Summary of project activities
This is the fourteenth quarterly activity report of Kagumu Development Organization on Support to 320 orphans with improved goats in Uganda. This is a project under implementation by the Organization in Eastern Uganda, in the three Districts of Kibuku, Budaka and Pallisa with financial support from donors under Global Giving provision to the community. The organization together with beneficiaries is hereby expressing their appreciation to all donors for the support of the project. Global Giving team is appreciated for the wonderful work being done that has enabled the organization to receive support to manage the project. The report expresses quarterly project developments and therefore, compiled and disseminated to our stakeholders for their utilization. The report gives details on the current status of the orphans, challenges during project implementation, recommendations and testimony from at least a beneficiary.
Current status of Support 320 orphans with improved goats project
KADO is doing a commendable work of building the capacity of OVCs and their households in improved goats’ rearing through training, breeding and dissemination of improved goats to the selected OVCs and provision of advisory services. However, many Orphans and vulnerable children have not received the improved goats. The rate of breeding is low, because of limited breeder she-goats which has made the project have little impact on ground. Some of our OVCs face challenges of lack of school uniform, do not have access to school meals and at times Lack scholastic materials.
In the last quarter, the organization managed to implement the following;
These improved goats are expensive and the organization cannot afford to procure them with the limited funding from our donors (Global Giving).
The need to pay for meals at school, purchase of scholastic materials has prompted OVCs to go for child labour, early marriages leading to cross generational sex hence being at a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.
We request all donors to be part of the organization and have a helping hand to this project for the good of these vulnerable children in the country.
Testimony from one of our beneficiary.
This is a testimony from Patricia a daughter of late Omagon and Agnes of Olok village in Olok Sub County in Pallisa district, Eastern Uganda. Patricia is a 14 year old girl living with her guardian Sylvia. Sylvia is a 68 year old lady positively living with HIV/AIDs and currently on ARVs but not responding to the treatment, this condition forced Patricia to drop out of school while in primary five partly because of lack of scholastic materials and also to take care of her sick guardian.
While at home, Patricia was exposed to early sex, conceived and gave birth to a baby boy in that hard condition where she would hardly afford even her own basic needs like food at home. During the organization’s follow up on clients, the community helped to identify Patricia who interacted with our team in the field and expressed her plight to the organization. The organization decided to take her on and took her back to school, provided the guardian with a she goat to support the family.
Patricia is happy at school and promised to study hard upto secondary level where she would then go for a course in a technical institution. This is a true story and explains the work of KADO in relation to our project of support 320 OVCs with improved goats in Uganda.
Kagumu Development Organization in the virtue of contributing to the reduction of HIV/AIDS in children and it is implementing a prevention of mother to child transmission PMTCT project in Uganda. This is the fifth quarterly activity report of the project. The project is named “offer PMTCT services to 2300 poor Ugandan women” and it is implemented in Eastern Uganda, in the Districts of Kibuku, Budaka and Pallisa in collaboration with our donors under Global Giving arrangements and the community.We extend our appreciation for the support from all stakeholders to this project that is in cash, materially and morally. KADO also would like to thank global giving team for the wonderful work being done. This report expresses quarterly project progress and consequently, compiled and disseminated to the project stakeholders for their utilization. The report gives information on the status quo of the orphans, challenges during project execution, testimony from one beneficiary and recommendations.
Project activities include but not limited to the following; monitoring and evaluation, procure stationery for the office, facilitate transportation of blood samples for CD4 Count, Community mobilization and sensitization on PMTCT, contribution to health workers welfare, procure medical drugs and sundries and testing kits and procure mama kits and dissemination to mothers during their labour periods and delivery coaches
Current Status of Prevention of HIV infection to children in Uganda
Prevention of Infections from Mother to Child services are still poor in the community due to the low level of economic status. In addition, mothers still deliver in the villages by traditional birth attendants and are exposed to the high risk of HIV/AIDS.
The under listed challenges have persistently existed and therefore need workable solutions to realize and sustain the project outcomes and impact
In order to realize an improvement in the health conditions of the HIV pregnant mothers, there is need for increased community awareness on EMTCT among all stakeholders in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS among the infants particularly in the rural communities where KADO operates.
