Our Current Programmes
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GRAINS FOR GROWTH
Location: Mayuge, Uganda
Dates: 2019 (on going)
Phase 1 supported by the Souter Trust
Imagine your family was hungry. Then imagine a third of your crop risks being destroyed by insects, rodents and deadly fungal contamination. And then imagine being part of the solution by preventing such devastating waste of precious food.
“Before the training, the more you keep the more you lose because of weevils. Now, I have extra money.”
Act4Africa has an exciting new project, which does just this. Called “Grains for Growth”, we provide training and small airtight grain silos to desperately poor families in rural Uganda. These safely store crops for later use, in times when food prices rocket or when children need to take grain to school as part of their school fees.
“At the moment, I can eat from my garden, but when it runs out I know I have this grain in store ready to eat.”
“Grains for Growth” is already working with World Food Programme (WFP) approved trainers, not only in providing these silos but also in showing families exactly how to use them, to safely store more than 1000 meals worth for future use when the family is hungry, crops are scarce and market prices high. These containers are robust and will last those families for up to 20 years. With skills embedded for life, these families can then plan ahead and escape the poverty trap.
“I won’t be selling the grain because I have many children (5) and for each child I am expected to provide 10Kg maize each term. I will use the stored grain for school in May.”
Imagine helping Grains for Growth make this happen – because we can’t do this without you.
· A donation of £7 buys a training manual for each participant.
· A donation of £18 buys a tarpaulin, essential for sun-drying and providing protection from animal dropping /soil born fungi and diseases.
· A donation of £44 buys a grain silo.
HEAL – Health, Empowerment And Livelihoods
Location: Mayuge District, Eastern Uganda
Dates: 2014 – present day
Funding: 2014-2017 UKAID
2017- present day – Donations and fundraising
Act4Africa’s HEAL programme has long-standing success in developing the Health, Empowerment and Livelihoods of women and girls in rural communities in Africa. It fully embraces the three fundamental goals of Act4Africa to educate, empower and enable vulnerable girls and young women.
Initially funded through UKAID, from 2014-2017, the HEAL programme provides life skills, financial literacy and business enterprise skills to disadvantaged women and girls. HEAL provides women with skills to set up and run their own or cooperative group businesses and a means to regularly save with others, safely and securely. They are also able to take out loans for business development or expansion. Women gain economic independence and gain increased respect as a result. They become empowered to influence decisions in their homes and gain increased status in their communities.
HEAL supports beneficiaries by providing basic finance and business training and helping to establish structured savings groups with formal constitutions and bank accounts. The Act4Africa team continue to visit groups regularly to provide on-going support as women set up and run their own businesses (e.g. by helping to identify potential markets) and regularly reinforce the benefits of saving, even the smallest amounts of money, for longer term gain.
Many women have developed and grown thriving businesses from scratch as a result of the programme. For example, one of the groups started a successful brick making business, employing two male workers, enabling them to save 1million Uganda shillings. As the successful HEAL groups expand their businesses there is also a positive impact on suppliers of local raw materials. Women in the savings groups are also able to share their knowledge with other community members, encouraging them to save and set up their own businesses, however small. This then impacts the economic growth of the whole community.
The HEAL programme’s long-term sustainability model is provided through our goat breeding programme, established at Kathy’s Centre. Goat kids from the breeding programme are allocated to selected groups, for further breeding or sale, and the profit from this can be used to enhance savings.
The economic impact of the HEAL programme has been significant for many of the beneficiaries. Participation in the programme has demonstrably changed the womens’ mind-set about savings and rebuilt trust in the process. Livestock gifted through the project has raised the profile of women and this, together with training in animal husbandry, increased their status in the community. This impact has been sustained through the cooperative goat breeding programme at Kathy’s Centre. The impact of basic bookkeeping training with a track record of saving into a bank account has also enabled the beneficiaries to start up enterprises, control costs and profitability and demonstrate credibility to access government enterprise funding schemes.
The HEAL group meetings also provide a social support network for members. Each group has a Community Mentor, trained by Act4Africa staff to use role play and storytelling to share key messages with the group on how to manage their sexual and reproductive health and overcome domestic violence. The women’s communities, including men, are provided with condoms, HIV testing and counselling and interactive gender equality training.
Our UKAid funded HEAL programme provided Health, Empowerment And Livelihoods to almost 9 thousand beneficiaries in Mayuge, South Eastern Uganda.
Through the HEAL programme, 1,553 women have gained economic independence as members of HEAL Savings Groups in the Mayuge District of Eastern Uganda.
1,203 business enterprises have been set up by women and girls as part of the HEAL programme in the Mayuge.
Our team in Uganda, continue to visit and support a number of these groups.