Project Description: This year, the Columbia Nourish Chapter will be working in partnership with Community Concerns Uganda (CCUg) in Nakalanga on a health awareness and women’s empowerment project. This will primarily involve the employment of women through business practice and the encouragement of a cleaner domestic lifestyle.
Project Details: Our work this year will be focused on a single project that aims to both increase women entrepreneurship and encourage the establishment of cleaner domestic environments. Through our funding, a selected group of women in the Nakalanga community will produce and sell charcoal briquette, a cleaner substitute for charcoal. We hope that this project will catalyze a chain effect in the community environmentally and economically. Economically, jobs will be created and available for women to have their own income. Transactions through the selling of charcoal briquette will then benefit the larger community. Environmentally, deforestation will be alleviated as the community no longer need to use coal as a source of fuel. Lastly, this project will diminish the health-related issues that stems from coal-use. After the project has been established, the Columbia team will conduct bi-weekly monitoring for a period of six months in order to examine the results of the project. Throughout the monitoring period, the Columbia team will assume a consulting role to CCUg in Nakalanga. This includes examining problems and drafting possible solutions as well as noting successes that should be continued as the project progresses.
About Our Partner: Community Concerns Uganda's primary focus is reducing poverty in local communities. CCUg empowers women through Income Generating Activities (IGAs), reduces school dropouts, early marriages, and HIV/AIDS spread among adolescents, and promotes good sanitation and hygiene in communities. CCUg’s vision is one of self-sustaining communities with healthy, educated members and safe, clean households.