Cobra and Mongoose Charity Group (Rwanda)

Cobra and Mongoose supports people living in poverty to gain access to food, shelter health and education across Asia and Africa.

Cobra and Mongoose are currently building a childcare facility in Rwanda. They are working with a NGO in Rwanda – Rwanda Volcanoes Opportunity Association. This facility will provide childcare for 35 children who will also be supplied with meals during the 8 hrs per day in care.

Universal Charitable Funds made a donation towards the KINIGI-MUSANZE daycare facility in Rwanda to support the fit out and equipment purchases for the childcare facility which will allow it to open in early 2020. The childcare centre will enable the local women child-free time to be able to work in this potato growing area and break the cycle of poverty within this region and during the build help the community in employing local labourers.

UCF directors felt the “ripple effect” will be felt throughout the community, as it is anticipated the reach of this building will be the entire village – care of the children, enabling the mothers to work, helping break the family poverty cycle and providing a structure for other uses within the community.

 

Prepare, Produce, Provide (W.A.)

5000 Meals
Prepare Produce Provide (PPP) is the trading name for the not-for profit organisation Live To Tell Your Story Inc. established in 2013 by like-minded and passionate home economics teachers in Western Australia with a vision for training and assisting young people to develop career pathways in the education, food and hospitality industries.

Over the last few years the organisation expanded its membership and developed innovative and effective projects that bring together teachers, chefs and other food industry stakeholders to impart skills to young people to prepare and cook nutritious and quality meals benefiting a wide range of social and community causes.

HUG Charity Foundation Inc. (Uganda)

Sewing and Knitting Programme Expansion
HUG Charity Foundation (HCF) is an Australian based not for profit organization that focuses on establishing sustainable partnerships between two different cultures and has been working side by side with communities surrounding Lubanda Village, in south western Uganda since 2008.

HCF currently have a very successful tailoring and knitting programme as part of the vocational studies at the Suubi Secondary School in Uganda. This programme  began in 2015, when the school first opened, with 2 sewing machines shared by 12 tailoring students and 1 knitting machine shared by 9 knitting students during that first year.

Knitting and tailoring students have been taught to make skirts, trousers, shirts and sweaters as part of these vocational classes. Among other practical, hands on learning initiatives, this also enables the students to produce the school uniforms for the following intake of students at Suubi SS.

SPELD NSW Inc

Assist with Responsive Website Costs
SPELD NSW provides support to children and adults with specific learning difficulties (like dyslexia) and who struggle to learn to read, spell, write and learn mathematics across NSW. As part of that, they support their families, teachers, tutors and schools.

SPELD NSW provide a free parent information and referral service, offer professional develop for teachers, provide information, support and resources for families, teachers and schools and offer psychological assessment of specific learning difficulties.

SPELD NSW applied to UCF for a grant to assist them to build a new mobile responsive website will help to amplify their impact and support children with learning difficulties who are at risk of school failure. Their current website is very dated, not sufficiently user friendly and has frequent technological issues.

AusCam Freedom Project (Cambodia)

Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (GEM) Clubs
AusCam Freedom Project is a registered Australian charity that was founded in 2012 by Geoff and Julie Dowse, while they were living in Cambodia.

While spending their spare time with an orphanage where they formed relationships with 70 vulnerable children, they quickly discovered that these children were being exploited by the orphanage itself.

Tuberous Sclerosis Australia

“In Safe Hands” – Toolkit for Teachers
Tuberous Sclerosis Australia (TSA) is a non-profit organisation that exists to support people living with the rare genetic disease known as Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). TSA has an almost 40-year history of helping children and families affected by this devastating disease.

TSC causes tumors to grow on a young person’s brain and heart, and then later in life in their lungs, skin and kidneys. TSC frequently causes difficult to control epilepsy, intellectual disabilities, autism and a range of neuro-psychiatric disorders (including depression, anxiety and challenging behaviours). Every week in Australia one baby is born with TSC – there is currently no cure.

Riding for the Disabled Australia (Viewbank, Vic)

New refrigerator
Riding for the Disabled (RDA) has 38 centres in Victoria and Riding for the Disabled Viewbank (RDA Viewbank) is one of those centres.

They conduct horse riding lessons for people with disabilities (mainly children) which provides physical, intellectual and social stimulation. Coaches, together with volunteers run the centre and are responsible for tasks such as property maintenance, hay slashing and fencing together with the care and well-being of horses and ponies. RDA is totally self-funded and reliant upon fees from riding lessons and small community donations.

Seacliff SLSC (SA)

Suneden Special School Project – an extension of “Beach Access for All”
The Seacliff SLSC Suneden Special School Project is an 8 week programme created and conducted in partnership with Suneden Special School (a former UCF grant recipient). The programme is tailored to the needs of participants and teaches beach safety and water awareness skills which have positive impacts that reach far beyond these activities. Now entering its 3rd year, Seacliff SLSC have revised and improved the programme to ensure the best outcomes possible for participants.

Aussie Books for Zim (Zimbabwe)

Rural School Library Setup
Aussie Books For Zim (ABZ) is an Australian registered charity with a vision of creating brighter futures through books. They collect new and gently used books mainly from Australia and ship them to Zimbabwe where they establish libraries in rural disadvantaged communities who previously had no access to books.

ABZ is all about sustainability and upcycling – turning one man’s trash into another man’s treasure! So far ABZ have shipped 90,000 books to set up over 40 libraries.