Kagumu Development Organization

To improve the lives of communities through empowerment, service delivery and networking.
Dec 1, 2015

Support 320 Orphans with goats in Uganda

Wilberforce  looking after his  goat
Wilberforce looking after his goat

Summary of project activities

This is quarterly activity report on Support to 320 orphans with improved goat in Uganda project in Eastern Uganda, in the Districts of Kibuku, Budaka and Pallisa with financial support of donors under Global Giving provision and the community. The organization together with beneficiaries appreciates all donors for the support of the project. Global Giving team is appreciated for the wonderful work being done that has enabled the organization to receive support to manage the project. The report details implemented activities implemented in the month of September and November 2015. It is compiled and disseminated to our stakeholders to enable them get the progress of the project. The details of the report is the current status of the orphans, project challenges recommendations and testimony from at least a beneficiary.

Current status of Support 320 orphans with improved goats project

KADO is building the capacity of OVCs and their households in goat’s management through training, breading, dissemination of the goats to the selected OVCs and provision of advisory services. However, many Orphans and vulnerable children have not received goats. The rate of bleeding is low because of limited breeder she-goat and this has made project realize limited impact. Some of our OVCs in schools study without uniform, school meals and at times lack scholastic materials due to limited household income of the caregivers.

In the last quarter, the organization managed to implement the following;

  1. Monitored project activities in 15 OVC households and met 22 OVCs
  2. Provided treatment for 24 goats in   10 OVC households
  3. Provided 2 orphan a she goat each

 

Challenges

  1. High cost of improved breeder goats: The organization relies majorly on donor funding and each donor has priority areas for their funds.
  2. Increased OVCs going for child labour: Whereas there is universal primary school programme in the country where children do not pay school fees, there is need for payment of meals and scholastic materials. Lack funds to pay for the above requirements, forces children to go for child labour, early marriages, conduct cross generation sex and are at risk to HIV/AIDS.

 

  1. Low project cash flow.

We have got limited donors funding the projectand the communities where the project is located, most of the people are subsistence farmers with low income to make community contribution.

Recommendation

We kindly request all well-wishers to be part of us and have a helping hand to this   project for the social economic welfare of our OVCs in Kibuku and Budaka districts

Testimony from one beneficiary

This testimony is from Wilberforce son of late of Mukesi of Bulangira Sub County in Kibuku district, Eastern Uganda. Wilberforce is now a 15 year old boy who is living with his uncle because the mother is helpless. Wilberforce was being utilized by business men to sell chapatti on the bus stage on construction sites to provide unskilled labour. The project leader identified Wilberforce at kadama bus stage in kibuku Distrct where he was identified from. The project leader counseled him to go back to school such that he utilizes the opportunity of the Mult Skilling Uganda project with support from World Bank n. However, Wilberforce refused saying he was comfortable has he was getting some money. He asked the organization to provide him with a sustainable income generation project such that he would go back to school next year when assured of income generation to pay for the school dues. The organization resolved to build the capacity of the helpless mother in goats rearing and she was trained in goat’s management and given a she goat. Currently, Wilberforce had completed primary seven last year 2014 and currently has left the business and the organization secured her a vacancy at Nagwere Technical School to take a tailoring course of which he is beginning it in January 2016. This is true story and explains the work of KADO in relation to our project of support 320 OVCs with improved goats in Uganda.  

Prepared by

Samson Namwoyo

Project leader

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Oct 7, 2015

QUARTERLY REPORT

A widow harvesting her cabbage for sale
A widow harvesting her cabbage for sale

Summary

Retention of orphan girl children project in budaka distract Eastern Uganda aims at empowering 49 widows in commercial vegetable growing to improve their family’s income to pay school meals and scholastic materials for 1200 school going orphan girl children between 12-18years. The 49 widows are provided with modern knowledge and skills in vegetable growing, vegetable seeds, pesticides and spry pumps to start projects. This is the second report and it is located on global giving website. The report indicates the progress of the project for the last quarter with financial and moral support from the community.

