganda is no affiliate of an EU or US organization (all donated money goes directly to the CDS Uganda)
- Good connection to communities, police and other stakeholders like chief of the district etc
- We designed for all our programs very good educational tools
- Human centered design approach
- Have experience in running the programs and do the accounting and controlling
- Financial management is audited every year by external auditors
- Have experience to convince other organizations to give their money for funding
- Part of other network organization (part of network NGOs in Uganda) like Uganda National NGO Forum
- Well-designed organization with clearly described job description of each position in CDS Uganda
Our organization attains its goals through engaging in the following programs.
We educate young women and men for social cultural negative norm change to avoid for example early child marriage and early pregnancy.
We educate young women and men for better professional skills to make a living.
We strive for acceptance in the communities and other stake holders for the changes of social cultural negative norms.
We Increase access to safe water and basic sanitation for the community with the help of donors and volunteers.
CLUSA (2015 - 2020)
Supported Community Development Shield Uganda technically and helps form 23 youth groups in Bala Sub county in which youth empowerment through agriculture were done. NCBA CLUSA after exiting donated office firnitures to CDS Uganda.
Private sector foundation Uganda. (2017 - 2018)
With support from world Bank through Government of Uganda, Private sector Foundation Uganda sub granted Community Development Shield Uganda to train 34 young people on modern passion fruit production. Demonstration site was established for continuous learning purposes after the main funding ends.
Plan international Uganda (2018 - Date)
Community Development Shield Uganda implemented I decide project phase I with the goal of Adolescent Boys and girls aged 10 -18 years from Lango and Acholi sub regions protected against child marriage and empowered to enjoy their sexual reproductive health rights in a violence free society that values girls. This project used Champion of change methodology in its implementation. Clubs were formed in each village of 30 girls and 30 boys of age 10-24 years.
The Pollination Project (2019)
Community Development Shield Uganda increased access to safe water through construction of protected hand dug borehole. Water user committee were formed and trained on basic water source protection, sanitation and hyiegen. Close to 500 people benefited from the project.
Labdoo (2022 - Date)
With donated laptops, CDS Uganda is training youth in ICT. This training is aimed at supporting the integration, inclusion, involvement and empowerment of youth and women in communities into the development paradigm shift and giving a choice for access to utilization of available resources.
Senior Expert Service (2022 - Date)
CDS Uganda have developed its strategic plan with the expertise of Dr Axel and Kim Mehl from SES Germany in October 2022. This was the first assignment to be hosted by CDS Uganda and it involved exchange program African German Youth Office that saw the arrival of young expert Kim mehl.
All the Sky foundation (2022)
Through its fiscal sponsor, Community Development Shield Uganda received funding from all the sky foundation to build capacity of 50 adolescent girls and young women to response to the economic damages created by impact of covid 19, Russian- Ukrain War and Climate Change . These women were skilled hands on in how to make charcoal briquettes using Local Materials.
Federal Award. Ambassador self help program (2022 - 2023)
This project increased access to safe water and basic sanitation through construction of 5 protected spring well in omoladyang parish, Bala Sub County, Kole District. Water user committees were formed and trained in water source functionality and Management. Hand Washing facility were provided to each water point constructed to improve on the basic hygiene practice.
Windwood Millers Limited (2022 - 2024)
This project is supporting the youth to earn income by training them on the production of Fresh Cassava Roots (FCR) which is a raw material for their Flash drier factory and soybeans which can be used for blending HQCF.
Plan International Uganda (I decide phase II 2022 - 2025)
With support from ministry of foreign affairs finland, plan international Uganda is supporting Community Development Shield Uganda with the aim of Addressing low level of accessibility to Adolescent Gender Responsive Youth Friendly SRHR Services in Kole District.
Enventure (2022 - 2025)
CDS Uganda is implementing is promoting the use of cost effective cooking stove. This project aims to increase access to low cost, low carbon technologies that advance the health and sanitation of current living standards while improving the environment.
Hilden Charitable Fund (2023 - 2024)
This project of supporting local communities sustain water point functionality and management seeks to increase access to safe water and basic sanitation within rural communities by training water user committees as hand pump mechanics and spring well mansions to enhance the functionality and sustainability of water points. This project is intended to improve management and functionality of water points and sanitation services in Kole District, Northern Uganda.
Other Network Partners
Community Development Shield Uganda is a paid up member to Youth Advocacy network Uganda, Uganda National NGO Forum, National Coalition of Human Rights Defender Uganda and Lango civil society network. We champion issues ranging from human rights, peace building, governance and accountability at community level.
MTN FOUNDATION (Under change makers program 2024)
This project seeks to increase access to safe water and basic sanitation by empowering local communities to construct 7 protected spring wells in Kole District. This project will contribute to improved health of the local communities. Project beneficiaries will make contribution mainly in kind inform of local materials, casual labors, food, accommodation for skilled technicians, stores for procured items and tools while the project will provide technical support, equipment and high grade materials like cement.
The project will also integrate an innovative financial inclusion approach- the Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) concept into the training of Water User Committees and support them with assorted basic supplies to implement the VSLA concept for WASH sustainability. This will ensure systematic collection and good management habits to be able to meet maintenance cost. Hand washing facility will be provided at each water point to improve on hygienic practices.
Scholars for Social Change (Oct 2023-Sept 2026) Phase 1
Scholars for Social Change 2023-2026 (Oct 2023-Sept 2026) Phase 1. Funded by Master Card Foundation Through Crossroad international.
Different training, pre and post-placement: Soft-skills and transferable skills-building training with learning and skills-building outcomes including problem solving, leadership, teamwork, personal development, critical thinking and communication.
