A mother and her child by Rayo

When Zamina Nampina lost her husband after 15yrs of marriage, it would have been so easy to let the grief and pain overwhelm her. But the 7 precious children they had together were there as a reminder why she had to go on. With nothing but a dying 1 acre land, hope in her heart and determination in her spine, she pushed her loss behind her and faced life one day at a time.

She got a job on a farm which paid 1,500 Ug. Shs (less than 1 dollar) a day. With that and the proceeds from the petty trading of jack fruits, she manages to keep her 7 children from starving. But having them exist is not enough for her. As a mother, she wants them to live; to have a better life than she has.

The Nabitende Sustainable Integrated Fruit Growing and Community Agro Forestry Project by EFORDE has rekindled her hope of a good life for her children. As a beneficiary, she will be able to make enough income from the farming business to educate her children. But only if we help to make that a reality for her. Then she can spare her children, especially Balikowa the burden of being a breadwinner at an early age and ensure he doesn’t lose his childhood.

Balikowa Isma, her son is just 12yrs old but has already endured challenges no child should have to face. When at the age of 4 his father died, he saw his mom struggle and labour hard to feed him and his siblings. As soon as he could, he got a job working on a farm for one and half hours every day, and earning 1,000 Ug. Shs (just slightly more than 50cents) a week, to assist his mom. Out of the 1,000 Ug. Shs, he saves 300 and uses the remaining 700 to buy books and other essentials.

Because of the Government’s Free Primary Education policy, Balikowa is able to go to school and is right now in Primary 5. But his dream is to go much further than that. That dream right now depends on us.

Despite all he has seen and gone through so early in life, Balikowa has not lost his enthusiasm for life. The least we can do is to give him reason to be grateful for not losing it and to prove to mother and child that dreams can come true.

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hi Sinead, Rayo, all neighbours
there were 15 women selected and there are 90 dependants (right?), how many of these dependents are of school going age and how many actually attend.... would it be possible, Paddy, to have some information on the local school
thanks

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fatima
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hi Fatima,
The 15 women have altogether 95 dependants, of schoolgoing age (5-18) there are a total of 60 dependants.
This can be broken down further into specific age groups and gender -
between 5 and 10 there are 17 girls and 8 boys
between 10 and 15 there are 13 girls and 11 boys
between 15 and 18 there are 6 girls and 5 boys

The government provides free education at primary school but of course there are still costs, such as school uniforms, books, pencils. At secondary school they must pay fees as well and there are other problems, distance to the secondary school, female sanitation for example.
Of course, if anybody has any ideas on how to help these children, please post the ideas in the project room and Paddy and I through consultation will come up with new tasks for you all.

(regarding education I found this maxim I really liked "educate a man and you educate an individual, educate a woman and you educate a nation"). Anyway went totally off the point...

it would be great if you were more specific about what sort of information about the school you are looking for, so that it is easier for Paddy to answer them
thanks,
Sinéad

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This lady has one acre of land. She can eat well using just a little of this land. She was make an excellant living off this land if there is a market. Use organic, no-till in permanent beds using bucket drip irrigation during the dry season. She needs a machete/cutlass, seed and a US$3 dripline.

I can send info [dvd, etc]if someone will help her.

Ken Hargesheimer, minifarms@gmail.com

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Hi Ken,
the village have a copy of your dvd and have choosen to use the drip bucket irrigation. Back in January,15 vulnerable women but with land were selected, in February vegetable seeds were bought, the women attended a training weekend and were given the seeds. Since then they have begun planting, they have also attended training on co-operatives and how to set up one, so hopefully Zamiina and her seven children will have successes in the future,,,,

neighbours, I think we now need to focus on the fruit farm and agroforestry project, while continueing to help and monitor the vegetable growing,
we can look at other issues in the village too but employment is very important to empower people and to lift people out of poverty,

thank you all,
Sinéad

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