September has been an exciting and busy month for International Refugee Trust. We have officially launched our new Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) programmes and welcomed to the team Katie, our new Fundraising and Digital Engagement Executive.
For the past year, International Refugee Trust has been working with two local Ugandan organisations – PARUDA and OCA – to develop two new programmes based on PLA to support rural subsistence farmers. The programmes’ aim is to get the farmers and their families’ lives back on track through a series of highly participatory training sessions. Their training is centred on four areas: sustainable agriculture, hygiene and sanitation, gender equity and savings and credit. We are very excited about these programmes because their approach is radically different from traditional approaches to international development. For more information on PLA, you can look at our page dedicated to Participatory Learning and Action. We will also be posting regular updates from the villagers on the blog and via social media so ‘watch this space’.
To officially launch Participatory Learning and Action and to say a huge thank you to those donors who have helped support the initial start-up of the PLA programmes, we held a small gathering on the evening of 17th September. The event was a great success and we are very grateful to everyone at Odgers Berndtson for hosting; Duval-Leroy for providing the champagne and to our trustee Hannah Read for helping to organise it.
On the 26th, we were given the amazing opportunity to present to The Funding Network – an organisation that ‘enables individuals to join together to crowdfund social change projects’. This was the first time we have presented PLA to a new group of potential supporters and we got a great response. Thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended, we raised 10k! The money donated will be going to fund pit latrines in Lira, Uganda supporting the Obaya Community Association.
We want to give a huge thank you to everyone who gave, to the Funding Network and Rathbone Greenbank Investments for hosting, and to our trustee Phillida Purvis who nominated us. Also, congratulations to the other charities – Street Doctors, Eikon and Vitality. It was great meeting all of you and hearing about your work.
With September also came a breath of fresh air to IRT, as we welcomed Katie Kurilecz to the team as our new Fundraising and Digital Engagement Executive. She will be working with our corporate partners and managing our digital strategy, including relaunching the website, so again ‘watch this space’.
This has been an exciting month for International Refugee Trust and it is only the beginning! We are very excited about all we have planned – implementing and expanding our PLA-based programmes, launching our new online and social media strategy and unveiling our new volunteering and fundraising opportunities. We will be keeping you up-to-date on all the progress, so come back to the blog, ‘like’ us on Facebook and or follow us on Twitter.