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Send a Cow has a special relationship with Uganda as it was the extreme poverty experienced by its citizens which encouraged the charity to launch in 1988. Our response to a devastating civil war and years of unrest was to send cows from the UK so families could start rebuilding their lives.

Absolute poverty levels (those living on less than $2 dollars a day) are currently estimated at just under a quarter of the population – 24%. That means over 9 million people are unable to access basic necessities of life such as food, clean water, clothing and shelter needed to survive.

Uganda has been widely recognised as carrying out a determined campaign against the spread of HIV/AIDs which has seen rates drop. However, the epidemic has left many orphans behind. Therefore, our projects include support for families who have taken in orphaned children, and child-headed households.

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Kamuli Sustainable Livelihoods Project (KSLP)

The project goal is to ensure 800 vulnerable families in Bulopa and Bugulumbya Sub-Counties in Kamuli District are food secure, have income sources and are less marginalised by end of 2018. The project will enable the groups acquire knowledge, life skills and the means to become food secure, eat a balanced diet, practice family planning, hygiene and sanitation for prevention and develop health seeking behaviours.

Lamwo Integrated Refugee Project

The Palabek Refugee Settlement in northern Uganda is unique and unlike traditional camps; South Sudanese refugees live side by side with the local Ugandan community. Families are struggling to grow enough food on their small compounds to feed themselves. Access to water is a big challenge and only 5% of households have access to electricity. Working with both refugees and Ugandan locals, we are training farmers in different agricultural techniques that can be adapted for small compounds. Using our holistic approach, families will begin to overcome food insecurity, low incomes and marginalisation.

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Kamuli Inclusive Livelihoods Project - Ndalike

This area was selected for a new project because of the high levels of poverty and vulnerability, due to exclusion of women, people with disabilities, orphans and other vulnerable children.

Low agricultural productivity is caused by sugarcane mono-cropping and families being locked into unprofitable contracts with exploitative companies. Farmers don’t have enough land to grow food crops as well and lack the skills to manage land effectively in the face of increasing soil erosion due to tree clearance and unpredictable rainfall caused by climate change.

We are working with over 20,000 vulnerable people to ensure they are less marginalized, food secure and have income sources. Our holistic approach will include training in gender and social inclusion, farm systems, business management and the rehabilitation of community water system.

Living with Wildlife Project - Pakwach District of Northern Uganda

Poverty is threatening the country’s oldest and largest National Park; Murchison Falls. Families living around the park are struggling to live, food is scarce and income opportunities are extremely rare. Through a partnership between Send a Cow and Tusk, this project will upskill local communities, creating new livelihood opportunities which can lift people out of poverty and protect wildlife.

Communities and Uganda Wildlife Authority will develop a better understanding of each other’s challenges and develop joint solutions to protect both livelihoods and the future sustainability of the park, with local communities becoming guardians of Murchison Falls National Park.

Kyotera Push-Pull Technology

Push-Pull is a simple but powerful innovation where maize is intercropped with Desmodium, which produces a scent that repels the Stemborer moth (Push). The maize and Desmodium are surrounded by Napier or Brachiaria grass, which attracts the moths where they lay their eggs (Pull). Sticky gum on the grass binds the larvae of the moths, leaving them unable to hatch.

Send a Cow will work with 400 farming families across Kyotera to roll out the pest management method. Staff will also work with whole families to identify the gender imbalances within households so they can work together to achieve resilient harvests.

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“I am now a teacher in the community. I teach other orphaned children about good behaviour, keeping clean, growing vegetables around their homes and helping their parents. But more importantly, I have managed to fend for my siblings.”

Kasiita Ugandan Orphans Project, Rakai, Uganda

In three out of every four households, women and men are now equal partners in making decisions about how to use the family’s land, and how to share workloads within the family.

97% of women now feel more respected.

Girls in Send a Cow supported households are seven times more likely to attend university than the national average.