Summary of project activities This is the Eighth quarterly activity report on support to 320 orphans with improved goats in eastern Uganda, in the districts of Kibuku, Budaka and Pallisa in partnership our donors under Global Giving understanding. The organization together with our beneficiaries continuously appreciates support of all our donors that have provided both financial, material and moral support to this project. Thanks are extended to global giving team for their wonderful arrangement that has enabled us so far obtain some external support to support the project. This is report submitted to stakeholders for stakeholder's consumption. The report is indicating quarterly project progress. In the eighth quarter, little was done by the organization due to lack of funding. The organization never realized any funding from any development partner. Critically, financial support is required due to the vast number of OVCs and their multifaceted circumstances that exposes them to a lot of vulnerabilities. Current status of Support 320 orphans with improved goats project The organization continues to economically empower orphans and their guardians in improved goats rearing as a means of raising incomes to support the orphans. However, the organization has been identifying OVCs in Pallisa, Kibuku, and Budaka districts, registering them and lobbying resources to support them. However, registration has been stopped due to the increasing number of OVCs and the limited financial resources of the organization. The board in a meeting decided to concentrate on the 320 orphans to ensure that they are fully supported before they embark on registering others.
In the last quarter, the organization never procured improved goats or passed over the first she goat delivered to the other OVCs. Three goats are pregnant and we expect to pass over the kids when they deliver in the next quarter. In the last quarter, the following were the only activities done: 1. Closely monitored the goats provided to OVCs in 10 households to ensure that they are fed and treated well. During this activity, a veterinary Doctor was involved and provided advisory services. 2. Visited 26 OVCs in 14 primary schools and one secondary school to establish their challenges at school. However, most of them study without lunch at school and this is affecting their studies. Most of them are poorly performing at school. Challenges 1. Limited financial resource is still the Major challenge because the major source of funding for the organization comes from donors and the project lacks adequate donors to finance its projects. 2. Resource mobilization skills are still a challenge by the organization and that is why the financial base is limited. 3. There is still dropout of our OVCs in schools due to hunger because the goat's project has not started yielding incomes. 4. Delay of the project to yield incomes, forces OVCs to go for child labour and dropping out of school. Recommendation The organization continues to requests all its donors to continue providing financial support and also linking this project in order for financial support in order to liberate the orphans who live depressed livelihoods
Testimony from one beneficiary
This testimony is from Ibrahim who was born in 2001 ad is now 12 years old in primary five. His parents were Margret Naula and zed Mukama who both died of HIV/AIDS in 2007 and 2009 respectively. Ibrahim is under the responsibility of his aunt Miss. Jane Kamede. Ibrahim was identified during school hours when he was under child labour. Interacting with him, he narrated the story of his suffering as an orphan. He said that her parents died, he was staying with Aunt Jane Kamede who a widow is conducting peasant farming. He said he gets one meal a day at home that dinner and lacks clothes. At school, he further said he doesn't get lunch and his life live in hard situation. Further more, he said he engages himself by digging for people after school and on weekends to secure some money for buying scholastic materials and clothes. He was promising to drop out of school due to hunger. However, he has the interest to study. The organization made an attempt to rescue Ibrahim from this hard situation. The project leader visited the aunt of Ibrahim and had meeting with his aunt in which she narrated her background and that of Ibrahim. The family of Aunt Jane is financially incapacitated and she is sick, an enable to do manual labour like digging. She narrated that her major problem is support Ibrahim because her life is also going.The project leader requested aunt Jane Kamede to allow the project provide some support to Ibrahim while at her home. The project leader requested Jane to stop allowing Ibrahim to engage in work that is meant for getting money as this is child labour. The organization pledged to provide scholastic materials for Ibrahim and promised to give Ibrahim an in improved goat rearing in order to raise house hold incomes and to use its dagger as manure for growing vegetables around their cot yard Jane Kamede got happy and owned up Ibrahim and is willing to take up the goat's project to ensure sustainable income generation. He pledged to be with Ibrahim and care for him responsibly. However, Ibrahim's prayer is to become an engineer. This story and the position exactly describe Ibrahim's life and this is how most of our orphans are obtained in rural areas in Pallisa, Kibuku and Budaka Districts.
Prepared by Namwoyo Samson Project leader
Summary of project activities This is the seventh quarterly activity report on support to 320 orphans with improved goats in eastern Uganda, in the districts of Kibuku, Budaka and Pallisa in partnership our donors under GlobalGiving understanding. The organization continuously acknowledges support of all our donors that have provided both financial, material and moral support to the project. Advance thanks are extended to GlobalGiving team for their wonderful arrangement that has enabled us so far obtain some external support to support the project. This is report submitted to stakeholders for their consumption indicating project progress. Contributions and questions for clarifications will be highly appreciated to enrich our report.
In the seventh quarter, the organization improved its support due to the funding obtained from the external donors through global giving. However, more support is required due to the overwhelming number of OVCs and their complex situation that exposes them to a lot of vulnerabilities like child labour, early sex and marriages among others.
Current status of Support 320 orphans with improved goats project. The organization economically empowers orphans and their guardians in improved goats rearing as a means of raising incomes to support the orphans. Orphans were identified and listed according to geographical areas (village, parish and sub county).
