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St Johns Development Network (SDN) is an Organization engaged in development and relief initiatives in communities & refugee settlements in Uganda. Because we believe development should be demand driven and the human is the focal point of development, our programming hinges on human centered designing while our interventions focus on Participatory Integrated Development (PICD) approach poverty alleviation through harnessing rural IDEAS, INNOVATION and INVESTMENT and leaving no one behind

Since 2012, St John’s has been providing specialist training, assessment, and consulting services across Uganda to support individuals and organizations to unlock professional possibilities. In a bid to be more relevant to the community & connect better with the realities, the College Council mandated the College in Jan, 2022 to develop SDN as self generating non for profit arm of the College innovate solutions to some of the worlds’ most critical challenges in order to drive the agenda of socio-economic transformation.

who we work for

SDN has created a comprehensive vision strategy that builds on Human rights interventions while stretching it into a deeper sustainable community that restores Health, Education, people, economy/livelihoods and environment. SDN target group among others include; OVC, Children, Youth, child mothers, women, conflict affected person, refugees, person living with HIV/Aids and the most at risk population.
Our Vision

A community with efficient human capacities and good quality of life for sustainable development

Our Mission

To empower communities for positive socio-economic transformation.

Our goal

To enhance community development through simple, innovative and practical approaches.

Core Values
  1. Humility: - “True humility is not thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less” This is an organizational virtue that enables us to see the world as it is with all the challenges hurting it.
  2. Audacity : - “We have a dream, we have a vision, we have a mission, we have to do something, we will do it at this time”. This organizational virtue enables us to imagine how the ideal world should be.
  3. Courage : - “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid, it means you don’t let fear stop you” This organizational virtue makes us boldly create the change we envision.
Integrated Humanitarian Response

Emergency happens any time. War, Fire outbreak, floods, landslides, conflict & violence, epidemic disease, accidents, famine among others. It causes human & material loss.
In an emergency situation, the victims need critical life support i.e. Food, Shelter, medical care (Including first aid, clinical services), energy support, clothing, evacuation & relocation, tracing & linkages with lost family members, hope & emotional support, psycho social support among others.
Our programming in emergency & humanitarian response focuses on disaster risk reduction, disaster relief and humanitarian response.
Program goal: To be able to undertake effective emergency & humanitarian response to victims of disaster.

Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA):

This focuses on using participatory approaches (PHAST with BCC) to mobilize communities to take charge of their health and address their health priorities through preventive and promotional activities
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion heavily hinges on Health Education. “Health by rudimentary definition a complete physical, psychological, social, biological wellbeing not just absence of disease” Never at any one moment can an individual be able to achieve unless in relativity….therefore “Being able to strike a balance between physical,psychological, social, biological aspects of one’s self would constitute a healthy moment” “ Health is made at home and repaired in the Health facility when it breaks down” to achieve this, greater focus needs to be on prevention, promotion other than cure.

Sustainable livelihoods:

A person's livelihood refers to their "means of securing the basic necessities - food, water, shelter and clothing- of life" which involve a set of activities, including securing water, food, fodder, medicine, shelter, clothing and the capacity to acquire above necessities working either individually or as a group by using endowments (both human and material) for meeting the requirements of the self and his/her household on a sustainable basis with dignity.
The concept of Sustainable Livelihood (SL) is an attempt to go beyond the conventional definitions and approaches to poverty eradication. These had been found to be too narrow because they focused only on certain aspects or manifestations of poverty, such as low income, or did not consider other vital aspects of poverty such as vulnerability and social exclusion. It is now recognized that more attention must be paid to the various factors and processes which either constrain or enhance poor people’s ability to make a living in an economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable manner.