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What a season! Desert Locusts, COVID-19, Army-warm, Floods, Hot season, etc

Good-1Off our very busy schedule, we take time to fight army-warm. We are engaged on many fronts this season; Desert Locusts, COVID-19, Army-warm, Floods, Hot season, etc. Man keeps on struggling for life and we pray for His coming back to take us where there is no sweat for Food.
Keep looking in the skys but as you work and performing His Righteousness because we don’t know the time and hour He will be coming back.

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Home-Based Garbage Management for Supporting Backyard Gardening

Introduction

very-good-3Households in urban places here in Uganda accumulate much garbage on a daily basis. City, Municipality, and Town councils don’t have the capacity to collect, sort and process garbage into monetary products for sustainable development.

My project, involves sorting and decomposing garbage at household level for enriching soils to support backyard gardening. Continue reading

Progress on Classroom Block Construction at Mother Erinah Junior School

My name is Robert Kibaya, a Ugandan, an Executive Director of Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization and current Executive Chairperson of Mukono District NGO Forum (MUDINFO) of over 150 organizations.

I remember, it was on the evening of 21 October, 2019 when I received a call from a friend requesting me in my capacity as the head of the District NGO Forum to accept to be the chief guest during the briefing ceremony of the Primary Seven (P.7) pupils of Mother Erinah Junior School. The last class for primary education level in Uganda is Primary Seven and it is at this level that qualified pupils sit for their National Primary Leaving Education (PLE).

At around 14:00 on 25th October, 2019, I made it to Mother Erinah Junior School with some scholastic materials to give out to P.7 pupils as per this LINK indicates:

What I saw at Mother Erinah Junior School, was so amazing and I realized that it was very difficult for them to get a high-profile figure to be a chief guest as most of them prefer to associate with well established schools for media coverage. I could not believe the school had over 170 pupils without proper classrooms as you can see:

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When I secretly asked some parents why they preferred the school to others, they gave me the following reasons:

  1. -The school was the best in Bunakijja Parish during 2018 National Primary Leaving Examination.
  2. -The school is managed by qualified and hardworking teachers.
  3. -The school management relates well with the parents and it serves the needs of the poor children.

It was a very touching experience and when I came back, I decided to reach-out to some friends for assistance towards classroom construction at Mother Erinah Junior School. It took me again some months before a friend in Austin Texas under Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church mobilized some funds which we utilized to construct a classroom block up to this level below.

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Lastly, more financial support is still needed to have this work done and we call on for your great assistance at this critical moment. In case you have anything to offer, please get in contact with me at: robkib@gmail.com

Thank you

Cloth Home-Made Masks for the less privileges

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Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, new strange laws are beginning to be put in force and one of them is this one below:

“It has finally been gazetted. Failure to wear a mask while in a Public place is actually a criminal offence.

Section 6(1)(b) as read with section 11 of the Regulations. If found guilty you can be liable to a fine of 20,000/= or imprisonment for 6 months or both. Failure to wear a mask in a public or private transport and public transport operators Section 5(4) must wear mask.”

Currently, majority of people have no access to masks and again to many they are expensive. This has created panic to less privileged groups who actually make up the majority.

After realizing all the challenges and with the utilization of basic tailoring skills acquired from TPR Development Center- Pollination Funded project, Florence started to produce masks for the vulnerable in communities around Mukono District.

Home Gardening for ensuring food security in our homes

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We used to plant flowers on our compound not knowing that the same space can be utilized to plant some food for the family. We now have 15 banana plants on our compound and each plant is able to provide us with 5 bunches a year. With 15 plants, we are able to harvest 75 bunches of banana a year. Each bunch serves our family for 3 days and 75 bunches  serves us a total of 225 days.

We have enough food on our compound. Never waste the free space around your house. Anything can grow there and be of great benefit to your family. #HomeGardening

Distribution of Bluebonnet Hills Sponsored Basic Needs to the Elderly and Widows

IMG_20191223_135830A total of 88 elderly people and widows were reached to with Humanitarian Basis needs donated by Bluebonnet Hills of Austin, Texas, USA. The distribution was managed by Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO). One of the major problems faced by elderly people here in Uganda is lack of access to basic needs due to poverty. Things like: soap, salt, sugar, and food are greatly needed by elderly people and widows living in rural communities of Uganda. We thank our long term partners (Bluebonnets Hills) for supporting our Elderly Support Program for over 8 years now. Below is what happened in photos.

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We request for your support for Mother Erinah Junior School

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Schools like this are never visited by high profile figures so we take the opportunity to do so and encourage children to stay focused and never to give up with their education.

Last Friday, we had good time at Mother Erinah Junior School as we wished children success in their upcoming national exams.

As you can see, we need shoes, scholastic material and infrastructure development support. Remember, this was the best school at last year’s National Primary Leaving Examination in Bunakijja Parish, Mukono District, Uganda.

Impact of youths rural-urban migration on the agricultural sector in Uganda and policy reforms.

GoodThis paper was presented by Mr. Robert Kibaya (KIRUCODO Executive Director) during the Agricultural Research for Development Conference (Agri4D 2019) conference in Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala Sweden; 25-26 September, 2019 under Food security and migration governance Thematic Sub session.DSC02926 Continue reading

Request to respond to this survey: Impact of youths rural-urban migration on the agricultural sector

To respond to the survey, visit up this Link: https://bit.ly/2mgCWSm

IMG_20181221_085708Evidence has shown that majority of the population in most rural areas in Africa are small scale farmers providing food for human consumption and raw materials for export and manufacturing industries. Nearly two thirds (64%) of the working population engaged in subsistence agriculture and close to 80% of all households involved in agriculture. Statistics also indicates that more rural households participate in agriculture at 90% compared to their urban counterparts at 46%. The number of young migrants increased from 23.2 million in 1990 to 28.2 million in 2013 (UNICEF, 2014). According to FAO’s 2016 conceptual framework on addressing rural youth migration at its root causes at household level, young members may move to work elsewhere as part of the household’s risk diversification strategy but also in response to the household’s expectation of higher returns in the future or to personal aspirations.

This survey aims at collecting views from different stakeholders/ individuals around the world on why youths rural-urban migration and its impact on agriculture.

The survey results will be utilized by Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO), Youths In Technology and Development Uganda (YITEDEV) and partners to develop informed interventions aiming at attracting more youths into the Agricultural sector for poverty eradication. Follow this link (https://bit.ly/2mgCWSm) to respond to the survey.

Utilize your compound space to grow food for your family

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Today we harvested from our compound. What do you plant on your compound? Do you know that your compound space can provide enough food for your family. We now have food enough for four days. Food security in homes especially here in Africa can be possible if everyone in his or her own capacity can be a producer of food. #SDG2

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