Vocational Training for Displaced Ugandan Children

 
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Vocational Training Program - Alice
Vocational Training Program - Alice

Dear Friends and Sponsors,

I am writing today to thank each of you for your generous support and to announce that we have successfully concluded our project, Vocational Training for Displaced Ugandan Children (#3729).  This was our first project on GlobalGiving and we are extremely Grateful for your Compassion and support in fully funding this project.

Both facets of this project, the Model Farm and Livestock Management have grown and developed to the point that they are self-sustainable.  The cassava production on the model farm has become a showcase for the region and has received recognition from national Ugandan leaders.  Many families in the region have been gifted with high-yield cuttings to augment their food security.  The goat and cow herds have grown to the point where, in addition to supplying all the dairy requirements of the 600+ children at Future Victory School, there is surplus livestock to sell or barter for other needs.  But the most important part of the programs is the personal development of the children involved.  They have not only learned real-world skills to augment their formal education which will stand them in good stead in the future, but through an active outreach to aid families in the region, these children have instilled an understanding of selfless service.  As many of the children at Future Victory School are orphaned, we believe this is the best way to integrate a sense of community and reweave them back into the fabric of society.

Thank you!

Please visit our other project in Uganda which aims to create vocational training modules for girls teaching seamstress skills, helps keep young women in schools through the creation of reusable sanitary pads and, most importantly, teaches selfless service through the sharing of pads the girls create with other girls to help them stay in school.  You can find it at: Keep 1000 Ugandan Girls in School (#8789), http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/pads-for-schoolgirls.  We hope you will join us there.

With Gratitude,
Christopher Buck
Humanity Healing International

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The Vocational Training Project at Future Victory School, the school Humanity Healing International supports in Uganda, continues to grow.  This season, the special high-yield, extra-hardy hybrid cassava we introduced to the region has continued to produce extremely well.  There was enough yield to share cuttings for 67 new families in the area.

One of the hallmarks of Humanity Healing projects is the element of community service.  We believe that the best way to reweave individuals back into the fabric of society is through the teaching of selfless service at the community level.  This is particularily true of orphaned children.  It is through the helping of others that instills the sense of a valued place in the community that is so important to children growing into well-balanced adults that will, in turn, help others in need.

As an aside, the number of children at Future Victory School has grown from 458 to 620.  Our deep Gratitude to you and GlobalGiving for helping to make this growth possible.

The Animal Husbandry program has also seen some growth. Nine goats were sold off to buy another cow, leaving 21 goats. With the birth of a calf, we are now up to 6 cows and self-sufficient for the milk supply for the current immediate needs for the school.  This has freed up funds for other much-needed supplies.

We are waiting for new pictures and will post them as soon as they are available.

With Deep Gratitude,

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Cassava Project - Vocational Training Center
Cassava Project - Vocational Training Center

Humanity Healing International is excited to share the good news from our vocational training / model farm project located at Future Victory School in Uganda.  This report is shared by Wilson Ngobi, the Administrative Director of the school.

Cassava Project

The people of Bakusekamajja Women’s Group that received a donation of Cassava Cuttings from Humanity Healing International in the year 2009 has great pleasure and overwhelmingly happy to announce to the above organization and its supporters about its success stories of their project.

  • The group expanded the field without harvesting the Cassava in mid-2010 much as the first harvest could have been registered then. The reason was to use the cuttings that had already grown at least 2 cuttings per each plant to extend the size of the garden. After increasing the size of the field from about 2 hectares, the garden has grown to 5 hectares (approximately 12 ½ acres).
  • Because this is a community garden that helps all mothers of the community to have enough food in their homes with their children, every household participating was donated in early January 2012 100 pieces of Cassava cuttings, which is enough to cover 1 hectare (approximately 2 ½ acres) of land for every home.
  • A total of 37 homes received the cuttings which, if all put into their respective use and purpose, we now project that 37 hectares (approximately 91 ½ acres) of cassava will be planted and harvested in the entire community of Bugaya Zone, Kiwungu Village in Kamuli District.
  • At Future Victory School, our current 5 hectares grown from the original donation from Humanity Healing International will continue to be maintained as a Model Farm where cuttings will be produced for future and further community support.
  • Recent efforts have included the importance of polyculture, or growing multiple types of crops in the same area. For example, in every hectare of cassava planted, farmers can as well plant beans in the same field as the beans are likely to be harvested within 2-3 months while cassava takes between 6-10 months before harvest. With the money generated from this last harvest, every household received, in addition to the cassava cuttings, 5 kgs of beans to be planted in the same fields as the cassava.

The Model Farm section of the Vocational Training Center at Future Victory School continues to be a resounding success.  From the original 2 hectares of an improved strain of cassava developed for the region, the fields at FVS have grown to 5 hectares with another 32 hectares in the local community of multi-crop plantings, greatly increasing food security in the region.  Just as important as learning the skills involved in farming, the children in the program learn the importance of community service and helping others.

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Soccer Balls for FVS
Soccer Balls for FVS

Hi,

This is just a quick report to share with you that we sent the children at the Vocational Training Center a shipment of soccer balls for their recreation time. Soccer is a great passion in Uganda and all of Africa.  When we learned that the children's request for Christmas was a new ball, we pitched in to send them a case of 25, along with a ball pump.

Although this report is not specifically about an aspect about the work being done at the Vocational Training Center, we do believe in a holistic approach to education, and structured physical activity is an important part of a child's development.  And besides, there is that old adage about, "All work and no play...."

On another note, we have opened a new project on GlobalGiving that will expand the Vocational Training Center to include other skills besides the Model Farm and Livestock Management.  We will be teaching seamstress skills as well.  Please visit "Keep 1000 Ugandan Girls in School" at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/pads-for-schoolgirls to connect with and read more about this project.  We hope you will join us there as well.

Much Metta,

Christopher Buck

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The new additions at the vocational center
The new additions at the vocational center

Dear Friends of Humanity Healing,

We recently sent out a report sharing that the recent news from the vocational center at Future Victory School is that 30 of the goats were traded for 2 cows.

The cows will provide a great source of nourishment (in the form of milk) for the children at FVS and give the children in the program the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills of livestock management.

I am attaching pictures of the cows in question.  It appears that they are also fond of the Learning Landscape which we recently completed at FVS.  :-)

As the goats produce 2 kids per pregnancy, we expect the goat herd to come back up to size quickly.

The cow seems to like the Learning Landscape
The cow seems to like the Learning Landscape

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Christopher Buck

Richmond, VA United States

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