As with most places on the globe this year, 2020 has been hard on the people in NE Uganda. Their villages are very remote so it has been easier for them to stay isolated, but they are still in danger. In the summer they had a wave of locuts come from Kenya and had some crop damage. Then they had very heavy rains whcih washed out some of their crops. It has been a tough year.The next crops will be planted in March and we hope to purchase the farm equipment then. Thank you for your help with this project. We expect to see a great improvemnt in the quality and quantity of their crops.
Sep 2, 2020
This project changes lives
By Mike Hildenbrand - Project Leader
Each year we give around 200 pregnant goats to widows and orphans in rural NE Uganda. We work in conjuction with the local government leaders and the tribal leaders. The head of the tribe selects the most needy receipient. They are then trained by the veterinarian from our partner NGO on how to care for the goat and its babies. They are to care for the babies until they are weaned. The first babies then go back to the NGO who raises them and gives them to another person in need. All future babies belong to the original recipient. They cannot eat the goats, they can only sell them or trade them. About half of the goats have more than one baby, so they can accumulate a herd in two or three years. The stories we get back from the widows or orphans are truly life changing. They provide funds for the orphan to attend school, build a nicer hut, trade for a milk cow or a bull. They have used the funds to buy a piece of land to grow a larger garden.
This is one of the most effective projects we operate in Uganda. Well worth your investment. Tell your friends!!
Aug 26, 2020
We hope to make some purchases in November 2020
By Michael Hildenbrand - Project Leader
we are making progress on this significant project. We have found some good used equipment and hope to be able to purchase some of it in Novewmber. The NGO we partner with in Uganda is going to use the equipment not only to help the villagers prepare their crops, but also plant crops of their own to sell so that they can move toward finacial self-sufficiency. The next round of crops will be planted in December.
The crops that they are harvesting now look really good. The Ugandan NGO also raised some funds toward equipement purchases by charging farmers to plow their fields. A great return on the investment we made in the tractor.