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SUSTAIANABLE AGRICULTURE

REP is striving to promote sustainable agriculture for rural isolated communities within Rwenzori region. The initiatives are aimed at improved food access, nutrition as well as ensuring food security, income and general livelihood for rural farmers especially women living with HIV/AIDS. Each project initiatives undertaken for sustainable agriculture seek to build capacity, confidence and opportunities for communities for increased productivity for income generation. Farmers are taught agricultural practices and business skills to grow their vegetable gardens, vanilla gardens, cocoa gardens, coffee plantations and bee keeping activities into profitable ventures. We have also started the school garden initiatives where small school gardens are being created in needy schools within the region. This initiative helps to provide food/meals to students as well as act as reference learning center for students. Teachers at schools use the project activities to enhance their teaching, integrating hands-on learning into their curriculum to promote curiosity and creativity. The initiative transforms grass root community schools into a place for innovation, as school students, teachers and community farmers alike gain practical knowledge i.e. how to use irrigation systems to maintain crops during dry seasons and also hone their capacity for critical thinking, becoming better equipped to respond to a changing natural environment.
Please join and support to end hunger and famine wile attaining environment dignity

APPROACH
  • Sensitize and train rural women farmers on improved farming methods
  • Encourage group formation and knowledge sharing while ensure environmental integrity through sustainable farming
  • Carryout field fellow ups at grass root farmer communities and schools
  • Continuous application of newly researched organic farming methods for increased productivity
  • Create market access linkages for harvest products for the farmers.
  • Offer micro finance loans to linked farmers to enhance on their productivity and profitability from the sales

ENDING GIRL CHILD MARRIAGE

Girl child marriage is one of the challenges many girls have to face, especially in Rwenzori region of Uganda as well as other developing world. It remains a global health and human right issue as it does not only deprive young girls of their childhood and even their education, but also puts them in serious health risk. In Uganda, child marriage is a wide spread practice. According to Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) from 2011, the county ranks 16th among 25 countries with 46% of girls marrying before the age of 18 years and 12% before they reaching 15 years. The reasons are many; parents’ ignorance on the risks associated with marrying girls at an early age, poverty and illiteracy as well as traditional norms and practices. Despite being illegal in Uganda, the practice of child marriage is still socially accepted and therefore it is important to fight it at the community level, raising awareness of the serious issues it brings.

  • Increase number of communities with comprehensive evidence-based policies and programs being implemented to end girl child marriage
  • Increase percentage of adolescent girls with access to information regarding the effects/dangers of child marriage and placing them back in schools to continue to work in achieving their dreams
  • Change in parents’ mind set as they get to know the valves of education of girls, and women and girl gender rights. This will help to see their daughters as investment not as goods for wealth
  • Increase capacity building as we collaborate and involve other key stake holders like the local leaders and the police. We report those men getting married to girls below 18 years of age and ensure the law is taken to imprison and push them so that the rest of the communities get learn from them and get to know that girl child marriage is a form of gender and human rights violence.

PEACE AND CONFLICT RECONCILIATION

In 2011, the Board of Directors of Reach The Poor (REP) passed a resolution to engage the organization in peace and conflict reconciliation by providing programs for poor youth and former abducted child soldiers in rehabilitation, healing and reconstruction. REP is working in areas of Gulu, Kitgum, and Pader districts that were mostly affected in Northern Uganda by armed disastrous violence and conflict, with 90% of the population (2 million people) reallocated to IDP camps in 1986.








The evil attacks included;

  • Rape, killing, loss of limbs from land mines, and cutting off of people’s mouth, nose and ears
  • Looting of food, farming tools and household utensils
  • Abduction of vulnerable children and women
  • Burning of houses
  • Frequent bombing of people in crowded places like market places and churches
  • Ambushes of vehicles, and people moving on foot

he program is also helping settle land conflicts within Rwenzori region and ensuring advocacy for human rights.
Your contribution support will help in promoting peace and conflict reconciliation in our country

GREEN ENERGY SOLUTION INITIATIVES

  1. BRIQUETTE FUEL MAKING
  2. Uganda is an energy-deficient country, with supply unable to meet demand for both domestic and industrial use. About 98 percent of energy consumption need of rural Uganda is met from biomass sources derived from the forest, shrub land, and animal waste and crop residues with lots of smoke having direct negative impact on environment and health, especially causing respiratory and eye diseases cooking is associated with long hours spent collecting increasingly scarce wood. The diminishing wood fuel supplies and the increasing prices of both firewood and charcoal make it difficult for some households to cook more than one meal a day. REP has introduced a new initiative of very useful model to compress recycled materials such as paper, cardboard, sawdust, soil and organic waste, to make fuel for cooking, which is equal or superior to charcoal. The resultant briquettes are also cost-effective and can be made to produce less smoke, thus being beneficial in terms of human health.
    With only 5% of the rural population having access to electricity, more than 90% of the country’s total energy needs in Uganda come from biomass sources. Of this, wood accounts for 80%, charcoal 10% and crop residues at nearly 41%. The project has the following key benefits:-

    1. Energy supply: Renewable energy innovation, switch from fuel-wood to charcoal briquettes from abandoned agro-wastes.
    2. Energy demand: Replacement of inefficient existing “household energy” and improvement of energy efficiency.
    3. Carbon savings: For every ton of biomass charcoal briquette, about 88 trees with a diameter of about 10 cm is saved from cutting for firewood and charcoal making, which in turn serves as carbon sink.
    4. Livelihood support: New form of skills training for the community creating new form of job and a little supplementary income - this is a vehicle for a good social change.

    The project is being boosted with production of cheap clean energy saving cooking stoves for rural households and schools. Biomass production is initiative is also under way.
    Please support this cause and help to improve sustainable green energy solutions in needy societies.

  3. SOLAR CLEAN ENERGY

HIV/AIDS PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

Uganda’s HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is increasing once again with at over 500,000 people have been infected with the virus in the past recent years (source: IRIN, 2012) and many people in Uganda don’t know their HIV status. The project is targeting at raising awareness on prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS epidemic disease which aims at reducing the spread of HIV infection, mitigate the health and socioeconomic impact of HIVAIDS at individuals, household and community levels.
APPROACH

  1. We offer mobile free HIV/AIDS testing services from one village to another village in different communities where cases of HIV/AIDS concretion are common.
  2. Teach communities on importance and how to use condoms, encourage antenatal care and testing for pregnant mothers to stop mother to child HIV/AIDS transmission
  3. Offer referral services for PLWHA to health centers as well as promoting and providing home-based care through community-based information, education and communication on preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections