Prevent starvation among 70 families in Uganda

by Community Concerns Uganda Initiative
Prevent  starvation among 70 families in Uganda
Prevent  starvation among 70 families in Uganda
Prevent  starvation among 70 families in Uganda
Prevent  starvation among 70 families in Uganda
Prevent  starvation among 70 families in Uganda
Prevent  starvation among 70 families in Uganda

 

It was time for harvesting and preparing land.The last season was not very good for some of thefamilies that planted their crops,some made losses and others were able to harvest in plenty.

There are some families that were able to harvest and they got food and sold the surplus. For example one of the women mentioned that she was able to get 5 bags of maize  retained 2 for food and sold the balance inorder to get money topay school fees for her children.

Other women didn't get much but atleast they were able to harvest for food.

They have prepared their gardens for this new season hoping it will be a good one.

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Though Covid period has affected us, we are greatful that Community Concerns Uganda Initiative has continued supporting us. We have stated harvesting and out of the harvest we expect to eat some of the food and sell the surplus.

For me, I used not to be able to afford to buy food most of the time but I’m glad I no longer have to buy food, at least I can get it from the garden that community Concerns Uganda rented for me. Because I was saving some money, I will be able to retain the piece of land by paying the owner more money.” (Onne of the beneficiaries of the project)

They are harvesting maize,beans and soya.

I hope to sell the surplus of my maize sothat i can be able to pay school fees for my grandchildren.

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One of the gardens
One of the gardens

This season is always a good one here in Uganda and people plant with excitement expecting to harvest bountifully at the end. The rains came in April and for one month there was a lot of rain and after that month the rains started reducing and sunshine was more. One of the farmers in Bugodi village that is being supported by this project is still going despite the weather.

“This project enabled me get money to be able to hire land for farming. I have been able to grow maize, ground nuts and cassava for food and also commercial purposes. I started with half an acre but currently I have an acre of land. Thank you Community Concerns Uganda” one of the women

Other vulnerable families are also still using the land that we hired for them, they are able to provide food for their families and able to keep paying for the land every season.

We are grateful to the GlobalGiving and all the donors making this possible.

one of the women in her garden
one of the women in her garden

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Acknowledgement

I would like to thank the entire team of Community Concerns Uganda Initiative for the great work delivered during this third quarter of the year. We thank our partners and donors who have provided funding for the projects to be implemented. Your continuing support makes all of our work possible, and on behalf of the CCUg staff and the women and children we serve, we thank you very much for your generosity and pray that you will keep up with the spirit of giving. I thank the Executive Board of Trustees for the advice and follow up on our work; we are indeed grateful. Not forgetting the members that we are serving, thank you for being available and allowing us to serve you.

Managing Director

OVC School Sponsorship Project

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, schools were not operating therefore, all our sponsored children are being kept at home and are learning from there.

Achievements

  • We monitored the children through phone calls and verified that the children are reading their books and helping their parents while at home. The majority were in good health.
  • We identified several sponsored children whose families were experiencing food insecurity and we provided them with emergency food.

Challenges

  • Again this quarter, the biggest challenge we faced was school closure due to COVID-19.
  • Two of the children  became ill with malaria; we took them to the hospital and facilitated their treatment. Both have since recovered.

Adult Literacy and Vocational Skilling

We have six students enrolled in our Community Resource Center tailoring class and nine students enrolled in hair dressing.

Achievements

  • During the quarter, the tailoring class learnt how to make four different types of dresses: the round dress, letter ‘A’ dress, gathered dress and pull neck dress.
  • The tailoring class has also learnt how to make two types of trousers: the elastic full short and double pocket short.
  • The tailoring class also learnt how to take the measurements required to make a shirt, identified the nine parts of a shirt and how to make and assemble them.
  • Out of the nine students studying hair dressing, five now know how to plait, retouch and treat hair, three are still learning and are showing moderate skill in performance; only 1 is still underperforming, but she is trying and promising to work harder.
  • Eight out of the 15 students consistently attended the parenting skills lessons and successfully completed them. They gained skills of anger management, conflict resolution, and menstrual hygiene management

Challenges

  • Due to Covid-19, the students were unable to meet for a while and this caused them to forget some of the theory they had learnt.
  • One student missed both practical and theory testing due to personal illness.

Menstrual Hygiene Management

We had an on-going Menstrual Hygiene Management project funded by Amplify Change. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we requested permission from our donors to change some of the planned activities in light of the fact that the schools included in the project were under lockdown. Amplify Change gave us a no-additional-cost extension of 3 months to complete agreed-upon project work, some of which involved new activities to replace others that we were unable to implement during the lockdown. The new activities included research on the impact of COVID-19 on SRHR (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) among adolescents and women, Interpersonal Group Therapy to identify and address the needs of depressed women, distributing Maama Kits and Baby Receivers, and supporting expectant mothers with transport money to enable them to go to the hospital to deliver, and providing them with emergency food.

