A River Blue Update
A River Blue (ARB) is a community base NGO working in Alebtong district in northern Uganda. Operations are conducted out of a community based office in Alebtong staffed by Ugandans in partnership with a US-Based Fiscal Sponsor: Together We Can . ARB has been quite busy with its Oloo Community Water Project and its model for establishing a Financially-Self sufficient school.
Oloo Water Project
In this year, they have continued the Oloo Water Project with their partnership with Engineers Without Borders. The purpose of the project is to provide the war ravaged, poverty ridden community with clean water and to reduce the incidences of water borne diseases
More information regarding this project can be found here.
The Financially-Self Sufficient School Model
A River Blue has developed a model for a Financially-Self Sufficient School as a social business enterprise. This model is designed for training, production, hands-on-activities, research and development of sustainable agricultural practices while harnessing local resources to promote sustainable social entrepreneurship. With a successful implementation of this project, ARB will impact over 3500 people in the community, as well as generate sufficient revenue for the reduction of over dependency on international donor funding.
This business model has been evaluated by the Yunus Social Business Foundation and is in consideration of funding.
Some major challenges of A River Blue is facing is the lack of opportunities to local businesses, individuals, government and locally generated income. This can be partially attributed to international NGOs who operated in Uganda during the period of war crisis have registered their local branches in the country and they control access to donor funds.
ARB Prayer Request:
We are requesting for special prayer that beginning this year 2017 and henceforth, ARB gains financial, project and organizational sustainability.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35