The preplacement training will include formal and structured modules developed for Crossroads VCP and also provide adapted content developed specifically for the SSC program including orientation on the community development sector in their country, gender equality including women's rights, prevention of sexual violence, gender-based violence and safeguarding new knowledge they require to upgrade their skills and abilities.
Fellows will also receive preplacement orientation on their placement organization and the cities/location of their placements when it is not the area of the country where they come from.
Ongoing personalized career development support and job search training during their placement to enable a transition toward dignified and fulfilling work, aligned with their experience, field of expertise and commitment to transformative leadership.
This support will include monthly one-on-one virtual support and a self-directed learning platform with modules on resume building, interview simulations and job search techniques and tools, access to mentorship opportunities.
After the end of their fellowship, the program will provide support to Fellows through one-on-one meetings with the SSC program staff supporting their job search for six months after the end of their fellowship.
Take part in the transformational and sustainable development for the youth and other vulnerable people.
Community Development Shield Uganda is running active fundraising drive on given gain website and is looking for online Fundraisers who will plan and oversee campaigns and events to raise money and other kinds of donations for an organization. They ensure that campaigns are effective by sharing the campaign links with wider audience through different channels but not limited to social media. They will also design promotional materials and increase awareness of the organizations work, goals, and financial needs.Show Interest
Contribute towards the ongoing projects;Donate To Computer Center Establishment Donate To Protected Spring Well Construction
Proposal writers will review a request for proposal, document and other background material provided by the organization for submitting the proposal. prepare a list of questions for the team members and a list of information or material needed to help create the proposal. attending one or more strategy zoom meetings with the team to fully understand the purpose of the proposal, the requirements and expectations of the client and the team, and the subject matter of the document .Show Interest
3. Champion of Change Facilitator
We are running 4 integrated gender equality program which includes I DECIDE. Under I decide young people of age 10-24 years for social cultural negative norm change to avoid for example early child marriage and early pregnancy using champion of change methodology for a period of 6 months. This is a methodology that used to increase awareness of SRHR and break some social norms and gender stereotypes that affect girls and promote inequality that could lead to child marriage and teenage pregnancy. We train 30 girls and 30 boys separately with each undergoing 5-7 different modules. This program is also integrated with climate mitigation actions. We need onsite volunteer to help;
- To train the Champion of Change Peer Educators, mentor them and follow up on the implementation of the Champion of Change curriculum
- Verify the club hub, provide guidance on the club activities (innovation) and advocate for the group members
- Be part of the sub-county coalition
- Following up child abuse cases on teenager pregnancy
- Timely monitoring of COC groups
- Take up a club as trainer to provide hands on experience
- And any other duties that will be assigned from time to time.
Our hardworking team.
Ogole OscarExecutive Director
Aceng FionaProject Officer
Akao LindaProject Officer
Angwec ConnyMarketing & Communication Officer
Elyak Badru IssaChampion of Change Facilitator
Atine Lamzie KalifaChampion of Change Facilitator
Auma SandraFront Desk Officer
Ayo JamesFocal Point Person youth in Cassava Project
Odongo DanielAccounts Assistant
Atala PatriciaPeer Navigator
Acheles AmuhogweProposal Writer (Volunteer)
What they are saying about us
The reasons why I became involved in the project was for me to be able to interact with other people other than just the family members. I have participated in the trainings, co-curricular activities, giving support to the members and nonmembers inform of giving advice to them. Learning to embrace new nothings opens ways and avenues for one to learn and express his or herself better.
Self-esteem to speak up about matters arising in the society, creating good relationship with others in the community, knowledge in conflict resolution, sexual and reproductive rights and the ability to interact with others in the community motivated me to join the project.
Ongu Ambrose Oscar
I am trained in sanitary pads making and tailoring through this organization's programs, initially I was involving in farming and household chores that I concentrated in most of the time although I had always admired to have the skill of making clothes and having my own machine and enough skills.
I was saving and digging gardens to earn living though very young and an orphan. Am now 22 years old and an orphan who lost a father at a young age living with my mother plus 2 sisters and 3 brothers, and am the elder girl. Being among your fellow adolescents open your eyes to see beyond your current condition. Thank you so much CDS Uganda for your efforts in making my life better.
My name is Mercy, I am 16 years old and I come from a family of 8 children, before I joined the project, I was staying at home with my elder sister who supports someone in his business. I wanted to learn hands on skills but there was no money to pay for training. Am so grateful for the skills I have attained from CDS Uganda because now I can cater for my well-being.
Before I joined the project, I was staying at home with my baby and parents after I conceived when I was 14 years in school given the situation that the boy who got me pregnant disappeared and left me at our home , it was a very difficult experience for me after disappointing my parents. I had no hope in life because I was always ashamed of meeting with my friends and schoolmates because they were always looking smart and younger than me. I was able to escape all that trauma because of the wonderfull and beneficial programs at CDS Uganda.
Akello Teddy Ruth
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Community Development Shield Uganda?
Community Development Shield Uganda is youth led and youth focused non-governmental organization aimed at promoting socio-economic transformation and enhance quality of life for the people in Kole district in Uganda by educating young people in life skills and professional skills.
Where is Community Development Shield Uganda located?
Our main office is located at Te Cambia Main, Western Ward A, Bala Town Council, Kole South County, Kole District, Northern-Uganda.
- What are our programs?
Who are our target beneficiaries?
When selecting our beneficiaries, we mainly consider children, adolescents and youth.
When was Community Development Shield Uganda established?
Community Development Shield Uganda was originally established in 2013 as Bala Youth Forum.
Its formation was out of deep aspiration by a group of young, committed, active citizens and passionate graduate youth to give back to the community, create a social positive impact and do an action at home by responding to the plights of the most vulnerable groups of people.