WeLive project in Alebtong, northern UgandaGetOn starts with its first project in Uganda!

In May 2018, the GetOn Foundation and ACSET Uganda decided to implement the ‘Women’s Livelihood Improvement’ Project in northern Uganda.

 

Project Goal

The goal of the Women’s Livelihood Improvement project (‘We-Live’) is to improve the food security and economic situation of 1,200 women (particularly single mothers and caregivers of orphans and other vulnerable children) in the Alebtong region of northern Uganda within two years.

 

Both non-profit organizations want to contribute towards self-reliance via:

  1. doubling the income of these 1,200 selected women a.o. by increasing income generating activities and promoting small businesses.
  2. increasing access to microcredits and by promoting village saving loan associations (VSLA) to boost their small businesses.
  3. increasing food security among these 1,200 households by training and promoting agricultural production via vegetable kitchen-garden approach in this from origin agricultural and farming region.

 

Background

Starting in the late 1980s, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) waged a twenty-year insurgency against the Government of Uganda in northern Uganda. This conflict displaced over 1.5 million Ugandans and led to the abduction, rape, and torture of tens of thousands of others. The conflict caused huge trauma among the population, destroyed traditional social cohesion, and reduced self-reliance resulting in over-dependence on donor aid.

 

The LRA war activities in northern Uganda stopped between 2011 and 2012. But thousands of Ugandans, many orphans, were left displaced. Many people returned to their original homes, without education, without income-generating activities, without farming skills to provide a living -or even a nutritious meal- for themselves and their families.

 

The future

ACSET Uganda (Action for Child Social and Economic Transformation) saw a partner in GetOn with the same ideals: “Do not give a man a fish, but teach him how to fish” Or even better: do not only teach him how to fish, but teach him how to teach others how to fish too.

 

The We-Live project will train and support women to develop income-generating activities and increase access to finances to support these women’s small businesses. This increased household income and self-reliance will not only lead to food security, but also to clothes, access to health care and education. Or, to cut a long story short: We-Live leads to a future!

 

Support

Would you like to support this project? Then please write about We-Live on social media by using the hashtag #WeLive. Or make a donation via this link: I Support We Live!

(Please mention #WeLive in the reference field).

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