Unlike many large aid agencies which have an agenda of their own we believe in enabling people and communities to achieve their chosen goals. The work we have done so far has been guided by the conversations and planning sessions we have had with local people. These are some of our completed projects.
Infrastructure repairs and improvements in 2020
Kyemula Community Home
During 2020 we repaired the community home in Kyemula, used by some of the older people who could not maintain their homes and had no family to support them. A community home provides them with a safe, secure place to live – and by caring for the orphans within the village community they remain useful, contributing to the community.
The community home has provided a safe refuge for far more people than it was initially intended to house and now that repairs and maintenance has been done, it is able to fulfil its vital role in the village.
Before: Broken plaster and broken windows.
After: Freshly painted and repaired for everyone to use.
Bunyanga Bright Primary School, Namayili
To improve the health and hygiene of the children in Namayili we have constructed latrines for the boys and girls – and also built a kitchen so that all the children can have at least one hot meal a day.
Eco-friendly cooking stoves
We have purchased environmentally friendly stoves for both school kitchens from Aid Africa. The stoves reduce the need for firewood, are safer to use and cook more quickly than traditional open fires.
2018 Christmas Appeal for Sports Equipment
To develop fitness and team spirit – and to appeal to the Ugandan enthusiasm for football – we have provided goal posts and football strip to enable the school to compete in a local league – and we have also set up a netball court and provided bibs as the girls were equally keen to play against other schools. Both are being well used!
Previous Infrastructure Improvements
Some older people in Kyemula could not maintain their homes and had no family to support them. A community home provides them with a safe, secure place to live – and by caring for the orphans within the village community they remain useful, contributing to the community
Maintaining the wells
Clean water has to be pumped from the well, but maintaining the pump in good condition requires cash which the villagers do not have. When the well doesn’t work people resort to the dangerous and dirty river so we have paid for the necessary repairs.
Classes used to take place under the trees but we have built a school with seven class rooms which means lessons no longer stop when it rains. There is also a latrine and a kitchen which provides two hot meals a day.
Blankets for Christmas
Nights can be cold, even on the Equator, so we have provided every older person and child in Kyemula with a warm blanket.
Triple decker bunks
There are so many orphans living in the community home that we have supplied triple decker bunks to give each child a safe place to sleep and some privacy.
In a community dependent on subsistence farming cash is in short supply. We have invested a small sum in a micro-credit scheme which enables members to purchase items they need to develop small businesses – cloth to make clothes to sell, seeds to grow different crops to sell etc. The loans are repaid with a small amount of interest which is shared between members annually.