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Bluebonnet Hills Humanitarian Assistance to the Elderly and widows on 14th Jan 2014


On 14th January 2014, KIRUCODO staffs and volunteers distributed Humanitarian assistance to over 60 elderly people and widows in Kikandwa villages. The assistance was provided by Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin Texas USA through Pastor Doctor Landon Shultz and comprised of soap for washing clothes, sugar, maize flour, packet of matchboxes, and iodized salt . We thank Bluebonnet Hills for all the great and continuous humanitarian assistance that they do extend to our communities. This was reported on in the Bukedde News Paper of 16th January 2014. God bless you. Below is the whole exercise in pictures

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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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Executive Director Mr. Robert Kibaya with Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary school carry donations to the school from KIRUCODO offices in Kikandwa Village

Hello friends and Partners, we have a pleasure to share this report with you concerning scholastic material distribution to Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary School on 20th June 2012. This was part of a scholastic material donation for three community primary school from Tools With A Mission (TWAM) which was collected on 19th June 2012 from TWAM warehouse in Kampala to Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO) store in Kikandwa village. The scholastic materials were donated by Tools With A Mission of UK (TWAM) and the shipment costs and all taxes for this donation was met by Dr. Mike Roberts of UK and we are so grateful for his humanitarian heart.

The following are THANK YOU LETTERS to TWAM and Dr. Mike Roberts from Head Teacher of Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary School.

Below is what happened during the distribution

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Report By Ms. Jane McLeod – Attending CSW 56: Commission on the Status of Women 27 February – 9 March 2012 as a representative for KIRUCODO

Since 2011, KIRUCODO is an ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council – United Nations) accredited Organization. Consultative status for an organization enables it to actively engage with ECOSOC and its
subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies in a
number of ways.

The just concluded UN Meeting of the Council on the Status of Women, KIRUCODO sent both local and International representatives and below is a brief report on the sessions attended by Ms. Jane . A full report will follow shortly this or next month:

Monday 27 February 2012

Morning: Opening of the session General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters New York.

– Election of officers
– Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters
– Introduction of documents

General discussion
Review of the implementation of: the BPfA and the outcome of the 23rd special session of the GA – sharing of experiences and good practices on implementation of the Platform for Action, with a view to overcoming remaining obstacles and new challenges.

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The supply of clean water to area residents is a huge issue for Kirucodo as the vast majority of the population get their water from open sources such as streams, many of which are polluted & distant from the households.

Community water access point for fetching water for domestic use

Providing safe & clean water across the area is a high priority area for us & is the subject of a major project we want to commence in 2012. As we have explored ways to provide solutions, we recently received information from the “Tools with a Mission” organisation in the UK which contains plans for 1500L water storage tanks which can be constructed easily by local volunteers. This information has excited us as the tanks seem to be a very good solution that is fairly easy to implement using local volunteer labour. These tanks have been built in many locations in Africa, including at the nearby Bethany Christian Centre & Orphange – so we know they can work for us!

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We are just starting on a project where we will build an initial tank to make sure that we understand the details & complexities of construction. Once that has been completed we will grow the project to provide solutions to area residents. As with all infrastructure projects, the costs are high & out of reach of the local population, so we will be seeking donations to assist with the purchase of materials to build the tanks. We are collecting information to determine the cost to construct a tank & once this is complete will commece building the initial tank as soon as we have sufficient funds. Watch for updates as we move things forward & if you would like to contribute to help get hte project started, please contact me – all donations are much appreciated!

