Our organization is involved in numerous projects addressing issues related to poverty, primarily through supporting vulnerable children and marginalized women
Our Education program offers;
Our approach to child protection begins with preventing abuse of any form to our beneficiaries whenever possible; it’s based on numerous strongly held convictions.
We are committed to protecting the children in our programs and those from the community from all forms of abuse and exploitation, to intervene quickly and to seek restoration and healing for children affected by abuse.
Becoming a sponsor is extending friendship and love to a desperately needy child in Uganda. Drought, famine, War and disease have left thousands of children orphaned or in extreme poverty in this part of the world/East Africa. Every day is a life and death struggle for many children who are not strong enough to with stand diseases because too much hunger has weakened their tiny bodies. Your monthly support or donation will provide basic education, and other necessities such as medical care, clothing, food and shelter. Not only will you be a wonderful blessing to the child you assist, but in turn you will experience great joy as you see your child mature and grow.
Beta Outcome Foundation provides sponsorship to over 50 children currently and experiences more demand for sponsorships from the communities with children who would otherwise not be able to attend or complete school. We also provide basics such as uniform, scholastic materials, distribution of sanitary pads, Christian teaching, counseling and guidance, community awareness and sensitization aimed at mindset change, and medication among others all aiming at a holistic child/youth development.
Individual Child Gifts/ Family Support
A sponsored child may receive his or gift from the sponsor and this may be a birthday celebration gift or a family gift and this special gift is is delivered to the child and a thank you letter is written to the sponsor by the child to acknowledge the receipt with a photo in return. These may come with instructions from the sponsor on which money is meant to be spent on a particular service like is food, house construction among others.
All sponsored children receive a the same Christmas package because many of our beneficiaries still lack sponsors and thus the money directed towards this activity is put in the pool and divided equally so that all children get an equal amount unless otherwise. A sponsor may send both the individual gift and a Christmas gift of which the individual is personal. This continuous effort to enrich the child holistically has been appreciated by all stakeholders.
Project Foundation Gifts
These are gifts sent by a sponsor to the organization to help in its functions and this is used for the mutual benefit of all the sponsored children. In the instance that a gift is sent without the instruction of use from the donor/sponsor, the Board and the Directors make a decision on its use for the good of the children and the entire organization.
The Personal Gift, Christmas gift and Project gift allows you to give a gift to your sponsored child which is above and beyond your monthly sponsorship amount. This can be your gift celebration for the child’s birthday, a response to a letter they may have written you, or simply because you desire to bless them.
women and the environment program
Women play an important role in managing natural resources on family and community levels yet are most affected by environmental degradation. In communities around Uganda, sources for fuel, water, food, forests as well as agricultural terrain is managed by women. In the instance that women are poorly informed of their environmental rights and community entitlements, there is a big impact on the entire community. Large infrastructure and development projects often bring conflict and competition within the community, between the community and government as well as businesses, over who benefits, and how from natural resources. To address this problem, BETA Outcome Foundation is working to empower women from poor communities to participate in decision-making and influence policies that affect them.
Trainings empower them to understand better and defend their rights as well as protecting the community’s economic, social and cultural interests. BETA Outcome Foundation provides poor and grassroots women with information on their constitutional rights, and permits them to share their ideas with the government. Very importantly, BETA Outcome Foundation educates women on environmental laws so they can understand their rights and how such laws can protect them in case of violations. In doing so, BETA Outcome Foundation is working to increase Women’s participation in environmental governance
Women and civic space program
Over the last few years, the space for Women Human Rights Defenders has been dwindling. Government agents are using security methodologies forestallment measures to limit public freedoms and the place of women’s groups and, including counter-terrorism strategies and COVID-19 associations. This has caused the targeting of human rights defenders, such as journalists and activists with threatening and attacks by authorities. The situation is terrible for Women Human Rights protectors. In defined and also open civic space surroundings, women human rights defenders and other nonage groups frequently suffer extra layers of difficulties grounded on their gender as a result of patriarchal norms. Civic space violations are also grounded on gender. There have been several apprehensions and detentions of Women Human Rights Defenders.
BETA Outcome Foundation has witnessed cases where WHRDs working on environmental rights have been arrested for floundering to defend women experiencing environmental injustices. Global advancements and push tails on human rights through anti-gender converse has further complicated their work. With the age of technology and with restrictions on the physical integrity of WHRDs, increased figures of women activists and protectors have resorted to new digital communication platforms. But these new spaces have also not been spared by the State which has imposed burdensome laws to govern the online space.
BETA Outcome Foundation is working to empower Women to be on the Frontlines of defending women rights. Still, the shrinking space for civil society impacts women activists and sustainable development for women and girls. BETA Outcome Foundation implements conducts aimed at generating dialogue on how women’s rights and development communities can inclusively respond to the downfall on civil society, and pushback on the restrictions women activists face that are entangling women’s equivalency and inclusion in sustainable development. BETA Outcome Foundation implements conducts that foster mechanisms for the protection of Women human rights defenders to insure their safety and security.
