Support through Income Generating Activities has not only proved beneficial to the out of school youth but to the entire family. To date 38 (55% female) youth out of school have directly benefited from the piggery project through a pass on system and it is anticipated that by the end 2014 over 100 shall have benefited directly and 600 indirectly benefiting. It is worth noting that wellbeing of the youth is steadily improving and are to attend to their needs and wants to a certain extent. It’s our joy that these piggery projects have led them to other small scale businesses which they use to sustain their families in order to have a better life. Through these projects the youth in Bisanje have made groups and this has built their solidarity. On top of managing the pigs the youth have formed groups in which they have an internal saving and credit scheme. They normally borrow from this group fund to facilitate their income generating activities and also to start other small businesses that are beneficial to them. We are grateful for all the support from our friends who have enabled the youth think of the future and have a smile.
It was such an exciting moment to Kitovu Mobile AIDS organization and to the out of school youth to host two global giving members of staff. During this visit the Kitovu Mobile Management team lead by Charles Matovu had a brief and informative meeting where Britt lake and Alexandra discussed with members the available opportunity at global Giving website and the possibilities of kitovu Mobile making use of them. Through the sharing session, Global giving staff were overwhelmed by the enormous amount of work done by kitovu Mobile team to support the people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in a holistic manner.
After the meeting, the team visted one of the project sites where they met youth living with HIV who had been facilitated with small projects ranging from keeping local chicken to piggery projects. The youth ably explained how they are benefiting from the projects and their commitment to scale up the size of projects.
It was observed that youth didn't have approprite structures to keep their animals and birds and as a result they were finding problems to do thorough cleaning of the structuers and to maintain high standards of hygiene.
It was noted that poor housing structure did not only hinder the youth to ensure high standard of hygiene but also, it was not possible to trap manure and urine to fertlise their gardens which would help them to get high yields.
In consideration of the above mentioned challenges, in the next fundraisng campaign we have aimed at mobilising resources to support the construction of good animal structures that can trap manure and urine.
We therefore, call upon all wellwishers and friends of Kitovu Mobile to support this noble cause.
We have budgeted a piggery unit to cost $ 160 . However there is no need to worry about this big amount of money. we believe that together we can cause a change if every one contributes something.
15 dollars buy 1 bag(50kgs) of cement
20 dollars buy 1 turpline for roofing
2 dollors buy 1kg of Nails
2 dollors buy 1 pole
15 dollors buy 1 trip of sand
40 dollars pay for labour for constructing.
I conclude by this phrase " if you want to see a change you must be part of it".
Iam excited to inform you that the project is going on well. The community facilitators are giving support supervision to out of school children/youth. 90% of the project beneficiaries are so excited to see such a progress within this short period of time. Unfortunately 10% of the project beneficiaries had their projects affected by swine fever. However, kitovu Mobile is working hard with the veterinary officers to combat the situation. It is interesting to hear that out of school children/youth have higher hopes in their projects.
I am Nassuuna Shadia 18 years of age. I left school due to the death of my father. I am so grateful for Kitovu mobile and Mallory Brown for giving me the two hens. I hope these two hens will help me attain my goal of being a hair dresser. As I talk now the the two hens have multiplied into 12 hens/chicks. I think this year if all goes well; I will be able to get money from them to start running hair dressing.
My name is Nakasita Harriet aged 12 years. M y father died of AIDS and left 7 children and am the second born, into the care of my mother. She sells jack fruit in the market so as to cater for some of our basic needs. Unfortunately, she failed to raise our school fees. I hope the piglet I got will help me to supplement on our basic needs. Still this pig will help in eradicating excessive poverty at home. If all goes well i will get money to faciltate me in the tailoring course i want to persue. Thank you Kitovu mobile, thank you Mallory Brown.
The project was carried out among the Peer Support Groups (PSG) of out of school children /youth of Bisanje Local parish of Kabonera sub county in Masaka district for the period of June to July 2012. The goal for this project is Improve access to quality psychosocial support for out of school youths through acquiring basic skills in poultry and pig farming as well as gaining economic independence and objective is to build resilience among out of school children/youths through Income Generating Activities approach.
Activities carried out
1. Conduct a needs assessment among out of school children / youth in PSGs
2. Conduct awareness meeting with the local and religious leaders, Community Facilitators selected existing Peer Support groups, Parents/Guardians of the selected area/Children.
3. Conduct Skills training workshops in piggery and poultry farming
4. Start a pig and chicken farm with 27 out of school children
5. Conduct follow up visits for support supervision and to monitor project progress
20 piglets, 14 hens and 450 kg of animal feeds were given to 27 out of school children/ youth in PSGs.
Local and religious leaders, Community Development Officer, Community Facilitators and parents/guardians promised to give necessary support to children/youth to run their project
After receiving the piglets and hens, some children had this to say;
“This pig is going to redeem us as a family from the excessive poverty. Out of it I will be able to meet some of the basic needs at home; i have already made a strong sty where it is going to grow faster” said Muyunga Henry 16 years.
“I hope out of this pig i will get school fees to take me to Garage to learn mechanic skills. I’m to revise the way i use my time.’’ Said Katamba Denis, 12 years
“God willing I hope to get a flock of chicken out of these two hens given by Kitovu Mobile in conjunction with Foundation to Sustainable Development and Global Giving team. I want to learn tailoring and I believe these two hens will help me to achieve it. Thanks Mallory Brown and Kitovu Mobile” said Nassuuna Shadia, 14 year
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