2.0. WHO WE ARE:
KANEKA Rural Clinics Advisory & Nutritional Centers International –KARUCAN International-[KARUCANI] Is a registered NGO Number S.5914/4381 was established in 1997 due to a glaring disparity in access to health care / Social Services by the rural community compared to the urban ones; and the lack of an organization, at the time, dedicated to offering advisory services in the areas of HealthCare/Nutrition & Socio-Economic Services for the general population especially the Most At Risk Population [MARPS] Including, Youth, Orphaned and Vulnerable Children [OVC], Women, PWDs, and PLWHAs, Disaster Survivors, Refugees, The purpose for its establishment was thus to generate evidence on these community needs and use it to design programs that promote equitable and affordable access to Social & health care by addressing the structural barriers.
2.1. Organisation Values:
KARUCANI has established fundamental guiding principles that shape its work and form the basic standards for decisions and actions. The staff and Management behaviour and performance is regularly assessed upon the following core values:
Values Corresponding Behaviour
Professionalism • Thorough knowledge and skills of one’s field of competence
• Ethical conduct of business
• Performance according to the one’s profession and expectations of others
Accountability & Transparency • Responsibilities for our actions
• Commitment to the organisation’s mission
• Openness to public scrutiny
Mutual Partnership • Building lasting relationships based on mutually beneficial objectives
• Formalization of partnerships and respect of agreements, and lines of communication
• Regular communication and reporting on issues pertinent to the agreed objectives
Team work • Proactive participation in all organisation’s activities
• Collective responsibility
2.2. Our Vision:
‘To have a Healthy and Empowered Community with Improved Livelihood’
2.3. Our Mission:
To facilitate communities to attain good health and livelihood through strengthened community- facilities linkage frameworks.
2.4. Strategic Objectives:
1] To Promote and strengthen Community Based /Primary Health Care programmes for the delivery of holistic health care Services.
2] To Support and Promote poverty Alleviation Programme [PAP] activities/Services through Socio-Economic Empowerment Strategies [SEES]
3] To Promote and Support Early Childhood Development [ECD]/Orphaned & Vulnerable Children [OVC] programme activates/services.
4] To promote and Support Most At Risk Populations [MARPS] [ Including Refugees/Disaster Survivors, Orphaned & Vulnerable Children, Women, PWDs, PLWHAs]
5] To Promote Food Security and Nutrition initiatives through Community Agricultural extension programme [CAP] Activities/Services
6] To Promote Water /Natural resources and environmental Management/ Protection programme [WANEMA] activities/Services.
7] .To support and promote Human Rights/Good governance and Advocacy programme Activities/Service
2.5. Program Areas:
I] Health [Including: Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal &Child Health [RMNCH], HIV/AIDS TB Malaria]
(ii) Socio –Economic Empowerment
(iii) Early Child Hood Development [ECD]/ Orphaned & Vulnerable
Iv] Most At Risk Population [Refugees, Disaster Survivors, PWLHAs PWDs,].
(v) Agriculture [Food security & Nutrition]
(vi) Water/ Natural Resources &Environmental Management
(vii) Human Rights, Good governance& Advocacy. [Including: Ending Violence against Children & Adolescent Girls [EVACA], Ending Violence against Women [EVAW], Men’s Protection against Demostic Violence/Sexual Gender Based Violence] [MPAD/SGBV]
2.6. Our Approaches
ii) Capacity building
iii) Knowledge Management [Research and Documentation]
iv) Partnerships, collaboration and strategic linkages
3.0. KARUCANI Governance and Management
3.1. Annual general Assembly: This is the highest decision-making organ comprising of all members organizations of KARUCAN. It sets the strategic direction of the organization, approves annual financial and program and forms a critical mass for advocacy.
3.2. Board of Directors (BOD) and BOD sectoral committees: The BOD provides overall policy direction and oversight to the management. It ensures that organizational policies are adhered to and the programs are aligned to KARUCAN mission. The BOD exercises its oversight through its technical, finance, administration and audit committees. It ensures that the organization is held accountable to its stakeholders through the AGM.
3.3. Senior Management Team (SMAT): Led by the Executive Director, the SMAT oversees the implementation of KARUCAN programs and policies. It’s also responsible for resources management and accountability.
3.4. Financial management:
The above structures, that is, AGM, BOD and SMAT work together to ensure that KARUCANI financial, budgeting and accountability procedures conform to acceptable standards. KARUCAN has institutional policies in place that guide the above process. They include Human Resource policy, Finance Management policy, Anti-fraud Policy and Risk Management Policy. KARUCAN uses QUICKBOOKS® accounting package for easy tracking, storage, analysis and reporting of financial information. Annual financial audits are conducted by an independent firm agreed upon by the AGM.
4.0. PART.2:CAPACITY STATEMENT TO MANAGE, IMPLIMENT AND SUSTAIN ORGANISATION PROGRAMME / PROJECT ACTIVITIES& SERVICES:
KARUCAN International believes in evidence based advocacy and programming. That’s how sustainable solutions to community needs can be provided. The strength of KARUCANI in Programme/ Project Management, lies in part, in its structures and staff. The following staff form technical framework for strategic Institutional Administration & Management at KARUCANI
4.2. KARUCANI Community Health & Social Centers
Uganda National Minimum Health Care Package [UNMHCP] Policy should be followed by availing service including PMTCT. KARUCANI owned a 24 hours/daily Community Referral Health Center III in Kasese Municipality and runs eleven (11) monthly community satellite clinics in nine (9) sub-counties across the district.
On the Same Note, KARUCANI expanded its Services under Socie-Economic Empoermrnt [SEE] Strategy, with focus on Women, Youth and Orphaned and Vulnerable Children [ OVC] and Refugees This is done through, SelfReliant Skills training in Handcraft Making, in Kasanda, South County with 4 outreaches in selected Sub counties /Parishes of of Kasanda, Kalwana, Kabulubutu and Lusana in Mubende District The demand has increased and we are now expanded the geographical area coverage at Country level. The demand increased following the National Livelihood Strategy in connection with UN MDGS.
4.3. KARUCANI Community Owned Resource Persons (KORPs)
The 21 years KARUCANI has been in operational has seen it establish, train and support in 7 sub-counties the following community owned resource persons (CORPs): Village Health Teams (VHTs), Community ARV Adherence Support Agents (CASAs), Student Associations, Youth and Women Groups. All these play different roles in their communities and will continue acting as agents of any Development, partnership and linkages, established.
4.4. KARUCANI Social and political acceptability
KARUCAN initiatives find favor in the social and political arenas in the districts/Regions of Operations, mainly due to their being pro-poor. It will therefore build on such to support such collaboration and Developments.