People living in Lira, in the northern region of Uganda, have been severely affected by landmines and UXOs which were scattered all over the area throughout the civil war that lasted for the past 20 years. Many people were severely injured, and had to have their legs and/or arms amputated.
As we have reported in the last three reports, AAR Japan, in cooperation with ULSA (Uganda Landmine Survivors Association), had been supporting 30 victims financially by providing start-up kits for those willing to take up a business on their own. Also, AAR Japan had been providing medical support to 15 victims, who need prosthetic limbs or physical rehabilitation in order to move around freely again.
AAR Japan and ULSA had completed this project and we are now considering to start the new victims assistance project at the different area of Uganda. We will do our best to keep helping people in Uganda. We very much appreciate all your help so far and donations afforded through GlobalGiving. Thank you for your time.
As we have reported in the last two reports, AAR Japan, in cooperation with ULSA (Uganda Landmine SurvivorsAssociation), has been supporting 30 victims financially by providing start-up kits for those willing to take up a business on their own. These start-up kits are worth about 500 US dollars each, and include items such as commodities for sale in a retail shop or, solar panels to produce the necessary electricity to run a small-scale self-owned business facility.
AAR Japan has also been providing medical support to 15 victims, who need prosthetic limbs or physical rehabilitation in order to move around freely again. Hospitals in Lira were underequipped to provide those services, and were forced to refer victims to hospitals in other regions. AAR Japan decided to financially assist Lira Regional Hospital so that they could purchase the necessary equipment and provide the needed services. The Hospital has begun its new operation and many victims in the region no longer have to travel a long distance to receive treatment.
We will do our best to keep helping people in Uganda. We very much appreciate all your help and donations afforded through GlobalGiving. Thank you for your time.
In Uganda AAR Japan is supporting landmine victims. Many of them have lost part of their body, such as their leg, in landmine accidents. Such persons with disabilities (PWDs) are facing problems earning money to live and AAR Japan tries to lessen these problems by supporting them while they receive limb prosthesis fitting, and by promoting income generating activities (IGA).
In this report, we would like to introduce Eunice, who has lost her leg due to landmine but survived. First AAR Japan provided her with a start-up package to begin a restaurant business. The package consisted of initial capital, food, and utensils. Today, her restaurant is a favorite eating joint for surrounding schools and casual labourers in the community. From her savings, her 19 year old daughter started a second line of business – a retail merchandise shop, next to the restaurant. She has also sent her younger sister to a vocational training institute to study a tailoring course and has bought for her a sewing machine. Eunice has lost her leg, but not her spirit to succeed. Though she has never been to school herself, Eunice speaks with passion about educating her siblings and giving them a decent life.
AAR Japan believes that people, with or without disabilities, have capacity to bring themselves up. Those who received our IGA support so far demonstrated so much passion, dedication, and effort to lead their business to success and earn more income to help their family members and relatives. AAR Japan will do it’s best to keep helping people in Uganda, and we really appreciate all your help and donations through GlobalGiving.
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Support for Landmine Victims in a Harsh Environment
A 20-year civil war has left the northwestern region of Uganda scattered with landmines and UXOs (Unexploded Ordnance). Most of these landmines and UXOs still remain in the ground, with injuries mounting every year. Victims often lose their jobs due to their disabilities, or sell their homes and businesses in order to raise money for treatment. According to research by the Ugandan Government in 2009, only 8% of these victims have a means of making an income.
In cooperation with ULSA (Uganda Landmine Survivors Association), AAR Japan has been supporting Ugandan victims of landmines and UXOs since 2009. At present, we are providing start-up assistance to 30 beneficiaries in Uganda’s northern Lira District, helping them start small-scale, self-owned business such as retail shops, salons, and second-hand clothing shops in order to attain financial stability.
Hope for a Better Future
In 2003, Ms. Silvia ACIO, now 40 years old, was on her way to her second-hand clothing shop when the truck in which she was traveling struck a landmine and she lost her left eye. She was hospitalized for 6 months, and she had no choice but to sell her shop.
AAR Japan provided the necessary materials for her to open a retail shop, in addition to 2 months’ rent for her facilities. Just 2 weeks after opening, she says that her business is already profitable. She told us, “I’m raising two kids by myself because I was divorced after the accident. I want to make better profits so my kids can go to school, and I would also like to have my own house.”
Another beneficiary, Mr. Komakech MOSES, 26 years old, was provided with 2 months’ rent and the equipment to open a salon. Mr. MOSES, both of whose legs were amputated due to a landmine accident in 2002, hired a hairdresser and opened his salon one month ago. Now 7 to 8 customers come to his salon each day. He told us, “Thanks to the help of AAR Japan, I’m now able to have hope for a better future. I hope more and more people will be able to have hope by being given a chance to work.”
In addition to small-scale, self-owned business support, AAR Japan will also cover the cost for treatment, hospitalization and transport for 15 victims who need prosthetic limbs, rehabilitation, or surgery to remove fragments from their bodies.
Even now that the civil war has calmed, many people continue to suffer the effects of landmines and UXOs. AAR Japan will continue its support so that these victims can have hope for a better future.
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