We gathered with village leaders, farmers, students, and members of the most disadvantaged populations. We held communal gatherings, needs assessment surveys, and leadership councils. We listened to their immediate needs while also leading them through a dreaming process about the next 5-10 years.We listened. We asked follow-up questions. We listened some more.
We found common themes, such as: -Increased food security issues -Unemployment challenges -A lack of opportunity to create a sustainable income
We also found that lacking a central home was profoundly limiting our effectiveness in implementing programs.
These represent a big change, but one that speaks to a deepening sense of mission, identity, and common purpose. It will ensure that the legacy of Into Your Hands will be rooted in flourishing communities, just as we’ve always envisioned.
Beyond these changes, we are continuing to pursue a collective vision for how Rooted Wisdom Africa will best serve our communities. With an NGO license, we can move forward with purchasing land for a future demonstration farm where our community can gather, learn, grow and sell. We will be able to host business classes, Life Skills classes, and vocational and technical training.
We have lots more to share about this vision in the coming weeks. These are just the first steps on a new and exciting journey. We believe this mission will help our communities grow independently and interconnectedly through pathways of sustainable livelihoods, increased food security, nutrition, and health.
Thank you for all your support. Welcome to the Rooted Wisdom family. We are all connected.
Since its founding in 2007, Into Your Hands has strived to create lasting change for those in rural Uganda, and we have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Our programs have touched over 35,000 individuals, launched more than 2,100 businesses, and sent over 1,600 children to school.
So why change a good thing?
We didn’t expect to, but in evaluating our programs, we began with two questions. -How does the future of Uganda look? -Are we meeting the needs of our communities to the best of our ability?
To continue to grow and serve the community’s needs we would need to create a centralized location where people can gather to sell products, learn together, and practically apply lessons.
Such a place does not yet exist, and we have no physical location that can accommodate the people we feel called to serve.
We returned to our communities to discuss our shared vision, to recommit to serving communal needs, and made a strategic decision to shift our nonprofit permit in Uganda. This will allow us to buy and own land outright.
Through this transition, we had the opportunity to rethink our name and how it reflects our mission. We involved key stakeholders in Uganda and the U.S. to guide a reenvisioning of our identity, from our name, to colors that represent the Ugandan landscape, to our logo.