Posted on June 8, 2018
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International Farmer’s Day (June 12)
Did you know 80% of the world’s poor make their living from farming and in Africa farming is the primary source of food and income providing up to 60% of all jobs on the continent? However, many farmers and their families struggle to support themselves. That is why we at the African Child Trust recognise that agricultural development is one of the most powerful tools to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. In Uganda ACT is working with rural communities to do just that!
Uganda is a landlocked and fertile country with many lakes and rivers. Some 84% of the population live in rural areas and rely on subsistence agriculture. Despite this more than half live in poverty, subsisting on less than $3 per day.
Our work in Uganda takes place in the vast eastern Busoga region. Busoga is bordered by Lake Victoria and much of its population is reliant on the products of their farming activities; rice, sugar cane and maize.
The people of the Busoga region face many barriers to farming including; spread of disease, lack of storage facilities, low sanitary standards and crucially, climate change.
The money we receive from donors helps fund several projects in Uganda that benefit the communities living in the Busoga region by aiding their farming efforts. Income Generation Activity (IGA) is our most notable project, helping to generate sustainable income by granting families livestock that they can breed and/or use to produce milk or eggs.
Many families now house their own livestock and can generate their own sustainable income.
Our partners in Uganda have also become increasingly innovative. They are expanding their outreach by coming up with new initiatives as well. Those in the Namayingo district (southern Busoga) have begun to farm animals. So ACT decided to support them in their endeavour. They are to be given 6 goats for a start-up project, and will be able expand their farm to include chickens and turkeys, which are very easy to breed and look after.
And it doesn’t stop there!
Widows are one of the driving forces of these initiatives. They have formed the Tabitha Women Vision Association (TWVA) which has its own constitution and bank account. The women co-operate in various projects including food crop farming, poultry farming, animal husbandry, weaving and bead making. This kind of mutual support and self-sufficiency makes an even bigger difference to communities, which as a result have seen many children benefit from the profits.
Development and innovation cannot happen without education and starting young yields the best results. Not only is money for tuition impossible for many to afford but even those who can do not have access to text books, having to travel to Kampala nearly 200 kilometres away! But with the right support anything is possible.
Wandera Wilson is one such beneficiary of this support. Wandera was orphaned at the age of 6. But with the funds generated by the farming projects in his community, ACT has supported him all the way to university. In fact he will complete his Development Studies degree at Kampala International University this June and is hoping to do a masters degree.
“I lost both of my parents when I was 6 years old and I never realised that I can make it in this world to attain an education.”
“Due to the great work you do, I am also inspired to join ACT after my studies so that I also serve the world like you do.”
This is just one example of how our work supports economic development, which funds education, which creates a new generation of Africans; skilled, educated and hungry to transform the continent into the economic, fair and democratic powerhouse it deserves to be.
We need your help to do more; to create more projects, support more communities and help individuals become all they can be.
Please donate here. Your money transforms lives.