Currently, 61% of Ugandans lack access to safe water and 75% do not have access to improved sanitation facilities. In 2017/2018 Tacoma North Rotary Club, along with COFIA (Circle of Friends in Action), the Rotary Club of Tororo and others, raised funds for two water wells in Eastern Uganda. These wells now provide to clean drinking water closer to home. That means more children are able to attend school regularly because the daily chore of fetching water (from unsanitary sources, miles from home) has been alleviated. These wells service some 2,000 people and will also provide irrigation for an additional project—a Demonstration Farm.
Hunger also is common in this area of Uganda. The average annual income in the Bukedi sub-region—in which Tororo is the largest town—is $455 per year. Bukedi is the poorest sub-region in all of Uganda. We are currently working with COFIA and other organizations to develop a Demonstration Farm that will train up to 20,000 villagers to farm more sustainably and efficiently for their own families. These family farmers, many of them children, will also learn how to raise crops for market and begin to grow a new economy in the region.
Here's where you can help!
A sub-project of the Demonstration Farm is raising money to purchase Mutuba trees (a variety of fig tree) for building a live fenceline to protect the Demonstration Farm from animals. The trees will be planted as fenceposts and they will grow into live trees, providing soil stability, shade, and much-needed tree cover in a country where deforestation is at critical levels.
We are fertilizing the soil for planting in June 2019. We need to have the fence completed before then. We will keep this campaign open until the end of May, or until our goal is met.
We need 800 trees to enclose the 15-acre Demonstration Farm. Every $10 you donate buys one Mutuba tree and its installation. We look forward to sending you a thank you card, explaining how your gift helps real people in real need. These cards make perfect gifts in any amount.
Please donate a meaningful amount right now. It will mean so much to the family farmers in Eastern Uganda.