As noted in our February 2014, in an effort to promote the principle of sustainability, HVU with Mildmay Uganda, in January 2014 been making an assessment of the possibility of supporting poor households were vulnerable students comes from with income generating activities (IGAs). By enabling families with means of earning an income, these households can become self reliant in the future and be able to support the education of their children other than depending on donor funding that may not be long lasting.
Majority of the households that visited during the needs assessment exercise suggested to be supported with livestock projects such as poultry, piggery, goats, and cattle projects while a few wanted financial capital to start small businesses in the informal sector.
With support from Mildmay Uganda, HVU was supported with 60 goats and 19 piglets towards the IGAs project.
The beneficiaries were HIV positive children and their households. The beneficiaries were put in groups of 6-7 members and 10 groups were formed and supported with goats and piglets according to their need respectively. The 10 groups came from 84 households which had HIV positive children. On average each household had 6 members. Each group received 6 goats. The beneficiaries came from the two circles of Bukuya and Kassanda sub-counties.
Households were also supported with crop seeds for planting. The seed that have been given to HVU for distribution include; maize, beans, and a variety of green vegetables such as carrots, green pepper, tomatoes, cabbages, onions, and sukuma wiki among others. 24 families are to benefit from these seeds. These seeds have not yet been distributed as they came when the planting season was ending and rains had stopped. These seeds will be distributed in June for planting in the coming season that will start in July.
Potential Long term benefits:
The project will benefit 84 households allowing them to rise out of poverty, which will provide for their families' health and well-being. It will provide beans, maize, and other planting seeds to improve on nutrition and income of about 504 orphans and their families. It will train orphans, their parents and caregivers about income generating activities. After getting education, they will be able to meet their basic needs like nutrition, income and health care and lead to a better community.
- IGA supplies still few compared the overwhelming numbers of OVC families that need to benefit from the project.
- IGAs projects need to be supported with technical services such as skills training in good farming and agricultural practices and marketing potentials that Mildmay our main funders on this has not been able to offer.
- Transport for transporting the IGA items to the community for distribution to the beneficiaries still a big challenge.HVU still has not yet secured funding for transport during distribution; Mildmay only deliver to HVU office and does not support with field transport for distribution.