The community farming program started in May 2019 with the aim to empower households, increase food security, and improve nutrition. This project targets 100 households and 600 individuals including girls and boys, along their parents. Our specific goal is to improve nutrition and ensure these orphans and vulnerable children attend primary school at Mwererwe Church of Uganda. The lunch program keeps children coming to school and off the streets since they would not be fed a meal at home.
Farming is the major source of livelihood for this area, however landlords have claimed all land and sold it to estate developers leaving poor people on very tiny plots - too small to create a livelihood. LAHU has mobilized community members to participate in the program which will increase food productivity and feed almost 600 community members near Mwererwe Church of Uganda Primary School and contribute to food availability and improved nutrition in the neediest homes.
LAHU will enroll and keep more children in school as we believe that if we feed the stomach, we will improve the brain. By empowering the community, we offer them an opportunity to learn improved farming skills and increase food productivity through jobs within the farm. (We have already seen happen and it makes a huge difference!) It is important to manage this project through the community for sustainability to create improved nutrition among the vulnerable households in Mwererwe community.
The lunch program will ensure more children stay in school, get an education and become role models in their community. This is a long-term project as we believe that education and providing opportunities for work is the key to ending poverty.
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