Achievements

  • Twenty four women from one of the villages where we work  were screened to assess their depression status using the PHQ-9. After assessment, 16 were identified as depressed and were invited to join a small group to receive interpersonal therapy (IPT-G) as a treatment measure. Two of the women were found to suffer with severe depression with active suicide ideation. Both received immediate individual counseling.
  • Ten men from another village were screened to assess their depression level using the PHQ -9 depression assessment form. Of the ten, six were found to be depressed and were invited to join a group in order to receive interpersonal Group Therapy as a treatment measure.
  • Twenty nine women from another village were screened for depression and 26 were enrolled in group therapy.
  • Thirteen women from another village were also provided with group therapy for depression. These women also received training in financial literacy after they completed their group therapy.
  • A total of 63 women and 7 men were trained to make reusable sanitary pads from the following communities: 
  • A total of twenty-three women from two villages received materials for making reusable pads so they could put into practice the skills gained of making reusable pads.
  • We distributed 47 Maama Kits and emergency food supplies of powdered milk, posho (5kgs), beans (3kgs) and Millet flour for porridge (2kgs) to expectant mothers from six villages.

 

Challenges

  • Some depressed individuals one of the villages did not know Lusoga, which was the language of instruction. We found it quite hard to share views with them and unfortunately, no one in the group could translate for these group members.
  • During the initial stage of IPT-G for the women of one of the villages, we did not allocate enough time for all members of the group to share their experiences and those who did have an opportunity to share did not exhaust their experiences. More time was allocated for subsequent sessions.
  • We also found poor time management skills among the people who came for the therapy.
  • Heavy rainfall during some group therapy sessions meant participants couldn’t hear each other speak and also caused some members miss some sessions.
  • Lack of communication among the clients in one of the villages caused to arrive for some meetings only to find that the members were not going to attend due to an unforeseen situation, such as the loss of a loved one.
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Menstrual Hygiene Management

We had an on-going Menstrual Hygiene Management project funded by Amplify Change.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we requested permission from our donors to change some of the planned activities in light of the fact that the schools were under lockdown.  Amplify Change gave us a no-additional-cost extension of 3 months to complete agreed-upon project work, some of which involved new activities to replace others that we were unable to implement during the lockdown. The new activities included research on the impact of COVID-19 on SRHR (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) among adolescents and women, Interpersonal Group Therapy to identify and address the needs of depressed women, distributing Maama Kits and Baby Receivers, and supporting expectant mothers with transport money to enable them to go to the hospital to deliver, and providing them with emergency food.

Achievements

  • Data on the impact of COVID-19 on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and adolescents was conducted among 141 individuals in the local communities selected to participate in the Menstrual Health and Hygiene project.  The participant demographics are shown in the following table
  • We were able to start data analysis of the audio files obtained during interviews, including translation and transcription of 141 recordings, all of which were coded for further analysis.
  • Twenty-one women were identified with depression. Of these, 7 were postnatal mothers, 10 were pregnant mothers and 4 were out-of-school adolescents. Five women were experiencing active suicide ideation and we provided suicide prevention counseling to them. Afterward, all of these women were organized in groups and provided with group therapy for depression.
  • We were able to donate 125 Emergency Kits and Baby Receivers to vulnerable expectant mothers from Mauta, Mutai, Nsozibiri, Namulesa, and Wansimba. Most of the beneficiaries were young mothers (78) and all had issues of their spouses / partners not supporting them. Some of their partners had run away due to Covid-19-related concerns.
  • CCUg staff gained skills in bar soap making. This skill is to be passed on to other community members that will be identified in subsequent research.
  • CCUg staff completed training in Interpersonal Group Therapy and gained skills and knowledge in conducting this type of intervention with adolescents, youths and mothers who are suffering with depression and anxiety.
  • Twenty-three individuals were trained in making reusable pads in the Bugodi community.
  • We were able to purchase emergency food through money available under the Amplify Change grant. Purchases included maize flour to make posho (250kg), millet flour for making porridge (100kgs) and milk sachets each for 15 grams (1200). This intervention was aimed at addressing food insecurity arising from the effects of COVID-19 among vulnerable groups of women who participated in the survey. These participants come from 20 villages in 11 sub-counties in and around Mayuge and Jinja, including Baitambogwe, Magamaga, Mafubira, Kagoma, Mayuge, Bukatube, Buwenge, Wairasa, Imanyiro, Kakira, and Butagaya.
  • We also donated emergency food to 50 vulnerable households, particularly those with pregnant and postnatal women and young mothers.

Challenges

  • We experienced some difficulty in reaching some women leaders (Nabakyalas) during the delivery of Maama Kits. These women leaders were involved in helping us to identify the vulnerable women in their communities who couldn’t afford to purchase these kits themselves.
  • The number of pregnant mothers usually exceeded the number the number of Maama Kits and Baby Receivers available for distribution. This made the selection of those to be supported extremely difficult for our staff.
  • Covid-19 pandemic restrictions led to the closure of our offices, temporarily putting all our activities on hold. One of the projects concerning menstruation was stopped altogether due to the closure of schools.
  • Some of the women and girls who were trained in pad making had challenges with hand sewing which slowed down the training process.

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Community Concerns Uganda Initiative

Location: Jinja - Uganda
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Brenda Nakirya
Managing Director
Jinja, Uganda
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