In recent weeks, HHA has commenced a major project to provide emergency food aid and agriculture/livelihood training to 1,100 of the most vulnerable refugee households in northern Uganda.
This new project will assist approximately 5,500 individuals and will be focusing on families with a member with disabilities, alongside single carer households, those with chronic illnesses, widows and other vulnerable groups.
Our CBR team have been working across 4 settlements in northern Uganda; BidiBidi and Palorinya (official UNCHR settlements) and Mijalie and Kijali (unofficial UNHCR settlements, that currently receive no support.) to reach vulnerable groups to participate in this project.
Food insecurity remains a major challenge for refugees in northern Uganda.
- 80% of refugees live on less than $0.50USD a day.
- Food rations have been reduced by between 40% - 70% depending on settlement. Typically rations last between 13 - 18 days of a 30 day month.
- The odds of being food insecure are 3.2 times larger for a household with a profoundly disabled member.
In the coming few months we will be providing emergency food distributions to these households until the agriculture activities we are initiating start to produce more stable food. Our goal is for those taking part to become more self-reliant, by learning to grow their own crops. Those harvests will meet their own nutritional needs and enable them to sell produce to generate additional funds for shelter, schooling, medical help etc.
Alongside the incredible nutritional and livelihood benefits, when we have carried out similar, smaller-scale projects, we have seen a huge improvement in the way individuals with disabilities are viewed and treated in the community. 94% of households previously witnessed a reduction in stigma associated with their disability due to this form of activity.
As you can see in the photos, in only the last week we have almost completed our first food aid distribution to 5,500 people. An incredible achievement by our East Africa team.
In the coming months we’ll keep you updated on this amazing new project which is going to radically transform the lives of so many persons with disabilities, a major step forward in our holistic approach to care for the most vulnerable.
Thank you for supporting our team to reach these families.