2013: A LOOK FORWARD TO THE YEAR AHEAD AT APP
Welcome to the first APP Newsletter of 2013. We hope that the year has gotten off to a good start. We are excited about what the coming year holds for our work and our ability to bring dignity and hope to people in prison in Africa. Thank you for partnering with us in 2012 – we hope you will continue your support in 2013.
This year we are refining our work in Uganda with greater focus on three key areas: development of health and education infrastructure in partnership with other organisations including Book Aid International; capacity building programmes for prisoners and prisons staff, with a focus on Functional Adult Literacy and lifeskills; and sanitation work – working with Uganda Prisons Service to achieve their aim of replacing the bucket system with toilets available to all inmates and staff.
In the coming months you will hear more about work we are doing in UK to make scholarship opportunities, initially in international public health, education and law available to senior prisons staff, alongside the opportunity to spend time on secondment in UK criminal justice institutions. Combined with the distance learning opportunities offered by the University of London which we promote and support, this year we expect to contribute to the development of leaders in prisons services around Africa.
Thank you for taking the time to read this update. We are always glad to receive your comments and hope that you will share the newsletter with those you think would enjoy reading it.
Happy New Year!
APP Director General
“This year we expect to contribute to the development of leaders in prisons services around Africa.”
2013: THE VIEW FROM UGANDA
As we begin 2013, APP Country Director Brenda Simpson provides an overview of the planned programmes for this year.
Before we look ahead, I would like to very briefly recap our achievements of last year. 2012 saw growth in our programmatic areas including an increase in funding for our HIV inmates. APP also registered a significant interest in our proposed Functional Adult Literacy feasibility programme. Towards the end of 2012, key APP staff agreed that going forward, our programmes need to demonstrate impact, scalability, replicability and sustainability.
In Uganda, we are poised to achieve our objective of enabling prisons to be places of transformation and to maximise the organisation’s impact and effectiveness. The success of APP hinges on the ability to demonstrate impact in programmatic areas that are scalable beyond Uganda. Whilst it is instrumental to achieve this significant programmatic shift of international transferability, it is also important to invest in developing our corporate governance, human resources and infrastructure.
Programmatically, the plan is to concentrate on building up a list of key programme areas which will demonstrate the best value for money and achieve the impact mentioned above. We believe that these include:
Innovative and sustainable health and educational infrastructural development using sustainable materials and approaches.
Educational and health programmes that transform individuals from a life of crime and poverty to a life of hope, dignity and a possibility of an alternative respectable life.
I am pleased to announce that we are planning to set up our first ever field office in Gulu which is recovering from decades of war in Northern Uganda. I can also announce with much pleasure that to achieve the ambitious programme above and in a bid to better secure our corporate functions, we have added to our senior staff and we will keep looking out for talent which will continue to drive excellence in APP.
In the next newsletter, I will introduce to you the new faces that we have added to the family and I am also looking forward to sharing with you the progress of our ambitious work plan.
APP Country Director
“The success of APP hinges on the ability to demonstrate impact in programmatic areas that are scalable beyond Uganda.”
WANT TO SUPPORT APP IN 2013?
This year is going to be one of great progress for APP, with ambitious plans to expand our programmes on the ground in Uganda. However, we can only continue this with your ongoing support. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to give a little bit back and support a charity, why not do this by fundraising or volunteering for APP!?
Here are just some of the ways you can get involved in 2013…
Take part in the Land’s End to John O’ Groat’s cycle challenge
Taking in all the beauty of the British Isles, this iconic route is not for the faint
hearted. If you are ready for the challenge why not choose APP as your charity of choice? With expert guidance every step of the way, this is a life changing experience and one you will never forget. Details on how to take part are attached to this newsletter.
Become a Friend of APP
APP currently has a small but very supportive group of ‘Friends’ who donate monthly and support us in many other ways. Why not join this special group and get regular updates on our work, invites to our events and the chance to meet and network with other regular supporters of African Prisons Project?
Donate to APP
85% of all funds raised by APP go straight into our programmes in Uganda and for every £1 we raise, we raise another £1 from gifts ‘in kind’ and pro bono support. By donating to APP, you can feel safe in the knowledge that your money will be spent on projects and support for some of the most vulnerable people in society. Contact us to make a donation, or visit APP’s Just Giving page.
Volunteer for APP
There are many ways in which you can volunteer for APP. From providing your support and knowledge in a certain area and helping us develop our strategy, aims and objectives to putting on a fundraising event in the UK or volunteering in Uganda with our team in Kampala, the possibilities really are endless!
If you are interested in donating to APP or would like to get involved in any other way, please contact us and help us make 2013 a year to remember!