A lack of manufacturing skills is a leading obstacle to development in rural Mukono Communities and it hinders the population from actively improving their lives sustainably, especially at community levels. The overall agricultural productivity development rate in Mukono District is still very low and varies depending on the Sub-county geographical locations. The average poverty rate in the District is at 40% whereby the discrepancy of poverty rates between the two axes, abject poverty is commonly experienced in the rural areas and relative poverty in urban areas and thus making poverty a social problem which derives its origin or directly linked to low household productive skills and lack of resources for production.
As one of the developmental strategies to overcome the above mentioned problems in rural communities of Mukono EACO has come up with a number of different innovative developmental strategies which need support for the full implementation.
One of the projects which EACO is looking at is the beekeeping project
In Mukono, while beekeeping is not well understood, the marketing and selling of locally produced honey is profitable. The honey is either gathered from wild honey bee colonies or is produced by local beekeepers; typically sold through local markets like in super markets. However, honey sales are not meeting demand. The industry is limited by production yield. Subsequently, in the last decade, a viable industry has emerged. Local people/farmers have driven this success and the industry continues to attract strong support from all levels within communities.
The project that EACO wants to set out to initiate is a sustainable approach to assisting the growth of the
Child and human protection
Kyampisi, in the Mukono district has one of the highest levels of reported cases of child kidnapping and human blood sacrifice. In most cases, children are kidnapped as they walk back home in the night.
EACO has designed a project, working with local schools, leaders, parents and boda-boda drivers (bike-taxis) and community members, to raise awareness about child sacrifice.
More information about this project can be found at this link. http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/eaco/studies.html
EACO carries out a Sexual Reproductive Health Program, which focuses on counseling and guidance, educational trainings, and community outreach related to HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), family planning, and life skills planning.
To implement this program, EACO administers free voluntary counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS and other STDs and provides HIV+ individuals with ARV's.
EACO volunteers then make regular home visits to those who have tested positive in order to supply them with foodstuffs that have been donated to EACO.
Vocational and Life Skills Training
This program targets vulnerable women, particularly widows and those living with HIV/AIDS, and grandmothers caring for vulnerable children.
It seeks to address lack of economic opportunity for these groups of people by providing training and individualized instruction in entrepreneurship, marketing techniques for small businesses, micro finance, and the implementation of income-generating activities (IGAs), including:
Public Health, Water and Sanitation Projects
With these projects we construct toilets, wells, bore holes, and water safe tanks to the needy communities. Here EACO has managed to drill two bore hole as you can see in the photo below with support from Just A Drop and travell 2.
This project basically aims at providing accessible clean and safe water for everyone in the community of Kyampisi Namanganga village for a better and healthy life.
We therefore integrate our water and sanitation projects into our health and nutrition programs, as well as our workforce & enterprise development and food security and agriculture programs.
In many Families, more so in rural Mukono and Maracha in west Nile, Children and women travel miles each day to collect water for their families. It's dangerous and debilitating. Children are kept out of school so that they can perform this and other associated household tasks others are also kidnapped and sacrificed more so in Mukono and this happens when they move to collect water to very far wells deep in the forests.
These people have high rates of malnourishment, low but increasing levels of school attendance (especially low amongst girls), high rates of disease (especially malaria), and numerous other problems linked to severe poverty and an exceptionally low standard of living. The creation of a borehole well will put a clean, sustainable source of water in close to approximately 3,000 households.
The goal of this project is to put in borehole wells in five sub-counties.
Therefore, to solve this situation we thought it better to start a project on constructing latrines and drilling boreholes for these beneficiaries so that they can live a happy and healthy life as its their right.
Data from Mukono district shows that 83% of the facilities used for livestock are used for domestic purposes. The lack of option of other improved water sources forces the rural population to use untreated water for domestic purposes. In addition, 55% of all facilities in this district are not fully operational due to siltation. These people have high rates of malnourishment, low but increasing levels of school attendance (especially low amongst girls), high rates of disease (especially malaria), and numerous other problems linked to severe poverty including an exceptionally low standard of living. In many households, children (especially girls), are kept out of school so that they can fetch water and other related chores.
Groundwater is the main water source in the area. Perennial surface water is only in the form of surface ground traditional water wells, rivers and swamps.
The objectives of this Water and Sanitation program are to:
A safe and reliable water supply is a fundamental aspect of the quality of people's lives.
In Mukono, the creation of a borehole well will put a clean, sustainable source of water in close proximity to approximately 3,000 beneficiaries. The goal of this project is to put in borehole wells in five sub-counties. There are no sources of water in the vicinity. Villagers (especially women) must spend hours walking to locations miles away in order to fetch water for household needs more so when we experience massive droughts. Two boreholes have now been drilled and the objective is to drill a total of 40 within the district.
"We have been spending hours walking to locations miles away in order to fetch water for household needs – more so when we experience massive droughts, but now we have water."
Besides that, EACO with support from volunteers was able to put up a a latrines
As EACO we are very grateful for being open and able to help where need was shown. It was on short notice but you showed your love and kind heart to our beneficiaries. Lucy, your coming to EACO, was really a blessing. And EACO team wishes to continue working with you, your friends that is Harriet and Jo and more people you think you can talk to about our projects more so in that field of public health and other projects; thank you for speaking on our behalf and we know you will continue. We love you and cherish you.
The communities in Rural Mukono, most of our beneficiaries do not have latrines and bathrooms where to ease themselves. Not only households but also schools we work with. This forces them to dig like 1 foot hole to ease themselves yet they have children in those homes. These holes are dug in the gardens where they grow their food which is risky, some dig besides their houses and it scares us about their health and sanitation when it happens to rain. We see that this causes diarrhorea because flies get onto food, and anything being set for eating, more to that these people do not have a habit of washing their hands after easing themselves and just walk straight to have something to eat; which puts their life at risk. Further still, these people get jiggers and ringworms in their feet and the legs. This also affects the animals they keep in their homes which often call for de-worming and these beneficiaries do not have the money to be out of this problem to look for treatment.Therefore, to solve this situation we thought it better to start a project of sensitizing the community and schools about water and sanitation as well as building Pit latrines to these communities under Public heal project
This will help our beneficiaries more so children and women to live a happy and healthy life as its their right.Link.
Programmes and Trainings about Gender, Women and Development
Here we train the communities in gender issues, human rights, and others so as to reduce violence in the home/families.
Within the Mukono Region, the causes of domestic violence and commercial sexual exploitation of children are diverse. While it may be easy to place blame on criminal syndicates, to reduce exploiters to pimps and perverts, to disparage the children themselves as promiscuous or sexually irresponsible, no social sectors can escape responsibility for sexual exploitation of children.
Large numbers of the population in the region are chronically disadvantaged economically and have littleaccess to alternative sources of livelihoods. The demands of survival for this group can precipitate sex trade. Poverty stricken families send their children to towns to look for employment but since they are illiterate, they are unable to secure well paid employment, which in turn leads to incidences of sexual abuse and exploitation.
Violence against women continues to prevail in male-female relations in Mukono district. Many cases of domestic and sexual violence in the home, including rape in marriage and rape of minors, are prosecuted. Children, including orphans, were frequently subjected to sexual assault and violence by relatives within the extended family as well as by school teachers, people helping in the home and other carers. According to police statistics circulated in May, 4,686 children were- raped in 2002; there is no indication that this figure was decreasing.
The potential long term impact of this project is to help girls and women to be transformed from a state of hopelessness to a state of excellence hence freeing them from exploitation and fully exhaust their potential.