Monday, December 30, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

We have 1320 jackfruit trees to donate to another Uganda based nonprofit

Hello Family, does any one know a grassroots organization in Uganda that is also promoting FOOD TREES planting with youth or women? We have an extra 1320 jackfruit trees to donate to another nonprofit. As you maybe aware, Uganda needs combined efforts to ensure that we sustain our food security systems, conserve the environment as well as undoing effects the huge environmental degradation. ICOD Action Network believes that the more partners we bring on board, the easier it will be achieve national food security and environment conservation goals. We are excited to partner with other organizations with similar goals. Please read about ICOD Action Network's food trees project here and also, remember to send the name and contacts of the organization you know to and our team will contact them.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Support our campaign on Indiegogo

ICOD Action Network believes that working with communities to grow and share healthy food helps cultivate healthy communities able to sustain themselves in future. Since 2008, we have been using community organizing and agriculture as a catalyst for social change by bringing people together across social, economic, and cultural barriers.

ICOD ACTION NETWORK staff have been able to produce 6325 jackfruit trees in 2013 all of which were distributed free of charge to school children. We are committed to the idea that food  and fruits should be available to everyone, regardless of social and economic status. We worked hard in 2013 to ensure that food trees are freely distributed to school children in schools in rural and youth.  

To go to our campaign, click in the Image above or this link HERE 

Our Food Trees Model

Growing fruit trees provides social, environmental, and possible economic benefits. From a social perspective, growing fruit directly in communities where it is consumed provides residents with immediate access to healthy food and can improve food security in poor communities. Additionally, people gain a stronger sense of connection to the food they consume if they know how it was grown and where it came from.
  • From an environmental perspective, locally grown produce has the potential to reduce air and water pollution related to conventional food production and transportation. Trees grown have immediate and direct impact on the environment and help reset degraded local ecosystems.

    The goal is to plant 5000 fruit trees in local communities so as to promote self-sufficient food production and overcome environmental degradation due to human activity.
    Our Approach
    ICOD Action Network believes that children "own the future" and has set up mechanisms to mobilize and encourage children to directly take charge of their environment and food by planting food trees. School children have been mobilized and trained in planting food trees of mangoes, papaya and Jack fruit in their respective communities. School in Lyantonde are participating in this project and 5000 trees have been planted 2013.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ICOD Action Network’s Human Rights Based Approach in programming and joining the global converation on Human Rights - Blog Action Day 2013

As a community based organization, ICOD Action Network maintains the belief that all human beings are created in the image of God, underlining the equal value and the inherent dignity in all human life. 

ICOD Action Network chose to work within a human rights framework, because it believes that this framework among other benefits creates a common platform for action for communities, donors and  implementing organizations like NGOs, Faith Based Organizations and the private sector. In its rights-based programming, ICOD Action Network works with six guiding principles. The are as follows;
1. Accountability
ICOD Action Network attaches great importance to this element and considers it an essential principle in it rights-based commitment for increased protection and realization of human rights. Accountability is the basic and outstanding operational principle in all projects implemented by the organization.

2. Universality
ICOD Action Network  believes that human rights are inalienable in the sense that they cannot be selectively granted or withdrawn but represent inherent claims and entitlements for all human beings, regardless of class, ethnic background, gender, religion, caste e.t.c.

3. Equality/ non discrimination
This principle is important in our planning projects targeting marginalized communities and those excluded in our area of operation in order to ensure and strengthen their claim for;
·      An equal voice in the distribution of resources and rights.
·      Real access to and control of these resources and rights.
·      Equality in legislation, policy and administrative practices.

4. Indivisibility / inter-relatedness
ICOD Network recognizes the importance of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights. By so doing, ICOD Action Network acknowledges the multidimensional aspects and causes to poverty and marginalization and believes that a holistic approach must be taken in analyzing human rights deficits in overcoming poverty, exclusion and oppression.

5. Participation
The right to participate in public affairs is a human right, recognized in international human rights standards. ICOD Action Network always analyzes the systematic barriers to participation for the poor in development and has continued to empower the poor to overcome these barriers and claim this right. This principle has helped alter existing power relations in some communities were we work. 

Source: ICOD Action Network website

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

My 1000th Smile

This is a video about Harriet; the 2013 beneficiary of the ICOD Action Network and GlobeMed at Arizona State University Housing and Sanitation Project. Harriet lost her husband to HIV/AIDS leaving her with 4 children aged between 2 and 10 years living in a collapsing house, with no access to safe water, food, health care and with basic sanitation facilities like a pit latrine. In July 2013, ICOD Action Network and GlobeMed at Arizona State University started building a new two roomed house and a pit latrine that was handed over to her on September 30, 2013. She said she has smiled about 1000 times since July which is the reason  for "My 1000th Smile" READ MORE about our Housing and Sanitation project here

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