A free and open civil society which enjoys the rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association is vital for achieving participatory, sustainable, and responsive development. Where civil society has enjoyed a more enabling atmosphere, it has contributed to better access to education, healthcare, environmental advancements, debt relief and poverty reduction. Still, in recent times, the space for civil society to fulfill this essential function has been fleetly closing, BETA Outcome Foundation implements actions that bring together different actors to share the specific restrictions and challenges women activists face, and the impact these also have on women and girl’s equivalency, addition and capability to participate in sustainable development.
women financial inclusion and the law program
Women’s decision making is limited by laws interrupting their economic activities. Laws of such kind can affect the ability of women to save, borrow, pay or insure themselves against risk. Laws that discriminate can impact women’s demand for financial services. For instance, limited access to and control over property interrupt the ability of women to provide collateral for loans. In the same way, gender differences in getting identification can make it more complex for women to open bank accounts, especially where there are strict identification requirements to do so. Financial inclusion involves access to and use of various financial services, such as, payments, savings, insurance and credit from formal service providers.
Basic financial inclusion can comprise of a simple deposit account at a bank or a transaction on a mobile money service account. It can also entail loans from formal financial institutions or insurance products that permit women to control their financial risks. When it comes to women’s financial inclusion, there is continuous persistence of a large gender gap in access to and usage of financial services. For instance, gender imbalance can play a role in making access to identification more burdensome for women, as some laws and regulations make it harder for women to obtain a national identity (ID) card or passport or register the birth of a child as the case for men
Laws bounding women’s agency and free movement can hinder their financial inclusion
Laws restricting women’s agency and mobility can block their financial inclusion because they can limit women’s legal capacity through seeking permission; usually from a husband to carry out daily activities which can obstruct women’s financial inclusion. In most communities of Africa, the husband is legally considered head of household, which can have impacts ranging from land allocation to who receives government benefits within a household. Legal constraints can limit women’s free movement and decision making. In some communities, married women are not able to choose where to live as compared to married men. In other communities, women are not permitted work outside the home as compared to married men yet in some communities; married women can’t travel outside the home which is the exception of married men. In all these cases, women may have challenges earning independent income or living in a place that offers them the chance to work or access equal services.
Laws restricting women’s economic independence also bound their access and usage of financial services. For instance, where married women are prohibited to work, women are less likely to have accounts, formal credit services or savings. Where married women are not in position to choose where to live as compared to men, gender differences in financial inclusion are higher for women’s access to bank accounts and their ability to borrow from a financial institution
Hindrances to women’s access to and control over property can impact their financial inclusion.
Proof suggests that gender gaps in asset ownership are an influential factor hindering women’s ability to access credit. Low access to assets is also a major reason why women are denied loans, as banks can be reluctant to lend to customers who lack traditional collateral security. Family, inheritance and land laws are important in allocating assets for men and women. These laws step in to play different stages of a woman’s life-cycle, deciding what a daughter will inherit from her parents and what assets a woman can have access to during her marriage and as a divorcee or widow. In places where these laws are favorable, women have greater economic independence. Most communities have customs and traditions that guide how marital property should be used and that decide the allocation of assets between spouses. Most options are full or partial community property ownership or separate property ownership.
In complete community property ownership, the property of either spouse obtained before and during marriage is considered as joint property regardless of who met the bill for it. In partial community property ownership assets obtained before marriage are considered as the separate property of the acquiring spouse and assets acquired after marriage are considered as the couple’s joint property. In separate property ownership, each spouse retains ownership of and control over property they purchased. In the same way, the recognition of women’s unpaid work through recognizing non-monetary contribution is considered in some communities.
Imbalanced inheritance rights are also a hindrance to women’s financial inclusion
Access to assets through inheritance is also relevant for women and girls. Widows may depend on inheritance for financial security, and daughters may become more economically independent and have greater educational opportunities if they are given equal inheritance rights with sons. Improving women’s inheritance rights can lead to improved outcomes. In one of the studies by BETA Outcome Foundation, it was found that improved inheritance rights led to a greater likelihood of women having bank accounts. Women are also more likely to have housing finance where inheritance rights are balanced for widows and daughters. One possible explanation for this is women may have fewer assets to use as collateral where inheritance rights are imbalanced. It is also important to look at how accounts transfer when the account bearer dies.
In Uganda, for instance, it is hard for widows to have access to their deceased husband’s bank account. MTN’s policy on Mobile Money accounts states that account balances stay in the deceased’s account until they are claimed. However, wives are not able to automatically claim their husband’s account money. The policy requires that when a Mobile money subscriber deceases with a will, the next of kin must avail copies of the death certificate, ID and grant of probate to MTN. If a Mobile Money subscriber deceases without a will, the next of kin must also present letters of administration. This is also to banks and other financial institutions. If no one claims the money in a period of two years, it is transferred to Bank of Uganda. Allowing a husband to name his wife as a beneficiary at the time the account is opened can challenge these procedures and make a difference for widows.
