Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda

A microproject by Mountains of hope childrens ministries
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda
Help 50 mothers set up kitchen gardens in Uganda

Ms.Josephine lives in Kafumu village, a village in central Uganda with beautiful, serene, undulating hills and valleys and is one of 9 villages in which Mountains of Hope  intervened in Nutrition and Food Security Initiative. Like many other villages in the region, people in

Kafumu lacked skills in nutritious food preparations, establishment and management of vegetable gardens and small-scale agro-processing. Post-harvest losses were high and nutrient-rich foods of both plant and animal origin were lacking. Village members’ knowledge about different forms of food preparations to help boost consumption of the celebrated nutritious foodstuffs was limited. Sweet potatoes, for example, were only eaten boiled and no other cooking method was used.

This inadequate knowledge about food contributes to the high levels of malnutrition in the region and country at large, especially among children under five and women of reproductive age. Vitamin A deficiency, Iron deficiency anemia and iodine deficiency disorders are some of the most prevalent micronutrient problems in Uganda. Josephine and all the other beneficiaries of Mountains of Hope interventions received information through community trainings on how to focus production on the micronutrient-rich orange-fleshed sweet potato growing alongside backyard vegetable gardening .

Although the community trainings resulted in Josephine producing a high volume of green vegetables, her consumption did not increase with this increase in production.

To expose Josephine to small scale household-based agro-processing methods, Mountains of Hope organized a farmer’s field visit to one of the successful farmers in the District. Josephine was one of the 22people who participated in the field visit. She acquired hands-on skills in processing orange-fleshed sweet potatoes into nutritious and immune-boosting products like juice, bagiya, crisps, doughnuts, wine, flour, chapatti, as well as soap and body lotion and received hands on training on how to process vegetables from orange-fleshed sweet potato vines and how to mix orange-fleshed sweet potato juice with aloe vera to make an immune-boosting drink for people who were living with HIV/AIDS.

Mountains of Hope has assisted Josephine to make an action plan for training and passing on the skills she learned to the rest of the community members

“I nolonger visit the Hospital frequently, my children and my self nolonger frequent the Hospital, we look healthy, I can take care of my family, other organizations pay for my services when I go to train for them, my husband is proud of me, thank you Mountains of Hope” Josephine

“Mountains of Hope trained our own Josephine who also trained all of us. Had it not been

for the balanced diet we were trained to maintain, we would not eat orange-fleshed sweet potatoes as staple, use its vines as sauce and consume its rich-colored juice” Sandra-Community beneficiary.

“Our children love the vegetable products and products made from orange-fleshed sweet potatoes because of the attractive and appetizing color. Juice is very marketable when we prepare it at home and adults like it too”. Zaitun-community beneficiary

“We are training and encouraging schoolsin Mpigi District  that have school gardens to grow yellow potatoes, we will help them to process it into flour to enable pupils take nutritious yellow porridge for lunch at school” James-Executive Director,Mountains of Hope

In 2000, Uganda recorded that 28 percent of children below five years and 52 percent of the women in reproductive age were vitamin A deficient. Increased consumption of vitamin A –rich and home-made products is a big stride in the right direction. The beauty of this approach is that communities are empowered to autonomously conduct such practical

sessions. Josephine possesses the knowledge to train her fellow community members even without Mountains of Hope, making the chances for continued improvements in nutrition likely.

There are many success stories of this kind that have resulted from your donations to our projects through Globalgiving, next year, Mountains of Hope has planned more sustainable community interventions that will enable even more families to be self sustained, do you want to change another life in these communities?  Will you donate again?

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Baby Tonny, he now looks healthy
Baby Tonny, he now looks healthy

Thank you very much for the generous support you sent towards the establishment of backyard gardens for the 50 mothers in Uganda. Your money enabled us train these mothers on establishment and management of vegetable gardens, Mountains of Hope facilitated ANSWERID an organization that trains farmer’s on establishment of backyard gardens in Mpigi District.


These mothers were also trained on how to make their own composite manure to enable them fertilize the land before transplanting to the gardens. Although the project has facilitated the mothers with fertilizers for the start, they will be able to make their own in future, this will ensure continuity of the project even without our direct support.The money has enabled us buy a spray pump, watering cans, fertilizers, vegetable seeds such as carrots, Leek, water Mellon, cabbage and many more, we also paid the facilitators as well as provide meals to trainees during the training.


Mothers have started on the establishment of a mother nursery bed to enable them have a joint nursery bed with variety of vegetables, these will be transplanted to individual mothers homes in a months’ time. This will ensure children are healthy as they will have variety of vegetables and fruits, their household income will also improve as they will be able to sell some to the markets and buy the necessary items at home.


The moms have also elected a leadership team which will be responsible for the management and monitoring of the project.

Baby Tonny who used to be malnourished is now healthy after mothers received training on good feeding mechanisms, now how will he look loke if he adds in vegetables in his diet?

Facilitator training mothers
Facilitator training mothers
Acomittee to monitor the project progress
Acomittee to monitor the project progress
Facilitator shows how seeds look like
Facilitator shows how seeds look like
Mothers setting up a demonstration nursery bed
Mothers setting up a demonstration nursery bed
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Hi!

I knew you would like to hear of these great moms, this coming December, we are training these 50 mothers on best feeding practices to their malnourished children, Globalgiving donors have funded the training, thank you!

This very week, the 50 mothers have formed their village group, its intended to bring unity among them, they will be monitoring ech other, they have rented space in the near by market where they will be selling some of the vegetables, in their planning books, the money raised will enable them start up a small poultry project to enable them feed their children with eggs, some of the eggs will also be sold to earn them a little funds to buy other nutritious foods to their families, now to me I have never seen this kind of innovation, its a self led group, its self motivated.

Your recent donations will help start up the project, will you donate again to keep the mothers hopes going?

Am happy to inform you that we are looking up to you to enable these moms acomplish their self lead project

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Mountains of hope childrens ministries

Location: Mpigi, Uganda - Uganda
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Project Leader:
James Malinga
Project Director
Mpigi, Uganda

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