Kagumu Development Organization

To improve the lives of communities through empowerment, service delivery and networking.
Jan 12, 2016

Reatin Orphan Girl Children in Schools in Uganda

JANE AND A CUSTOMER IN HER GLOCERY SHOP
JANE AND A CUSTOMER IN HER GLOCERY SHOP

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 nutrition and income to pay school meals and scholastic materials for 1200 school going orphan girl children between 12-18years. The 49 widows are empowered with modern knowledge and skills in vegetable growing and provided vegetable seeds, pesticides and spry pumps as a state up for the project. This is the third report and it is located on global giving website and our website www.kagumudevelopment.org . The report clearly comprises of the progress of the project for the last quarter with financial support from all stakeholders.

 

Current status

The following was done in the last quarter:

  1. Enrolled more three(2) widows to benefit from the project and they were given hands on farm training in vegetable growing
  2. Supervised and monitored 15 widows projects to ensure that they follow the recommended vegetable agronomic practices
  3. 15 widows harvested and sold during Christmas season
  4. Widows successful harvested cabbage, eggplant, onion, sold to the existing local market at competitive prices
  5. Currently orphan are in holidays and their mothers will pay school dues beginning February term one 2016

                                               


Challenges

  1. The organization is faced with limited funding to support widows to undergo commercial vegetables production 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. 3 out of 32 supported orphan girl children were defiled hence got pregnant therefore fore there is need to mainstream child protection activities in our project.

Recommendation
we submit our request to all development partners to extend their giving hand to the project to facilitate the implementation of this project in order to improve the social- economic empower of widow led households as this is the only viable project in terms of providing quick returns.


Testimony from the beneficiary

This is testimony from Jane the wife of late Mukama of Kachomo Sub County in Budaka district who died and left Jane with two orphan girl children. Jane was found in a poor state and had lost hope because her late husband was a driver and could provide everything and she was not used to manual labour like agriculture. She was enrolled to benefit from this project because she nothing to a part from practicing subsistence agriculture. 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 perform well that she is currently a trainer of trainees. her harvest is always very good because she all the skills she acquired and she has opened up a small grocery shop in the trading. She harvest and do not sell to middle men but she sell on retail herself. She   started procuring from other producers and her income has improved that she can afford to pay school dues for her children and pay for domestic requirements like treatment, food, clothing, sugar among others

 

She promise to work hard and begin operating a whole sell shop and educate her children to whatever level they will need. she vows to take any man who will defile her daughters in court of law because her two daughters are her hope in life.

 

This is a true story and explains how our project works in respect to support of orphan girl children in Uganda.

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Dec 21, 2015

Prevent HIV infections to children in Ugnada

POSITIVE MOTHER AND HER BABY IN LAB FOR HIV TEST
POSITIVE MOTHER AND HER BABY IN LAB FOR HIV TEST

Summary of project activities

Provision HIV/AIDS prevention and management services to children are still limited in Uganda particularly in Kibuku, Pallisa and Budaka districts. With financial support from development partners, the organization is implementing this project and this is the quarterly report which stipulates the progress for period of three month that is September to December 2015 in     collaboration with our donors under Global Giving arrangements and the community. The organization and beneficiaries extend appreciation for the support from all stakeholders to this project that is in cash, materially, morally and in kind. Further thanks are goes to global giving team for the wonderful work being done. Achievements and challenges are presented and disseminated to our stakeholders for their utilization. Project activities includes; monitoring and evaluation, procure stationery for the office, facilitate transportation of blood samples for CD4 Count, Community mobilization and sensitization on PMTCT, contribution to health workers welfare, procure medical drugs and sundries and testing kits and procure mama kits and dissemination to mothers during their labour periods and delivery coaches

Current Status of prevention of HIV infection in children in Uganda  

EMTCT services are still very poor in the community because there is limited male involvement during antenatal and maternity visits. Supply of MAMA kits and gloves among other is inadequate in public health facilities and are quite expensive for mothers in private health faculties. In addition, mothers still deliver in the villages by traditional birth attendants and are exposed to HIV/AIDS.

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

  1. Provided health education to 18 HIV positive women on family planning services
  2. Tested 146 mothers for HIV during antenatal visits
  3. 146 mothers attended antenatal visits
  4. 38 male spouses tested for HIV/AIDS with their female spouses
  5. 45 women tested for HIV/AIDS during their labour periods
  6. 43 pregnant mothers had safe delivery in the health center
  7. Made 3 trips of blood samples of infants for PCR-HIV DNA
  8. 87 mothers attended postnatal care
  9. 27 mothers received mama kits

 

Challenges

The under listed challenges still exist and need to be solved in order to realize the project outcomes and impact:

  1. There is limited organization financial resource. The organization is majorly donor dependence and realizes limited profit from its organization. Even the little are not adequate to procure MAMA kits for mothers during their labour period.
  2. Inadequate financial and material support by sub county and district local government.
  3. Limited support by local leaders. Local leaders are silent on disseminating EMTCT messages in public places. They think it is a preserve for health workers.  
  4. Low male involvement in EMTCT. Due to lack of community awareness, male involvement in supporting their spouses for antenatal visits is limited. This gives chance for rural women to seek antenatal services from traditional and unprofessional health workers.
  5. Inadequate of HIV testing kits and sundries. Some time we run shortage of testing kits.

Recommendation

All stake holders are requested to provide support to save the children in Uganda. Children being the tomorrows’ leaders.

Testimony from one beneficiary

This is testimony of Faith who is a mother of one girl child. The husband of Faith died of HIV she was when she was pregnant. She learnt later that her husband was on HIV drugs secretly and they were playing sex without HIV prevention method. After a short time the husband died when she went for HIV test, she was also HIV positive. She was very worried that she was going to die before delivery because she was very sickly and weak. She narrates that she had lost the guts to take ARVs because the could not expect any future in her and the child she was going to produce. She was counseled and enrolled in our ART clinic and provided her with ARVs to be taking at home. When our HIV counselor visited her he found she had lost hope and disposed off the ARVs she was given and her health had deteriorated. During her delivery she produced an HIV positive baby girl and she was very disappointed when the midwife informed her. The health workers counseled her and gave her education on positive living. Through a lot of counseling and routine home visit of faith by our health staff, she gained confidence in taking and providing HIV drugs to the baby. We are very happy to that faith’s baby girl is health whereas she is positive. She reports to our HIV clinics for ARVs as per schedule given to her with her baby. She promises to abstinence from sex to avoid transmission and acquisition of new infections.

 

This story gives picture of our services we provide to the community more so in our center III in relation to EMTCT and this is what is happening in rural communities in Uganda.

Prepared by

Samson Namwoyo

Project leader

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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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