UCESCO Network, is a grassroots movement that is providing an overarching structure to organize Women groups, University Students volunteers and community members to come together, become leaders within their own communities, and effectively advocate for their rights and organize activities of giving back to their community.
We use a bottom-up approach, with groups at the village level as the lowest tier. UCESCO’s current programs provide a comprehensive structure through which communities can be actively involved in the enhancement of parks and green-space in their areas of residence. By collaborating with a broad range of constituents, including area residents, community groups, other non-profits, real estate developers, and city leaders, UCESCO’s effort shows a tangible difference in both the aesthetics and function of green space.
We continue to facilitate community groups and peer-to-peer savings networks to create an entrepreneurial investment fund for businesses, and micro-life insurance to mitigate the risks of unexpected death that can devastate family finances. We also improve parks and greenspace through community advocacy, volunteerism, and small capital improvement to the village environment. Conservation areas include farmland, forests, rivers, and streams through which we will transform Africa.
At least 15,234 community members have benefited indirectly from the women we have empowered to date. The communities we serve ultimately reap the many benefits associated with UCESCO Network projects such as increased property values, improved health, and decreased crime
UCESCO is looking forward to awarding twenty-four micro-grants every year to our women groups to support environmental improvements within their community, create new fountain and flowerbed, community garden, picnic area, the renovation of some public parks near them, a playground, an educational nature trail, and numerous landscaping projects.