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.
Sustainable Outcomes for Children and Youth (SOCY) - Mityana, Uganda
77% of Uganda’s population are under 30 years of age. The unemployed youth represent 64% of the total unemployed Ugandan. Young women who are twice as likely to be unemployed than young men, are more likely to be in unwaged employment due to discrimination and lack of education and skills. This project works with vulnerable children and youth to increase employment opportunities, skills and income. This is be done through skills development, Savings and Internal Lending Communities and , market linkages. The projects provides an opportunity for vulnerable children and youth to access medical care, education opportunities and improved nutrition.
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.
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.
“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.”