Current status

The following was done in the last quarter:

  1. Enrolled more three(3) widows to benefit from the project and they were given hands on farm training in vegetable growing
  2. Supervised and monitored 13 widows projects to ensure that they follow the recommended vegetable agronomic practices
  3. 13 widows harvested the first season crop yield
  4. 8 out of 13 widows had successful harvest cabbage, eggplant, onion, sold to the existing local market and obtained UGX 180,000- UGX 230,000 cash
  5. 32 girl children were supported with scholastic materials, completed term two studies successfully and reported to schools for term three studies.
  6. 10 boys were also supported with scholastic materials and reported to schools for term three although; they are not the main target.

                                               


Challenges

  1. The organization is faced with limited funding to support widows to undergo commercial production of vegetables in order to maximize production and sustain the buyers demand
  2. Some widows lack land and therefore, the organization hire land for them and they practice collective production.
  3. It is difficult to support only girl children because widow led households also contain boys who are also orphaned.

 


Recommendation

All development partners are requested to support the organization to fundraise resources to facilitate the implementation of this project in order to empower widow led households support orphan girl children in schools as this is the only way they could help orphans live sustainable livelihood and develop as meaningful citizen.

Testimony from the beneficiary

This is testimony from Dinah the wife of late Kafuko of Kaderuna Sub County in Budaka district and Kafuko died and left Dinah with four orphans. Dinah was found selling local bear in the trading centre. She was enrolled to benefit from this project because selling local beer is not a paying venture. She was among the first beneficiary of this project who was trained and provided with vegetable seeds and inputs to start vegetable growing project.

She is among the widows who had had good harvest and sold. She was able to pay all the school dues for her orphan girl children in school this third term. After paying school dues for her orphan girl children she left local brew business and she seriously engaged in vegetable growing project and has become a trainer of trainers. she promise to work hard ti ensure that all her children succeed in education and to recover the land her late husband had mortgaged out to secure funds for treatment.

 

This is a true story and explains how rural orphan widows suffer with orphans in Uganda. There is not system to support orphans in Uganda and as such orphan girls are forced for early marriages in Uganda despite their academic performance in class.

A widow with her orphans in a photo at our office
A widow with her orphans in a photo at our office

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Oct 6, 2015

QUARTERLY REPORT

Mary with her twins for imminization at our H/Unit
Mary with her twins for imminization at our H/Unit

Summary

Kibuku District in Eastern Uganda lack referral hospital and the nearby referral hospital is far approximately 40 KM. The community lacks an ambulance and referred patients are transported to the referral hospital by motorcycles because vehicles are relatively expensive for the rural community members despite the long distance from our community health centres to the hospital.

Motorcycle transport is not a safe means of transport at night and rainy seasons. The project therefore, contributes to improved referral system of patients through provision a cost effective vehicle (Toyota Noar). The community is seeking funds from development partners to facilitate procurement of the said vehicle as an ambulance. The funds will procure the vehicle from Japan, transport it, and insure it during transportation to Uganda and registration in Uganda. This is therefore, the first report of the project. This is therefore the second report of the project that indicates the current status, challenges, recommendations and testimony of one of the beneficiaries

Current status

Limited have been done. However the following have been done;

  1. The community have again contributed UGX 325,000 in the last quarter and currently we have UGX 3, 82500 ( Three Million Eight Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Shillings Only)

Challenges

  1. Majority of community members are subsistence t farmers who live on less than one dollar a day and their income is limited to fund the procurement of the ambulance.
  2. the organization is also donor funded and each donor cannot allow to spend her resources to procure this Ambulance

Recommendation

All development partners are kindly requested to provide financial support the organization to procure the ambulance so as to provide effective transport to the referred patients hence save lives of the vulnerable communities.

 

Testimony from the beneficiary  

This is a testimony from Mary a residence of Bulocho village in Kagumu Sub County. She was referred from our health centre to Mbale hospital when she was in labour. She narrates a story as it was not easy for her when she was referred from our health centre to Mbale Hospital when she was in complicated labour because it was night and raining. She narrates that she almost collapsed on the way if she didn’t have two attendants to support her. She narrates that all the closings were made wet and by the time they reached the hospital, there wasn’t any cloth dry for them to use and she delivered without any dry cloth. She praises GOD that in hardship some GOD sends Engels to help those in need. She narrating that one lady provided her a cloth that she used and she delivered twins. She is currently among the ladies mobilizing community members to contribute towards the purchase of the community ambulance because she was losing her life. She appreciated our staff for the support and she immunize her twins at our health centre

This story indeed, explains the suffering of women in labour when referred from our health centre and this raised th need for the community ambulance.

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