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Increasing access to clean, general purpose water, Mityana and Mubende districts – Uganda

Funder: Charles Hayward Foundation
Country of Implementation: Uganda
Period: 2019

Objectives:

The project was intended to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Improve access to safe drinking water to an estimated 2,100 people, through the provision of 7 manually-constructed boreholes.
  2. Improve the health of 2,100 community members within the borehole catchment areas through increased knowledge in hygienic and environmental sanitation.
  3. Build a capacity within the seven communities to provide them with safe-drinking water without necessarily relying on external aid.
  4. Improve crop and livestock production for 875 farmers through increased access to adequate water throughout the year.

Achievements

  1. According to BIVA and TA reports and records, seven boreholes were constructed in the two districts and an estimated 2,100 community members were now able to access safe drinking water within an average of 15-minute walking distance in each of the recipient communities.
  2. Before the boreholes were constructed there used to be a high incidence of cases of waterborne diseases, especially among children. 78% of the interview respondents and FGD participants attributed poor health to the challenges they used to face due to lack of using unsafe drinking water which most times they collect from unprotected sources. They reported that they used to share such sources with animals.
Before and after boreholes

Funding Agency: Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF)
Project Title: Increasing Uptake of PMTCT and Paediatric Services in Kalangala District (Uganda)
Period: 2018
Country of Implementation: Uganda

Case study: 1

Naome and Solomon were happily married with two children, residing at Namisoke fish landing. Naome was constantly complaining of fever but she resisted going for HIV testing despite encouragement from her VHT member. The VHT sought support from area local council officials to help her convince Naome to test for HIV, still Naome refused. During her third pregnancy, she became very ill and her right arm got paralysed. She was admitted at the hospital and tests were carried out which revealed that she was HIV positive. She was put on ARVs. The husband too tested positive. However, the baby had not been infected. When she was discharged, the husband became furious, blamed his wife for what had happened to them and left the home for the mainland.

Fortunately, with support from VHTs, the woman’s health improved and the children were linked to the government-supported OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) programme, for which she is very grateful.


Project title: Improving cassava processing Enterprises in Northern Communities of Sierra Leone

Funder: Comic Relief
Project location/s: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Project start date (as specified in the COGs): 1st May 2016
Grant year covered by the report: Year 3
Period covered by the report: 1st May 2018 – 30th April 2019

Achievements

Our key successes for the year include the following:

  1. Through the support from SLARI and TARD, and the experience gained from the sharing sessions, eight Co-operatives increased the acreage of their cassava farms from three to now five acres each. This has cut down the high costs resulting from purchasing raw cassava tubers from Village Hope and the open market. It also increased the profitability of their businesses and capacity to repay their loans.
  2. During the rainy season, we encouraged all the Co-operatives to embark on ‘foo-foo’ processing using the old cassava plots which are older than two years and therefore not viable for gari processing. As a result, 6 of them processed ‘foo-foo’ which is a popular local food item and is not affected by the age of the cassava tubers. Consequently, each of the 6 Co-operatives realised an average profit of Le 2,000,000 from the sale of ‘foo-foo’, instead of allowing the equipment to remain idle throughout the rainy season.
  3. All the 10 cooperatives and farmers’ groups achieved the set targets for using high yielding, pest-resistant cassava varieties and improved agronomic practices. This enabled the farmers and cooperatives to have higher profits and family incomes than what they used to get before the project.
  4. As a result of increased incomes for both cooperatives and farmers’ groups, the number of families of both cooperatives and farmers’ groups having more than one meal a day more than doubled.

Case study 2:

Walieu Fiebeh has been one of the most successful Co-operatives. It grew out of the members of the Solidarity Groups which used to get small loans for individuals to improve their subsistence level enterprises. The members used to realise just enough incomes from the businesses to meet the basic needs of their families. As a result of the support from the current project, below is what the spokesperson of the Co-operative had to say:

“Before this project, we were two of the outstanding performing beneficiary five-member Solidarity Groups of the previous project. When it ended, TARD and our CBO organised a meeting where we were informed about the new project. The 10 of us formed this Cooperative. We were trained in business management by AFFORD – Sierra Leone and in cassava processing at the Binkolo Growth Centre. After these trainings we secured a loan from TARD, to procure cassava processing equipment and consumable items to start our business. Initially we were able to produce an average of 4mt of cassava tubers per month. Following further training and accompaniment support from TARD staff, we are processing an average of 5MT and our business has expanded and improved very much. It brings us a very good profit and regular income to meet the basic needs of our families, especially food, medication and the expenses for our children’s education. More importantly, we are now paying back our loan regularly”.

Case study 3:

The project has been working with Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) to support 10 Cassava Farmers Groups to increase productivity in order to produce enough cassava to supply the gari processing Co-operatives and increase family incomes. One of the group members, 43-year old Dauda, had this to say about this project:

“Before this project, I was a cassava farmer using our local varieties for almost 17 years and my yields were always low. In 2017, SLARI supplied me with an improved variety of cassava cuttings which I used to plant 3 acres and also received training in agronomic practices which has improved my farming skills. Since then I have been able to increase my farm size to 5 acres in two different locations and this has enhanced my capacity and greatly improved my status in the community. As a result, my income has greatly increased and there has been enough cassava for consumption. I am now able to settle my financial obligations and better support my family.”
Dauda on his cassava farm

Dauda on his cassava farm