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GIFT CERTIFICATION FOR TWAM-BLUEBONNET HILLS CHRISTIAN CHURCH SPONSORED SKILLS DEVELOPMENT EQUIPMENT DONATION

 

KIRUCODO is please to inform you that the customs and shipment expenses for the skills development equipment donation from Tools With a Mission (TWAM) of UK has been paid for by Blue Bonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin Texas, USA. We sincerely thank the ENTIRE congregation of the above named church led by Pastor Dr. Landon Shultz. Further, we thank TWAM for donating all the equipment. We were informed that the container is already in Uganda and once it gets cleared at the customs then we shall have the equipment collected from TWAM warehouse here in Uganda ready for business. For your information, below is the Gift Certification from Tools With A  Mission (TWAM)

TWAM-LOGO

 

 

 

 

 

Tools with a Mission
2 Bailey Close Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate Ipswich IP2 0UD
Tel +44 (0)1473 210220 Fax +44 (0)1473 210293 email: twamhq@twam.co.uk
Company No.  5114575   Charity Number 1104903
GIFT CERTIFICATE
Delivery Address: Kikandwa Rural Communities Date: Aug-12
494 Kikandwa Village
Kabembe Parish
Kyampsi
Mukono
Contact: Robert Kibaya TWAM Order No: 2012
Email: kruralcommunitiesdevorg@yahoo.com  258 K
TWAM-EquipmentDonationPackingList

SHIPPING INVOICE/PACKING LIST/GIFT CERTIFICATE

This is to certify that the goods detailed in the above packing list in this consignment
are all a free gift from Tools With A Mission. There is no foreign currency exchange.
 

TWAM-LOGO

 

David White                   

Overseas Director

 

 

 

 

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SEPTEMBER UPDATES FROM KIRUCODO’S BLUEBONNET HILLS CHRISTIAN CHURCH-SPONSORED SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

P.5 pupils for Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary school during training

Since 2011, Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin Texas USA has been supporting the skills development training program of community people in and around Kikandwa villages.

In February 2012, skills development training services were also extended to primary pupils in Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary School and currently two classes are participating as per the following list indicate.

KIRUCODO will soon setup three additional community skills development training centers within three identified community rural primary schools to serve pupils, teachers and community people especially school dropouts, women and unemployed youths.

The current training sponsorship from Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church will expire at the end of this month (September) and it is on this note that we call on your support to help cover the training expenses for the months of October and November. For each month, US$ 160 is needed to cover the trainer’s allowances and training materials of 25 participants.

If interested in supporting our skills development training programs, please feel free to contact us at kruralcommunitiesdevorg@yahoo.com

Lastly, below is a slideshow during the training of one of the primary classes.

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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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