Lack of credit histories can obstruct access of women to finance
Access to formal credit relies heavily on asset based lending, but where women have less access to property, they are less likely to use it as collateral. Information sharing institutions, such as credit bureaus and registries, are vital determinants of private credit development. Where they put together the types of reputation collateral that women are more likely to have, such as a record of successful repayments to microfinance institutions or retailers, this may assist women in building their credit histories and ultimately access finance. However, in many communities, well established credit schemes are rare. Yet where they do exist, they may hinder themselves to meeting high loan amounts that rule out the vast number of female borrowers who have smaller loans.
Women’s leadership is minimal in the banking sector and decision-making bodies
Recent studies present how female participation in the banking sector and decision-making bodies can have a positive impact on financial inclusion. For instance, access to the internet, mobile phones and financial inclusion are especially connected to the availability of women in leadership roles. Studies on female leadership in other decision-making bodies have presented impacts on issues affecting women. For instance, female representation in national parliaments at levels of 25% and above makes it more likely for discriminatory property laws to be reformed in the next 5 years in comparison with 15 years before such levels of representation.
When it comes to corporate boards, some research links gender diversity to better company performance, including in areas like greater returns on sales and assets. Women are also under represented at senior levels in the financial sector over-all. Recent information gathered from largest banks, insurers, asset managers and professional services firms present that only 25% of top executives are female. At BETA Outcome Foundation, we work to increase women participation in leadership positions in the banking sector and decision-making bodies.
BETA Outcome Foundation is working to implement actions that link between women’s financial inclusion and the legal environment. However, it requires more work to be done. Husbands still control marital property and sons still hold a higher inheritance percentage of the deceased parents. Prevailing social norms do not permit complete overtake of constraints to women’s financial inclusion, but rather increasing steps. Legal reform is a vital element that requires to be fixed in broader strategies to develop
WOMEN AND CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAM
Women have ascertained to be leading the way towards more equitable and sustainable solutions to climate change. Crosswise sectors, women's creativity and expertise have transformed lives and livelihoods, and enlarged climate resilience and entire well-being. Women's vulnerability to climate change originates from a number of factors ranging from economic social and cultural.
Why the women are more vulnerable
70% of Ugandans living in poverty lives are women. In urban areas, 40% of the poorest households are led by women. Women predominate in the food production (50%-80%), but they own less than 10% of the land. Women show a high percentage of poor communities that are so dependent on local natural resources for livelihood, particularly in rural areas where they manage the major role for water supply at household level and energy for cooking, as well as for food security. Women have less access to and control of resources; they have isolated participation in decision-making, and are not involved in the disbursement of environment management benefits. Effectively, women are less able to confront climate change. During extreme weather such as droughts and floods, women tend to work even more to secure household livelihoods. This will leave limited time for women to have access to training and education, grow in skills or earn income.
Across communities the effects of climate change impact women and men differently. Women are most of the time responsible for putting together and producing food, collecting water and sourcing fuel for cooking. With climate change, these responsibilities are becoming more difficult. Extreme weather events such as droughts and floods have a greater effect on the poor and most vulnerable as 70% of the poor in Uganda are women.
Despite women being unfairly affected by climate change, they play a vital role in climate change adaptation and mitigation. Women have the knowledge and understanding of what is required to adapt to changing environmental conditions and to come up with practical responses. However, they are still a largely unconsidered resource. Confined land rights, lack of access to financial resources, technology, training and low access to political decision-making sectors most of the times prevent them from playing a full role in handling climate change and other environmental challenges. Releasing the knowledge and capability of women reflects an important opportunity to tail effective climate change solutions for the benefit of all.
Climate change shows the most complex challenge of our time; it requires a proactive, concerted and holistic response. Gender imbalance may limit the resilience and adaptive capacity of women, communities and families. It may also bounds options for climate change mitigation. Proof shows that women’s empowerment and advancing gender balance can deliver results across a variety of sectors, including economic, food security and health.
It can also bring about more environmentally friendly decision making at household and national levels. At BETA Outcome Foundation, we are working to enlarge understanding of the links between gender balance and climate change. BETA Outcome Foundation is working to ensure equal space and resources for women and men to involve in climate change decision making and action at every level. We are working to make sure that resources including climate finance are accessible to both gender and designed to generate common benefits, not provoke patterns of inequality.
WOMEN'S FUND PROGRAM
Under this program, BETA Outcome Foundation offers Small Grants ranging from $500-$1000 specifically for Women’s projects: The grants are used to implement grassroots projects empowering women and girls in poor communities in the following focus areas;
BETA Outcome Foundation does not provide small grants for;
Small Grants Application
All interested applicants must complete and submit a letter of Intent (LOI). The letters are received on recurring basis. After the LOI is reviewed, your group may or may not be invited to move forward in our funding process, with the completion of our full application.
To apply for a grant, send your letter of intent to firstname.lastname@example.org