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Implementing the water, hygiene and sanitation project in Nakyerongosa

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For the last two years, the Nakyerongosa (Uganda) community has been engaged in the task of increasing access among the people to safe water, latrines and good hygiene practices. Awareness has been increased among the people of the need for good hygiene practices to a certain extent.

Reports from the community have revealed a reduction in the incidences of diseases associated with drinking unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene practices. Through the project, the capacity of the community has been strengthened through training programmes, and more projects are being planned with availability of funds.

We are very grateful to all the parties that have been involved and have offered a lot of advice and support. We are mainly indebted to Nabuur and colleagues from other villages whose advice has been of immense help.

The beneficiaries continue to positively and actively participate in implementation of the project activities and they have portrayed a high sense of voluntarism, cooperation and team work. The project demands community contribution in provision of some of the materials required for construction of the facilities. We have got rid of the situation where a community sits back and waits for the project team to provide all that is required for the project to be implemented. As a result, Nakyerongosa village has created a sense of ownership to the community members and as a result, the project team is assured of sustainability of project outputs.

Some of the project activities that have been achieved to date include community mobilization and sensitization seminars and community meetings, demonstration trainings of good hygiene and sanitation facilities, casting and sale of SANPLATS for the construction of safe pit latrines for 30 elderly, disabled, female headed and HIV affected households and block making for 1 hand dug well, protection of 1 ordinary well, construction of 1 hand dug well and construction of 2 water jars for two elderly people.

We look forward to continued collaboration with all parties in Nakyerongosa and beyond to be able to achieve even much more in the field of water and sanitation. There is a lot to be done and as long as we work together much will be achieved.

Report on Farmers' Training Workshop in Butikiro

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The Report on the Training Workshop held on 31 May to 1 June 2009 is herein attached. The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen farmers’ capacity (including their knowledge, skills and know-how) to engage in fruit and vegetable growing as an economically-viable enterprise and apply appropriate agricultural practices.

The training workshop that was organised by Sustainable Livelihoods International Uganda (SLINT-Uganda) was made possible with kind support from an on-line volunteer on nabuur.

The workshop which mainly targeted the 50 poor resource farmers engaged in the fruit and vegetable growing for sustainable livelihoods project also aimed at enabling farmers plan and adapt to the changing climatic conditions, sustain their livelihoods and safeguard the environment. It brought together more than 50 farmers from the villages of Butikiro, Kiryajobyo, Bulyanzige, Kiyuni central and Kyerere in Kiyuni parish, Kiboga district in Uganda.

Please find attached herein the full report of the training workshop.
Should you have any inquiries or comments please leave your posting herein.

Thank you,
Marsha Denis Kabuuka

Holiday time at Lake Kariba- YOFOSO kids take a break

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A holiday is usually something we save hard for and look forward to all year.

The kids of Garden recently raised some money and took a well deserved holiday to Lake Kariba.
A couple of weeks ago the very talented youth of Garden were able to perform, through dance and song, at three International Schools near Lusaka in order to raise funds for a much needed holiday!

Mulenga and the YOFOSO team planned a trip to Siavona where they were able to visit the largest man-made lake in Africa- Lake Kariba. The lake lies along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. \The ecology of Lake Kariba is vibrant. A number of fish species have been introduced to the lake, notably the sardine-like kapenta (transported from Lake Tanganyika), which now supports a thriving commercial fishery. Other inhabitants of Lake Kariba include Nile crocodiles and hippopotamuses!! For more info about this lake visit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Kariba

As the photos show, the girls and boys had a great time swimming and attempting to paddle with the canoes. Even our Local Rep Mulenga looks very relaxed!!

Stay tuned for the video of the performances that helped raise the much needed money to allow kids to be kids, have time away from home, bond, and play and be happy!

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