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Humanitarian Aid Distribution To Elderly; From Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church


On 21 April 2013,  Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization-KIRUCODO reached out with Humanitarian aid basic materials to over 60 needy elderly people in Kalangaalo Sub-County, Singo County, Mityana District Uganda. The Humanitarian aid material was provided by Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin Texas congregation through their Pastor Dr. Landon Shultz. This is the second time when this church is extending its humanitarian assistance specifically to the Elderly people. Items such as Soap, sugar, salt, match boxes, tea-leaves were distributed. You can have a look at the first distribution we carried out in Kikandwa villages. This is the first time for KIRUCODO to extend its services to a distance of over 50 miles from its areas of operations in Mukono district.

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Highlights on current tank installations at the three rural community schools.

Highlights on current tank installations at the three rural community schools.

The current Rain Water harvesting Tanks installations in three rural primary schools is being supported by the funds accumulated from last year’s Global Giving online winter holiday Fundraising Drive. The three tanks are being constructed at the following schools below which are currently at the completion phase:

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The tank under construction. The wooden mold is being collapsed and removed to allow plastering inside the tank and installing the top cover

Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO) a Non-Governmental and Non-Profit Organization based in Uganda East Africa with a focus at empowering and developing rural community people, initiated a Rain Water Harvesting Concrete Tank Project (RWH) with the help of provided tank architectural plans from Tools With Mission (TWAM) of UK. The project business plan which is currently under modification following the recent tank installation in Kikandwa village, is aiming at reaching to 4,000 rural communities households.

To kick start on the project activities, a number of material and resources had to be in place like the tank mold or form, etc which the Organization could not afford just immediately. Thanks to our Organization volunteer (Mr. Scott Rosewell) based in Canada who dedicated his time, money and skills to come down on ground to Kikandwa village here in Uganda to have the first tank installed at a community local primary school called Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary School (Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary School).

The activities seen in the photo slide show below were registered between 19th March to 05th April 2012 and Mr. Scott reported to us on 16th March 2012 and left on 06th April 2012 after completing his valued task.

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The tank was left to cure for ten days and this coming Friday 13 April 2012, we are going to have it connected to gutters ready to harvest water. Though we used 1500L plan, the tank at Kikandwa is estimated to collect between 2800L to 3000L.

The first tank installation aimed at reveling to us actual costing of the tank before we can have them constructed for rural households. In our modified plan to come soon, we shall be in position to construct tanks of 3000L for families in most cases and above that capacity for schools and other bigger institutions.

We are currently reviewing all the costs to come up with the actual costing of a single tank and so far we have a fair estimate of between US$ 250 to US$ 400 provided the form is in place. Once the form is made, it can be used to construct between 40 to 70 tanks before it can be replaced and this depends on how you handle it and the quality of materials you used during its construction.

Though we thought we could give the tanks free of charge to families; we now think to introduce a fair cost sharing strategy of about 20% of the total cost to make sure that whoever receives a tank donation has some attachment and responsibility. However, there such very poor families which we might waive from this percentage but this will depend on the approval by the project management team and availability of funds.

Lastly, if you are interested in donating a rain water harvesting tank to a poor rural family, feel free to contact us at for more information about the already identified families and or community schools.

Extending Humanitarian Assistance to the Elderly and other disadvantage rural farmers; A report on assistance distribution from Blue Bonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin Texas USA through Pastor Dr. Landon on 04th March 2012

In Uganda and Africa in general, over 95% of the elderly population live in rural communities to carry out agriculture as well as taking care of the grand children of their deceased or un-independent children, etc

The elderly and other disadvantaged people with their received aid items donated by Blue Bonnet Hills Christian Church

The elderly and other disadvantaged people with their received aid items donated by Blue Bonnet Hills Christian Church

The elderly have a very great contribution to the development of our communities but sad to say, they are not catered for by policy makers and they always have to struggle very hard on their own in order to survive.

Most of the elderly have no enough strength to cultivate land and so they need assistance and care at all time.

Thank you Blue Bonnet Hills Christian Church members of Austin Texas USA for extending humanitarian assistance to our Organization’s Humanitarian Assistance Program to the Elderly and other rural disadvantaged people.

The Humanitarian Assistance reached to 69 elderly and disadvantage rural farmers where each of the beneficiaries received the following items for home basic use:

  1. A bar of soap for washing clothes, etc
  2. 1Kg of sugar for making tea
  3. 1Kg of corn flour for food or porridge
  4. 5 Sackets of tea leaves for making hot tea
  5. 10 boxes of match boxes for making fire
  6. 0.5L of paraffin for candle light

The above items are considered the most essential leave alone others such as medical assistance, clothes, bedding materials, etc. Currently, in rural communities here in Uganda, most of the elderly either don’t take or take tea with no sugar or tea leaves; have to wait for neighbors to come back from garden so she or he can borrow a match box to make fire, have to sleep very early because he or she lacks paraffin in his or candle, put on dirty clothes because she or he lacks washing soap, etc

There is still a need for humanitarian assistance to reach to about 300 elderly and disadvantaged in 10 villages. The aid can be directed to home use material, clothes, house renovation, health, among others.

Below in the photo slideshow is what happened during the distribution of the aid. Also feel free to download the accountability on how a total of US$ 1,535 (Accountability in word version) got spent on various activities including the Humanitarian assistance to the Elderly and other disadvantaged people.

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Lastly, there about four situations I will be organizing a separate blog post to show you the real situation of the elderly  and other disadvantaged people living in rural communities here inUganda. These will cove the following:

“Investing in the education of a rural girl child can help to restore hope to the hopeless and helpless elderly people in rural communities”. This will base on the two serious cases we leant about during the house to house humanitarian assistance delivery to the elderly where we found a daughter taking care of her mother who has now spent over three years on bed and the only part of her body she can move on her own are the eye-bows. The second case was again for a daughter who is currently taking care of her father who has spent over one and half years on bed and has to discharge through a tube and he cannot move nether can he sit.

“Take care of the elderly to ensure agricultural skills and practices for the next generation”. This will base on the situation we leant of where the elderly are left uncared for  in rural communities yet are the ones to pass on the skills to the young ones. This will base of an elderly man who was dumped in a house in Kanganda village and this elderly man hardly moves on his legs and one day fire caught his bed but he could not move away and it was only the mercy of God who uses strangers to come to his rescue by breaking into the house and lifting him from the burning bed.

“Ensure good education to children of poor rural farmers to brighten the future and terminate the poverty cycle of poor rural farming families”. This will base on a very poor, really very poor family we discovered in Kanganda village being taken care of an old woman with totally nothing apart from her heart. She is taking care of three children and one mentally disabled boy. They have nothing, and everyone wanted to cry and everyone said, we would have donated all the humanitarian aid to this family.

The great agonies suffered by Rural communities Disabled People. This will cover a situation of a disabled woman and a man as well as a young man whose spinal cord got despaired after falling from a building he was constructing

Check on the Local News Paper Report on the Humanitarian Aid Distribution

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