Agro-processing Potential to benefit African young farmers

Rural young farmer daily activity with simple tools he or she can afford

Rural young farmer daily activity with simple tools he or she can afford

Agriculture is the cornerstone of Uganda’s economy, which is similar to the situation in most African countries. To be more specific, over 85% of the population is activating in this area. At the very same time, the poverty is severe and widely spread across the entire country. Farmers, especially women and youth, have a very low income, which does not cover even their basic human needs. One of the most realistic and reachable goals in the fight against poverty would be to promote and implement agro-processing. With some support and budgeting from the government and NGO’s, farmers would have the chance to earn much more with just a bit of extra effort.
The term of agro-processing refers to the practice of transforming primary agricultural products into secondary or even tertiary commodities, which can be sold on the market for a much higher price. In other words, it means turning raw materials into more complex and expensive merchandise, instead of selling it cheap after the first step of production. Obviously, this would require a certain level of skills and technology, but it would also bring higher profits. Besides the direct financial benefits, agro-processing would also bring a series of other advantages. First of all, it would supply the community with a wider variety of locally produced thus cheaper goods. Furthermore, it would increase the level of life thanks to the increased access to secondary and tertiary agricultural products. Second, it would extend products’ shelf-life, thus decrease waste. Since farmers would no longer be desperate to sell their products as soon as possible and avoid them becoming spoiled, they would be able to analyze more offers on the market and choose the most convenient one. Third, agro-processing would require additional workers. This would allow young inexperienced farmers to be involved in this area and would extend the amount of people earning income from this activity. Moreover, processing of raw materials would most probably also increase food safety and improve the reputation of Uganda’s agriculture.
However, in order for this to happen, it is important to improve the agriculture policy of the country. It is also vital to attract adequate budgeting, not only in the form of donations, but also regular business investments. This can be done through a proper investment policy created at the official level. Agro-processing also requires extensive training of farmers, especially the young ones. Implementation of the use of technologies could also be done through the local youth, as this would increase the speed and quality of the process.
In other words, there is still much to be done in this area. But the important thing to remember is that once local farmers and their government will understand the importance of agro-processing development, the entire society will start moving towards a brighter tomorrow, free of poverty and abuse.

Beekeeping – a bright perspective for Uganda’s poor farmers

Community BeekeepersAlmost half of Uganda’s population lives below the poverty line. At the same time, nearly 90% of it activates and earns its income from agriculture. Thus it becomes obvious that farming is not profitable in this country, at least not for the moment. Women and children have an especially difficult life, because of the strong social polarization of the society. The overall development level in the region is far below the western standards, and catching up with them would require intense funding. This rule has some exceptions, however, such as beekeeping.

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Specialists in the industry made their own research and came to the conclusion that beekeeping has the potential to significantly reduce poverty among communities of young farmers best on the current testimonies and with the implementation of a long-term professional beekeeping industry strategic plan. Let’s shortly analyze the arguments for that:
1. Resources
Uganda is lucky to have many species of bees: Apis Melifera scutelatta, melifera adansonii, monticola, and also several types of stingless bees. In contrast with other agricultural areas, where Uganda has poor natural conditions for further development, the apiculture can grow fast and steady thanks to the rich availability of resources. Moreover, there are no diseases spread among the bees.

2. Long tradition and skills existence
Local people have been practicing apiculture for a very long time. They therefore have basic knowledge and understanding of the process and its importance. Instead of teaching this industry from the very beginning, it is only necessary to provide some further training, and implement a professional beekeeping concept which is based on the real standard governing this organic industry.

3. Limited technological requirements
Beekeeping can be implemented without the use of expensive technologies or materials. This provides a great perspective for the poor rural farmer, who cannot afford to invest too much in a business. Simple hives, created from cheap locally abundant materials could be placed close to the farmer’s house, therefore not requiring too much effort or budgeting. Special training could teach the farmers how to improve the quality of bee products without using expensive tools. This would obviously allow a significant increase of the locals’ income.

4. Possibility of activity without owning land
Since young farmers do not typically own land, one of their main problems is the increased costs of agricultural activities due to the land rent. Beekeeping in contrast, does not require this. It can be arranged either close to the house, or even in forests. In other words, this type of activity is much more accessible for young poor farmers than other areas of agriculture.

Of course, there are also many limitations and barriers for the development of apiculture in Uganda. As long as we keep in mind the benefits, however, it is possible to develop a flourishing industry out of this and let young farmers develop themselves and overcome the severe poverty. All they need is a bit of support in the form of extended training, as well as access to information and initial financial support.

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