Give 35 families food security in Uganda

by Act4Africa
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Give 35 families food security in Uganda
Jun 24, 2021

A handful of grain can go a long way!

“When the chimney smokes we send the children to school.”
These words, spoken to me by a Ugandan lady, puzzled me at first. I asked what she meant.
“It’s simple, we cannot afford to let our children go to school unless they get fed there. At least then we know they have some food in their belly. If there is no smoke from the school kitchen then there is no food being cooked for them. It is better that they stay at home to help with the digging. At least then we might have food tomorrow.”
That brought home very starkly to me that the children are hungry, they are last in the queue for food, their growth is stunted, their energy is sapped. They know they must help with the digging and fetching water, they do so gladly, but it would be good to let them learn to read and write as well and get them out of this cycle of poverty.
Subsistence farming is a hard way of life in Uganda - the plots are small and the yields are low. Poor storage of crops after harvest causes further loss due to infestation and contamination by dangerous fungi. This fragile food chain affects all, especially babies and young children.
Preparing School Dinner.
If their nutritional needs are not met, the growing child is at risk of irreversible growth stunting and poor neurological development. They are susceptible to infection and even death. The COVID-19 crisis has dramatically worsened this situation. 35 women farmers in the Mayuge district of Uganda have already taken part in Act4Africa's proven Grains for Growth programme and tell us they have benefitted from improved food security throughout the pandemic.
The women are shown new ways to check that the crop is dry enough for storage, it is then placed in reusable containers to prevent any deterioration. The loss of maize after harvest has reduced from 30-50% to virtually zero. The family then has a safe, secure supply of food for use or sell later in the year. A handful of grain may even used as part payment of school fees, meaning children are less likely to miss school. 
Uganda is currently experiencing a new wave of COVID-19 cases and has recently gone into total lockdown once again. This means millions more people will be pushed into extreme poverty, due to an inability to work, making the need for us to deliver this project even greater. 
Please Donate to support long-term improvements in food security today. 
£11 buys three heavy-duty airtight bags which will hold 100kg of grain each (enough for 365 meals) safe and secure from insect damage.
£16 will buy a tarpaulin drying sheet to prevent dangerous contamination of grain.

Report courtesy of Dr Jan Webb, British GP and member of the Act4Africa Grains for Growth team - the read her full report visit the Act4Africa Blog.


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Location: Teddington, Middlesex - United Kingdom
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patrick kigongo
Altrincham, Cheshire United Kingdom
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