Project Matthew plans to help 110 single mothers in Uganda become food secure through agricultural enterprise. This project will train and equip them as Farmer Entrepreneurs who grow short period crops. Moms in dense urban areas can participate in our Garden to Plate Program where they will process, package and sell food products for income generation. This project will also provide 1,600 meals for our Nourish Program to address urgent hunger, as well as establish a permanent office in Kampala.
In Uganda, single mothers and their children are especially vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition. According to Africa Growth Initiative, more females live below the poverty line than males, and female-headed households are less food secure. Women have a higher rate of unemployment due to lack of education, skills training and job opportunities. UNICEF states that three out of 10 children under five years in Uganda are stunted. One in three children have no food to eat during the school day.
Project Matthew will provide agricultural and skills training for 110 single mothers, helping them break out of the cycle of poverty, hunger and malnutrition. Our Nourish Program will address urgent food needs and provide nutrition education. We will train and equip them as Farmer Entrepreneurs who grow short period crops for food and income. Those in dense urban areas will be trained in our Garden to Plate Program where they will process, package and sell food products for income generation.
Our project will provide food security, income generation and hope. These single mothers will be empowered to be self-reliant, and will benefit from the support and accountability of their community groups. The income they generate will not only feed their families, but can be used for school fees, housing and medical expenses. This will exponentially improve the quality of life for themselves and their children, for generations to come.