KITOVU MOBILE AIDS ORGANIZATION

Kitovu Mobile AIDS organisation (popularly known as (Kitovu Mobile) headquartered in Masaka, is a not – for profit, Faith Based organisation. Kitovu Mobile was started by the medical missionaries of Mary (MMM) in 1987 as a response to HIV and AIDS crisis in Rakia district. The organisation employs a holistic approach to addressing the needs of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in 30 sub counties spread out in Masaka, Rakai, Lyatonde, Ssembabule, Lwengo, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi districts. The organisation, in a special way, targets rural areas because over there the sick and the poor have limited access to health and other services. VISION: An Empowered community with the abi...
Oct 31, 2014

The Power of Skills Training

Demonstrating the skills aqcuired in growing vegs.
Demonstrating the skills aqcuired in growing vegs.

 Since our initiative to train the youths to become entrepreneurs through the Farm School project, demands have continued to grow; we have witnessed a rapid growth in numbers of OVC acquiring the agricultural skills and in the distribution of knowledge from 200 teenager school drop outs in 2 pilot sub counties to over 3000 trainees. Though this is quite challenging, we have managed to register achievements throughout our operations. Ever since our trainees passed out last year, it is yet our pleasure to announce another grand graduation in recognition of 107 trainees (34 female, 73 male) who joined Kakuuto Farm School in 2010 having acquired skills training in sustainable organic farming which took place on the 8/09/2014. It is another way of inspiring young ones to pursue their dreams and instill determination. Each year, a set of 100 trainees graduate from the Farm school. Most of the graduants expressed appreciation for the continued support and guidance Kitovu Mobile has offered them.

According to one of the  graduates of kakuto subcounty, said “l have been given a grounding in all aspects of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry plus life skills. The acquisition of skills increased my levels of expertise in agriculture, creativity, independence and yields my passion still lies in continuing with practicing the agricultural skills to a level where it realizes the commercial potential.  I would like to be part of the transformation of agriculture so that I improve on nutrition and food security and income in my country The occasion was officiated by the Deputy Resident District Commissioner Rakai who awarded graduates certificates of adoption. They were treated to a banquet at Kakuuto sub county headquarters. A hand over of graduates after four years of training was made to the sub county leadership. Before these trainees pass out they are organized into mobile young farmers groups, this is intended to move trainees into marketing, leadership and communication skills to have more bargaining power when negotiating prices for their produce, value addition and linkage to the government and Non-Governmental organizations for ongoing support

We appreciate all the support from  our stakeholders namley financial, techinical, moral, and political among others we are confident that together we can!!

Oct 29, 2014

"With your support we shall get there"

Heifers arriving to the beneficiaries
Heifers arriving to the beneficiaries

Since the commencement of this project, there has been a steady progress and improvement in the livelihoods of the beneficiaries. The group approach has proved efficient supporting the youth through Income Generating Activities. Numerous profound achievements have been witnessed by the beneficiaries, and from the interactions we had with the group leaders, they emphasized this saying “We have been able to gain technical skills from group members as we consult each other for support, promoted skills training among fellow peers. We have also made some savings and accessed credit from our groups and for better marketing of our produce as well as established group coffee nurseries which we sell out and earn some money and sometimes get seedlings and expand on our nursery beds.”To improve on the output generated by the IGAs, Kitovu Mobile has constructed 20 rain water harvesting tanks of 25,000 liters capacity for collecting water runoff for production this is aimed at complimenting the accessibility of water throughout the year by the group members; this has reduced the impact of drought on animal and crop production. To ensure maintenance of the tanks a leader is chosen from the group to be the main over seer of the constructed tank. Besides that, the groups were provided with10 Dairy cattle (in–calf heifers) this was complimented with the construction of zero grazing units to the groups to enhance their farming activities in an integrated approach, the group members were encouraged to access land and latter they were provided with 4000 coffee seedlings as income generating activities. Agricultural training was coupled with reproductive health skills which included sanitary pad making among others. It should be noted that the Group members sit weekly and save an amount ranging from 100-500 UGX. Group projects are undertaken as well as individual income generating projects. Projects include growing of crops such as maize, coffee and beans, horticultural crops like tomatoes, cabbages and green paper. On the side of animals youth keep pigs, poultry and cattle.

25,000 litre capacity tank for irrigation
25,000 litre capacity tank for irrigation
Jul 28, 2014

With your support we can get there

we also make huts!
we also make huts!

Kitovu Mobile has moved an extra mile in supporting the youth to become entrepreneurs. This has involved the integration of skills training with psycho social support which has enabled the youth to realize their dreams. Employing the Asset Based Development model we have facilitated them to identify and realize their potentials, identify assets within their reach and have encouraged them to turn them into opportunities for social enterprises.

Using the Asset Based Development model, training in value addition and bulk selling basing on their groups as a plat form for bargaining power is now the order of the day. The project has made tremendous work towards the development of the youth through training them in sustainable integrated Organic Farming; young people are able to meet their basic requirements and as well supporting their families with some of the basic needs. For example 50% of the target beneficiaries can meet the costs of scholastic materials for their siblings in primary and secondary schools.

Overall, there was significant improvement in terms of food security and accessibility as well as increased income levels among the household. For example during follow-up, it was found out that 90% of the trainees were implementing the taught skills, 85% access more than two meals a day while 75% of trainees had their income increased by almost 3% annually. This was a big positive change compared to the situation before the MFS interventions.

85% of the trainees has earned an income on addition to production of other seasonal and perennial crops. In 2013 alone, 38 trainees bought pieces of land, 21 built temporary houses, and 8 bought cows. Generally, the sanitation has improved in almost 90% of trainees’ households.

Under food storage - individual trainees are practicing the affordable measures like sun

drying, control of pests using crushed hot pepper, Neem tree and tobacco leaves, and storing  the produce on raised platform. They learnt the importance of stores and they are trying asmuch as possible to avoid sleeping with animals in the same house.

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