The organization mobilizes funds, trains beneficiaries, procures improved goats and disseminates them to target orphans and vulnerable children on ground that they pass over the first she goat delivered to the other OVC in the same geographical area. In the seventh quarter the following was done:
1. Provided four OVCs with improved goats from the funds realized from donors through global giving
2. Secured 500 cariandra tree seedlings and distributed to the 25 guardians of OVCs to plant as feeds for goats
3. Conducted monitoring and evaluation of the project in 25 households 4. Secured 5(five) improved goats and distributed to 5 OVCs with funds realized from donors through global giving arrangement
1. Limited financial resource is still the Major challenge because the major source of funding for the organization comes from donors and the organization lacks adequate funds to finance this project.
2.The organization lacks adequate resource mobilization skills and that is why the organization financial base is limited.
3. Some dropout due to hunger at school and go for child labour
The organization requests its donors to continue giving financial support and to link it to other donors to fund the project in order to liberate the orphans because children are the future leaders.
This testimony is from Kelvin who was born in 2000 with the late Steven Muswa and Juliet Muswa who died of HIV/AIDS in 2004. Kelvin is now a 13 year girl under the responsibility of her aunt Miss. Silvia Muswa. Kelvin was identified during school hours and when interacted with her, she narrated the story of her suffering as an orphan. She said that her Aunt Silvia was mistreating her through assigning her had tasks of local beer brewing and sale. She said her aunt was engaging her in the local bar selling beer up to late hours like 12.00 pm in the midnight. She said that most of the time she was having sleepless nights and could not go to school the next day. She added by saying that she could not complain to the aunt and she was fearing because the activities she was doing was the only source of income in the home. Kelvin was not completely happy of the life she was living in because she was mostly engaged in home activities rather than going to school. She also said that she was missing interaction with peers. In order the organization to rescue Kelvin, it invited Silvia and Kelvin to the office for guidance and counseling. The project leader and Silvia consented to reduce engaging Kelvin into bear brewing and selling activities because it was likely to expose Kelvin to early sex as she was selling bear to men. The organization urged Silvia to take up in improved goat rearing and to engage Kelvin to in that project because it could also bring income to the family. Kelvin in the last quarter with funds raised through global giving was among the orphans who received an improved goat. When Kelvin received the goat she was very happy and confessed to take care of the goats project to ensure that it generate sustainable income and to concentrate on her education until she could become complete her studies. She vowed to be a nurse or a midwife.
This tale and the position of Kelvin is true and this is the evidence of how most of orphans are suffering in rural areas in Pallisa, Kibuku and Budaka Districts.
SamsonNamwoyo Project leader
This is the sixth quarterly report on support to 320 orphans with improved goats in Kibuku, Pallisa and Budaka Districts in Eastern Uganda in partnership our donors under Global Giving arrangement. The organization acknowledges support of all partners that are giving both financial, material and moral support to the project. Further thanks are extended to global giving team for their wonderful arrangement that has enabled us so far obtain external support of 328 Dollars to support the project. This is report submitted to stakeholders for their consumption indicating project progress. Contributions and questions for clarifications will be highly appreciated to enrich our report.
Whereas the organization is trying to conduct interventions aimed at alleviating poverty among OVCs, their standing is still dreadful due to inadequate income. There is also overwhelming number of OVCs and the organization cannot afford to fully mitigate their vulnerability.
In the six quarter, the organization offered too little support to OVCs and many still continue living in complex situation that really exposes them to a lot of susceptibility like child labour, early sex and marriages among others. Child headed households are the most vulnerable OVCs living in this complex situation and are abandoning their households.
Current status of Support 320 orphans with improved goats project
The organization economically empowers orphans and their guardians in improved goats rearing as a means of raising incomes to support the orphans. Orphans were identified and listed according to geographical areas (village, parish and sub county). The organization mobilizes funds, trains beneficiaries, procures improved goats and disseminates them to target orphans and vulnerable children on ground that they pass over the first she goat delivered to the other OVC in the same geographical area
In the last quarter the following was done:
The organization requests its donors to continue giving financial support to the project in order to liberate the orphans because children are like young trees that make up a forest.
Testimony from the beneficiary
Robert was born in 2005 and is now a 7 year boy whose father was (Peter Mugendala) who died when he was only three (3) years old. The responsibility to care for this boy was taken over by his Aunt (Easter Nachamu) a widow of 35years and HIV positive. Her household is food insecure and without sustainable income generation coupled with poor housing condition and her six children.
This beneficiary was identified during home based HIV/AIDS counseling and testing by the organization with financial support from Uganda Aids Commission Civil Society Fund in Kibuku District. This beneficiary is located in Nakitende village, Nankokoli parish in Kagumu Sub County.
Easter Nachamu is keeping Robert but there is no hope for sustainable income to support the living conditions of this child who is also HIV/AIDS positive.
During interaction with the project officer of this project, Easter showed no love for Robert and was planning to abandon him. The project officer gave her counseling and accepted to take full responsibility of the child however; “the burden is too much she said”. Robert is now in primary one under universal primary school. To comfort Easter, the organization secured a local she goat and provided to her to rear in order to be obtaining income to support Robert. The organization on monthly basis provides essential commodities like soap paraffin, and some food to Easter’s household as an incentive to keep Robert.
During the quarter, when the project officer visited Easters home during monitoring and evaluation exercise, Easter found out that Easter had owned Robert and was rearing the goats. Easter expressed her appreciation to the organization for the assistance being rendered and promised to look after Robert as her real son. He pledged to rear the goat until he obtains a cow from which they will be obtaining milk for sale and consumption. Ester said, it was possible to obtain a cow because the size of the goat was good and it is among the type that produces triplicates.
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