CPAR Uganda Ltd through its employees will mentor 100 disadvantaged students of universities in Northern Uganda to gain practical work experience that will give the students skills for doing administration, financial management and fundraising for a not-for-profit organisation; skills for conducting community discussions and training to promote health, food security and income generation at household level; and for doing research, policy analysis and advocacy for better public service delivery
Poverty is well and thriving in Northern Uganda, which is the poorest region in the country. In spite of thousands of targeted development initiatives for the region by government and other development actors, a significant number of households in the region still live below the poverty line - they typically live in poor quality housing; are less likely to have at least two meals a day; have low levels of human capital; and have insufficient assets and limited access to vital public services
The project will contribute to the region's human development in the form of skilled personnel that have experienced an awakening process, which will lead them to a rational analysis of their own attitudes and actions, as well as the existing social, cultural, economic and political relationships in their region. Building on that critical awareness, as employees or self-employed actors, they will effectively initiate and promote processes for personal, family, community and national development.
Standards of living will improve for households of at least 70 percent of those mentored and of other households within their community that come into contact with them. Benefiting households will actively engage in agricultural production for dietary diversity and nutrition, income generation and environmental conservation; and that will improve their social and economic well-being. The mentored students will participate in public discourse and lobby for better public healthcare services.