As the humanitarian organisation of, UFVRA works to meet needs wherever they exist, regardless of circumstance. For our more than 1,000 dedicated staff and volunteers, there is no village too small, no community too remote, and no disaster zone too hard-hit. When they need us, we’re there.
In 2018, UFVRA provided life-changing assistance to more than 1 million people around the world, across a diverse range of sectors. While it is true that nearly 69 percent of the people were served in the sectors of Education, Food Security, Health, and Emergency Response, UFVRA also focused on other areas too, including Advocacy, Child Protection, Economic Development, and Women’s Empowerment, among many others.
UFVRA also faced major humanitarian crises. In Bangladesh, our global network responded to the heartbreaking plight of the Rohingya refugees by providing much-needed food, shelter, access to toilets and hygiene supplies, and other assistance to thousands of families. Additionally, when the Caribbean was hit by three tropical storms one after the other, UFVRA was one of the few humanitarian organizations to help several islands impacted get access to food, clean water, hygiene kits, and other vital emergency resources.
The other significant crisis we addressed was recurrent famine in East Africa and Yemen, which left over 5.6 million people displaced. As the drought crisis remains, we continue working closely with the local governments to coordinate life sustaining assistance to people in dire need. And that same dedication is true for dozens of projects all around the world. With our new 2018–2024 Strategic Framework in place, we plan to continue these diverse and transformative projects with even greater efficiency and effectiveness.
This six-year strategic framework, the first UFVRA initiative to unify all 10 UFVRA offices around the world, has already begun to provide stronger focus, collaboration, and cohesion within the global UFVRA network, while also fostering strong strategic partnerships with corporate entities and other non Governmental organizations.
The stories within this annual report serve as a testament to that crosscutting, multi-sector, and multiagency approach to global humanitarian work. But more importantly, they are a testament to those who have supported us. As we continue to put Fund raising message into action, people all around the world continue to receive the help they need, regardless of circumstance. Thank you for helping us continue to meet needs all across the globe, Peter Lee, President
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UFVRA INTERNATIONAL’S ANNUAL REPORT
UFVRA works with REFUGEES in poverty and distress In order to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action.
UFVRA supports refugee families—typically from Africa—who are stranded in Kenya, Uganda, the last waypoint before crossing the border into Kenya and Uganda and the promised refugees camp. Here, men, women, and children wait for the opportunity to continue their journey onward. Due to various political and geographical complications, it is not uncommon to wait for several years.
In support of the 200 refugee school-age children stranded in those countries, UFVRA offers school integration into 17 local public schools in KENYA, AND 7 in Uganda, as well as an UFVRA PARTNER Community Center for after-school programs in Kenya. Though their future is uncertain, UFVRA ensures that these children have the skills and opportunities to succeed, both in Serbia and beyond.
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UFVRA INTERNATIONAL’S ANNUAL REPORT 2014-216
School Feeding Initiative
SCHOOL feeding intuitive ,together with dream orphanage home, UFVRA is forefront of three-year school feeding initiative in East Africa to provide relief to communities devastated by the El Niño drought and support them on their road to recovery. The initiative targets Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
School feeding programs help curb school dropout rates during times of drought. Baseline assessments conducted by UFVRFA revealed key challenges in school attendance and participation that adequate and nutritious meals cannot address alone.
The complexity of the situation calls for activities complementary to school feeding if we hope to overcome these challenges. They include improving school infrastructure such as kitchens, food storage, and latrines; increasing access to clean water; and establishing school and community gardens. This holistic approach aims to significantly magnify the impact of the program.
In 2017, the school feeding initiative already improved the nutritional status and increased access to education for 564 students in 17 schools across East Africa. When Dream home Primary School was selected to join the El Niño Relief and Recovery School Feeding Initiative, 12-year-old Denis was overjoyed.
He could finally sit in a classroom and focus on the lesson, instead of the gnawing hunger in his stomach. ‘We don’t always have food at home,”] the sixth-grader said. “My parents don’t have work, so I don’t bring food to school.” Before the persistent El Niño drought that struck Mozambique in 2016, Elison and his family ate from their garden.
Now there are no crops and little money with which to buy food. Occasionally, Denis’s mother will travel 120 miles one way to visit her parents in North Eastern Kenya to ask for assistance with food and money, but even then, there is little to go around. Thanks to the rice-soy fortified meal offered at his school, Denis doesn’t have to worry about finding his next meal: he knows exactly where and when he will be fed. The regularity of the school feeding serves a dual purpose, too.
To feed the children, yes, but also to educate them. Across the 17 schools represented, enrollment has already increased by eight percent. For now, however, children like Denis are still excited just to have a consistent meal, especially a delicious one. “I like the food a lot,” Denis said. “It tastes even better than the food I get at home. This project is helpful and working.