The rainy season is upon rural NE Uganda and the village natives are preparing the ground and getting ready to plant their spring crops. Many of them still prepare the ground by had with a simple hoe. With the tractor we were able to provide for our Ugandan NGO partner they are able to help more and more villagers better prepare the ground. We are still wanting to purchase a couple more peices of farm equipment. We would like to purchase a disc and a seed drill. The crops that are raised are vital to the welfare of these dear people. It keeps them alive. Thank you for your continued support. Covid has kept us from visiting Uganda. Our August trip has been cancelled. We are now planning on going in Januray.
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.
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.
This project has several benefits when fully funded. It will help the 15,000 residents in two very poor remote villages in NE Uganda be able to better prepare their fields, have higher crop yeilds and be able to plant faster ahead of the rains. With higher crop yields they will have enough food for their families and excess to sell to help raise thier subsistance standard of living.
Additionally, another goal is for the non-profit we work with there to raise their own crops to eventually become financially independent from outside funds.
They are in the rainy season right now, having just planted their fields by hand. The next round of crop planting will be in August which is when we would like to have the equipment ready for them.
I just returned from 16 days in Uganda. We camped in the bush in the Nakayot Peace Village. I had a excellent meetings with our partner NGO and local government officials. I was able to inspect the tractor and plow that they have and it is in good operating condition. I met the 85 year old Ugandan gentlemen that runs the tractor for the village. They have hundreds of acres that they are trying to cultivate largely by hand. They NGO has been given 70 acres by the village and they hope to plant this in the spring to raise money so that they can move toward financial independence from US support. The equipment that we want to purchase with till the soil to a finer grade and the seed drill will speed the planting process which now all done by hand. The mower will speed the harvesting of the crop which gets them to market sooner. These are very hard working people. If we can find good used equipment we can likely cut the cost in half. Spread the word to your friends and companies.
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