Uganda
Location: Buikwe, Kayunga and Mukono Districts
Project 1: Agri-Business for Community Development (ABCD)
Project 2: Improving the Well-Being of Other Vulnerable Children, Their Household & Communities
PARTNER: International Needs Uganda
Nearly 72% of the land in Uganda is arable and 45% of East African arable land is located in Uganda. The region experiences higher rural-urban migration than the rest of the regions, with citizens taking up simple trades and white-collar jobs nearer to the capital city. Polygamy is widely practiced, leading to large and increasing family sizes. There is increased gender disparity, domestic violence and land fragmentation. The Uganda Vision 2040 identifies agriculture as a key opportunity to strengthen the economy and transform society from a peasant to a modern, prosperous country.

Project One:

Agri-Business for Community Development (ABCD)

Goal of the Project

This project is funded by SHE supporters and an ANCP (Australian and Nonprofit Cooperating Program) grant through DFAT (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). The goal is to improve the well-being of smallholder farming households in Buikwe, Mukono and Kayunga districts. And to enable poor farmers to enter into the cash economy by engaging in profitable farming so that they are able to meet their household educational, health, nutritional and other needs.

Other goals are:

  • Improve the capacities of 10 Farmer Organisations, with at least 60% women participating, to act as viable and self-enabled Community-Based Organisations by 2021,
  • Increase in profits and membership levels,
  • Improve and consolidate the household incomes of 3,250 farmers (1,950 women and 1,300 men) in the 10 Farmer Organisations by 2021,
  • 80% of partnering farmers see at least 10% annual growth in their household income due to Agri-Business,
  • 80% of partnering farmers able to meet their household’s education, health and nutritional requirements,
  • Household incomes increased by 150%,
  • 97% of households eat at least two meals a day.

Progress Update (From Quarter 3 of 2019/2020)

  • 202 farmers from 10 Farming Organisations were trained in business planning, leadership skills and credit management,
  • 75 Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) were supported and continue to improve in bookkeeping with over 2,819 farmers (65% women) to benefit,
  • 5,158 farmers were trained by extension workers and during VSLA meetings,
  • 3,369 farmers were trained and supported by Farming Organisation leaders and over 75% showed improved farming practices,
  • 569 farmers (372 women and 197 men) received loans for maize, poultry, piggery, banana plantation or other agricultural enterprises and 81% has been re-paying their loan on time,
  • Additional support for 4 Farming Organisations for coffee, soy bean or maize projects and 6 Farming Organisations have applied improved bookkeeping practices,
  • Regular field visits to support the leaders of Farming Organisations have been halted due to pandemic

To help improve the well-being of farming households so they can meet their educational, health and nutritional needs, donate today.

Project Two:

Improving the Well-Being of Other Vulnerable Children, Their Household & Communities

Goal of the Project

With funding from ChildLink supporters, the International Needs Child Assistance Program (INCAP) is supporting vulnerable children in the following ways:

  • Ensuring the well-being of children and families through meeting education and health needs,
  • Improving family incomes so families can better support their own children in education and health.

Progress Update (From Quarter 3 of 2019/2020)

  • 353 children (189 girls and 164 boys) are Linked and supported in their education and health,
  • 316 family members participated in Village Saving & Loan Association (VSLA) meetings and training to enable them to increase income and support their children’s education,
  • 639 children were supported in their health needs,
  • 638 students in 4 secondary schools received psycho-social support,
  • 417 parents attended a family sensitisation meeting across 4 secondary schools,
  • 100 children in Child Clubs went on a tour to the Parliament and National Museum,
  • 111 families received a one-year loan for income-generating projects.

 

To help boost the well-being of children and families and help them increase their income so they can support their children’s education and health, donate today.

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