Photo of the new heifer shelter
YOFAFO is a determined and effective organization that, since incorporation has actively created community involvement and commitment aimed particularly at children, youth, and women. Youth Focus Africa Foundation(YOFAFO) is a non-government organisation that aims to empower vulnerable women, youth and children.
It is on this background that YOFAFO started a heifer project (in partnership with the Global Volunteer Network) among the women in the village of Kitoola. Using funds from well wishers, YOFAFO then identified beneficiary who would embark on building the structure for housing the heifer. They would also plant elephant grass (feed for the heifer) before the heifer was given to her. Once the beneficiary is ready the heifer is bought and delivered. The woman then looks after the heifer until it is ready to give birth. When the calf is ready to be on its own without the mother, the beneficiary gives away this calf to another beneficiary in the line. So far, five people have received heifers and three beneficiaries have received calves. This has meant these women have been able to build sustainable futures for themselves and their children, ensuring they can afford food and education.
The Christmas Hamper was a project initiated by YOFAFO volunteer, Amy Marshall who spent three months with YOFAFO as a social media coordinator. She brought up the idea as a way of doing something for the women. It is because of the heart that she and YOFAFO have for women that this project was taken to Global Giving. So far, just more than US$1000 has been raised, which is the equivalent of 1,900,000/= Ug shillings. YOFAFO was given the option of spending this on a number of items which could benefit the children at the organisation's school in Kitoola. The directors of the organisation decided the money should further the heifer project, as this helps to ensure families can afford to send their children to school.
A meeting was held in Kitoola to identify the beneficiary and she was selected. She has already planted the elephant grass (though she is being challenged by the current weather right now as it is very hot and hence affecting the growth of the grass). At the same time she is building a structure for the cow. The procurement process is still ongoing to identify a very good pregnant heifer. With the support of the Global Volunteer Network YOFAFO will actually be able to purchase two heifers for two women. YOFAFO director Valence Lutaisire has inspected two cows already, which weren't suitable, but is looking at a cow at a farm in Kampala in the coming days.
With this heifer, the beneficiary will be able to have a source of income through selling milk and dung. She can also use the dung as a fertilizer in the gardens hence increased produce. With the little income, she can provide herself with basic needs of life. This is an ongoing project which will benefit many more families in the long run.
The YOFAFO community is therefore very grateful to everyone who has made this possible. We want to thank our former volunteers, Amy, Ralph and Jamie for everything they have done to make this a reality.
We are so very grateful to everyone who contributed towards this and above all the management of the Global Volunteer Network for their continued support.