Testimony from one beneficiary
This testimony is for Elizabeth a pregnant child mother aged 16 from Bukomolo village in Bulangira sub county kibuku District. She got impregnated at school while in senior two by a school watch man who is currently on the run for fear of being implicated in courts of law. In most cultures in Uganda, particularly in the project area when a girl child gets pregnant, she is completely abandoned by her parents. In addition pregnant girls are always forced to marry the persons responsible for the pregnancy. In case the person responsible for the pregnancy is not known or disappears, the girl is left to sit home and be provided with only food and shelter without support like medical care hence rendering her vulnerable in all spheres of life.
Since the man responsible for the pregnancy was on the run, Elizabeth did not attend antenatal because for one to get antenatal services in Uganda must visit a health unit as a couple. Equally the parents were not happy and therefore could not support Elizabeth for antenatal services reason being that the funds had been spent on her education.
It was on 14th -16th April 2015 during community outreach on immunization when she was identified and cross examined by our health worker. She was asked why she had not attended any antenatal clinic where she reported that she had no husband to accompany her for the services because at the health unit first antenatal visit should be a couple. She was counseled and advised to report to the health centre for antenatal services. She confessed that if she had been identified by our health worker she was going to abort yet it’s a criminal offence in Uganda but to reach that decision was because she was traumatized by her parents. However, she reversed the decision to abort and she made a decision to deliver in the health center. In addition Elizabeth vowed not to marry the man responsible for the pregnancy but she decided to apologise to her parents and also to request them to take her back to school in order to be in position to complete her studies. She confessed that she got pregnant because of peer group influence she therefore confessed that she wanted to study and become a role model for other child mothers in her community.
Stories of this nature are good for the consumption of the general public. This does not only educate the masses but also depicts what KADO does in her health center 111 in the area of EMTCT in response to what is on ground in the rural communities in Uganda. The story also reveals that child mothers are irresponsible with their lives during pregnancy.
This is the fourteenth quarterly activity report of Kagumu Development Organization on Support to 320 orphans with improved goat’s in Uganda project under the implementation by the Organization in Eastern Uganda, in the Districts of Kibuku, Budaka and Pallisa with financial support of donors under Global Giving provision and the community. The organization together with beneficiaries is hereby expressing their appreciation to all donors for the support of the project. Global Giving team is appreciated for the wonderful work being done that has enabled the organization to receive support to manage the project. The report expresses quarterly project development and therefore, compiled and disseminated to our stakeholders for their utilization. The report gives details on the current status of the orphans, challenges during project implementation, recommendations and testimony from at least a beneficiary.
KADO is doing a commendable work of building the capacity of OVCs and their households in improved goat’s management through training, breading and dissemination of improved goats to the selected OVCs and provision of advisory services. However, many Orphans and vulnerable children have not received improved goats. The rate of bleeding is low because of limited breeder she-goat and this has made project limited impact. Some of our OVCs in schools study without uniform do not have school meals and at times Lack scholastic materials.
The organization relies majorly on donor funding and each Donor have her work plans and budgets.
Whereas there is universal primary school programme in the country where children do not pay school fees, there is need for payment of meals and scholastic materials. Lack funds to pay for the above requirements, forces children to go for child labour, early marriages, conduct cross generation sex and are at risk to HIV/AIDS.
The organization has got limited donors funding the projectand the communities where the project is located, most of the people are subsistence farmers with low income to male community contribution.
The organization continues to request all donors to be part of us and have a helping hand to this project for the good of these vulnerable children in the country
This is a testimony of is from Mulusid the son of late of Mwirugazu Moaz of Kamonkoli sub county in Budaka district, Eastern Uganda. Mulusid is a 15 year old boy is living with his aunt because the mother is helpless and suffering from HIV/AIDS. The other was using this boy to dig, fetch water for people to obtain money to procure food at home. Mulusid was being utilized by business men to sell their goods in trading caters and paid some money. The young boy had left studies in senior two, started smoking and drinking. This project leader identified Mulusid smoking during the 2013 immunization monitoring exercise. The project leader counseled him to go back to school such that he utilizes the opportunity of the Uganda secondary education. However, Mulusid raised an issue of lack of his support and for the mother. In a staff meeting, the staff resolved to provide support to Mulusid at school and to provide assistance to the sick mother at her home which the organization is currently doing. The organization provided Mulusid she goat that the mother looks after for him. Currently, Mulusid is very happy and he is in senior three, he stopped smoking and drinking. He vows to complete his senior four and join vocational studies. Because he may not have money to go for advanced secondary level as this is expensive in Uganda.This is true story and explains the work of KADO in relation to our project of support 320 OVCs with improved goats in Uganda.