Training in session. Facilitator
Name of Organization: RIVER FUND HIV/AIDS FAMILY SUPPORT WOMEN ASSOCIATION
Project Name: LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS (PLWAs).
Project Area: KITGUM DISTRICT, KITGUM TOWN COUNCIL SUB-COUNTY.
RIVER FUND HIV/AIDS FAMILY SUPPORT WOMEN ASSOCIATION is a Community Based organization established in 2006. Its office is situated at Christ the King parish, Kitgum Town Council, Kitgum district, Uganda. It has a total membership of 30 women who have volunteered to help sensitize and restore hope to the traumatized community (orphans, child headed families, people affected with HIV/Aids) as well as improve the nutrition of malnourished children.
Key focus areas of intervention include; Training People Living With Aids (PLWAs) on long term Survival skills, Care of malnourished children through providing food stuff, Counseling of married couples on coping with the Aids pandemic situation in their families, Home visits of PLWA, Educating mothers on providing proper and balanced nutrition using locally available resources and Initiating livelihood and economic strengthening schemes for PLWA that do not demand too much energy.
This report is on activities carried out this quarter (April-June, 2012) in the parishes of Pondwongo and Alango in Kitgum Town council sub-county.
1. Training on Management and best practices of rearing goats.
The River Fund this quarter has been able to train 20 people in livelihood (goat rearing) on management of goats to curb down on the previously reported death of goats. The women were taken through the feeding, disease identification and control. They were further taken through the different ways of rearing goats from which the women anxiously supported the semi intensive system of rearing goats. In this system, the goats are tied out during day to graze and later in the day they are brought back inside their shed for the night. The group can also source for the feeds and feed the goats from their pen without letting them out of the house.
The second component of the training was on vegetable growing. The groups were trained on how to prepare nursery beds for their vegetable seeds before planting in the mother garden. The facilitator took the participants through pest and disease control they were trained on variety of seeds; cabbages, carrots, sikumaweeki, amarranthus, okra, egg plants, tomatoes onions, garlic. The groups are encouraged to practice kitchen gardening (grow vegetables) to improve their nutritional supplement and to complement their household income from the sale of the vegetables.
2. Distribution of Vegetable seeds and Goats.
The groups trained received varieties of vegetable seeds. Each group received seeds worth one hundred thousand (100,000=) Ug.shs from the River fund HIV/AIDS family Support Association.
Each of the groups also received a male goat. This will increase the number of goats received to 5 per group from last year.
3. Construction of goats’ house.
The groups that received goats last year were constructed goats houses. The houses are to accommodate 10-15 goats each when the goats multiply from the 5 that the groups received in total. 4 given last year and 1 male-goat this year per group. The idea behind the house construction is to enable the goats to multiply faster and to avoid attacks from stray dogs as was the case in the previous report. The houses are made from local materials which are relatively cheaper and easy to get. This can also be acquired by the groups in case of the need for repair in future.
The hut was erected by the group as shelter for their goat before the construction of the new goats’ shed pictured below.
The land was given by a member of the group as their contribution towards the success of the project.
1. Vocational Skills training
This is a new project that has just been introduced this year. The group has been able to start bead making. The bead making is yet to begin fully pending procurement of materials for the project work.
2. An office space has been established.
With the help of the new Parish Priest, Fr. Anthony Nyeko, we have been able to open up an office at Christ the King parish in the former Guilio Pastore primary School. The office is currently being run by 2 staff; a Programme Coordinator and an office Assistant.
3. Contact with the District.
We have also opened up a file with the district at the District Community Department. This is to help in coordination and publicity of the Association.
The groups' leaders with some seeds.
Members of the two groups after receiving goats
Newly constructed goats' house with local material
Before (hut erected by group members)