Lingira's isolation from mainland Uganda has created a nearly impossible living situation, in which women and children suffer disproportionately. The high turnover of fishermen results in a lack of community and vision of home. Without an outlet of knowledge to escape hardship, many women turn to prostitution to provide for children, resulting in an incredibly high HIV/AIDS prevalence. Empowered women and children, along with men's awareness towards family will benefit the island as a whole.
The EDGE Project utilizes grassroots community organizing and educational events to link community members to knowledge and resources, provided by University students' research, related to all aspects of sustainable development. Some projects will improve access to quality education and economic development, which will increase financial security and help prevent exploitation. Others will focus on agricultural demonstration and creative development.
EDGE Project empowers and trains community members in basic civil rights to respond to urgent needs in the community, especially those affecting women, with sustainable community-based development projects that form a foundation for alleviating poverty and injustice. Agricultural awareness and success will ideally detract from the fishing lifestyle that cripples what could be a stable community on the island.