Summary of project activities This is the seventh quarterly activity report on support to 320 orphans with improved goats in eastern Uganda, in the districts of Kibuku, Budaka and Pallisa in partnership our donors under GlobalGiving understanding. The organization continuously acknowledges support of all our donors that have provided both financial, material and moral support to the project. Advance thanks are extended to GlobalGiving team for their wonderful arrangement that has enabled us so far obtain some external support to support the project. This is report submitted to stakeholders for their consumption indicating project progress. Contributions and questions for clarifications will be highly appreciated to enrich our report.
In the seventh quarter, the organization improved its support due to the funding obtained from the external donors through global giving. However, more support is required due to the overwhelming number of OVCs and their complex situation that exposes them to a lot of vulnerabilities like child labour, early sex and marriages among others.
Current status of Support 320 orphans with improved goats project. The organization economically empowers orphans and their guardians in improved goats rearing as a means of raising incomes to support the orphans. Orphans were identified and listed according to geographical areas (village, parish and sub county).
The organization mobilizes funds, trains beneficiaries, procures improved goats and disseminates them to target orphans and vulnerable children on ground that they pass over the first she goat delivered to the other OVC in the same geographical area. In the seventh quarter the following was done:
1. Provided four OVCs with improved goats from the funds realized from donors through global giving
2. Secured 500 cariandra tree seedlings and distributed to the 25 guardians of OVCs to plant as feeds for goats
3. Conducted monitoring and evaluation of the project in 25 households 4. Secured 5(five) improved goats and distributed to 5 OVCs with funds realized from donors through global giving arrangement
1. Limited financial resource is still the Major challenge because the major source of funding for the organization comes from donors and the organization lacks adequate funds to finance this project.
2.The organization lacks adequate resource mobilization skills and that is why the organization financial base is limited.
3. Some dropout due to hunger at school and go for child labour
The organization requests its donors to continue giving financial support and to link it to other donors to fund the project in order to liberate the orphans because children are the future leaders.
Testimony from one beneficiary
This testimony is from Kelvin who was born in 2000 with the late Steven Muswa and Juliet Muswa who died of HIV/AIDS in 2004. Kelvin is now a 13 year girl under the responsibility of her aunt Miss. Silvia Muswa. Kelvin was identified during school hours and when interacted with her, she narrated the story of her suffering as an orphan. She said that her Aunt Silvia was mistreating her through assigning her had tasks of local beer brewing and sale. She said her aunt was engaging her in the local bar selling beer up to late hours like 12.00 pm in the midnight. She said that most of the time she was having sleepless nights and could not go to school the next day. She added by saying that she could not complain to the aunt and she was fearing because the activities she was doing was the only source of income in the home. Kelvin was not completely happy of the life she was living in because she was mostly engaged in home activities rather than going to school. She also said that she was missing interaction with peers. In order the organization to rescue Kelvin, it invited Silvia and Kelvin to the office for guidance and counseling. The project leader and Silvia consented to reduce engaging Kelvin into bear brewing and selling activities because it was likely to expose Kelvin to early sex as she was selling bear to men. The organization urged Silvia to take up in improved goat rearing and to engage Kelvin to in that project because it could also bring income to the family. Kelvin in the last quarter with funds raised through global giving was among the orphans who received an improved goat. When Kelvin received the goat she was very happy and confessed to take care of the goats project to ensure that it generate sustainable income and to concentrate on her education until she could become complete her studies. She vowed to be a nurse or a midwife.
This tale and the position of Kelvin is true and this is the evidence of how most of orphans are suffering in rural areas in Pallisa, Kibuku and Budaka Districts.
SamsonNamwoyo Project leader