About us

Community First (COFI) is an indigenous NGO registered under the Ugandan National Bureau for NGOs Act 2016 Section 45. It was founded in 2017 by Mr. Bruno Naho and Mrs. Judith Manano. We exist to serve the marginalized and vulnerable communities in Uganda. Our mission is to engage vulnerable and marginalized communities to establish their own needs and empower them to improve their lives.

We are an operational and advocacy-focused NGO, responding the global challenge of integration and resettlement. Our current community of engagement is the Somali Urban refugee community living within the Slums of Kisenyi Kampala. Our approach is a community-centered engagement through the collaborative participation of the community members as key stakeholders in the solutions to their challenges. Our interventions are intended to transform the community into thriving, self-sufficient groups- socially, economically, and psychosocially.

Mission

To engage vulnerable and marginalized communities to establish their own needs and empower them to improve their lives.

objectives

Awareness

To establish the crucial needs of vulnerable and marginalized communities.

EMPOWERMENT

To empower communities to improve the livelihoods of their members.

ADVOCACY

To advocate for these communities and link them to critical services that they lack.

INTEGRATION

To help integrate the community members as active contributors to the larger societies they live in.

goals

Integration

  • To enhance communication competence and participation in social, development & economic platforms in the widely spoken English language.

Enhance social integration with host communities through formal and informal engagements.

Enhancing economic freedom:

  • Enhance economic empowerment through skill development; soft, practical & vocational skills for job creation or gainful employment.

Enhancing access

  • Sourcing services to fill access gaps and meet felt needs, such as healthcare & legal aid.

Physical and mental health

  • Promote emotional, mental & physical wellness through counseling, & positive leisure activities e.g., futsal (soccer), aerobics, and child development programs. 

our core values