While their expertise may not lie in home-made explosives and daring escapes, our very own ‘A-Team’ in Uganda are nevertheless an equally talented and exciting group! Ivan, Fred, Grace, Isaac and (another!) Grace are the people responsible for the day-to-day running of the projects on the ground and so this week we’re taking the opportunity to ask the team three questions each in order to get a better picture of their work days and let them share some of the joys and challenges in recent months. This week we hear from Ivan and Fred.
“One of my projects is latrine construction which involves health workers educating the community on hygiene and sanitation and then using that knowledge to build latrines (normally for the more vulnerable members of the community such as widows, the elderly and households run by young adults and children). We support them with building materials, and pay the builder but the homes also engage with the practical construction of the holes, sourcing the bricks needed and support the builder. This project is vital as it drastically reduces the cases of diarrhoea due to unhygienic conditions at home.
“An exciting moment for this project was during a recent latrine construction and the neighbours of Were Elupa came up to say how they, and many others, appreciated the work of the organisation. In past weeks people have even stopped me by the roadsides asking to get involved.
“Where I need prayer for this project is to be able to work with the community to be able to maintain the latrines and participate actively in the construction.
Fred: Project Manager
“Project: School Farms. This involves educating teachers and parents on the importance of school farms and the necessity of having a feeding program in schools. We then prepare the fields whilst training teachers, the PTA and School management committee in aspects of Good Agronomic Practices. Once the farms are up and running it’s a question of making consistent follow-ups on their progress before helping with the harvests (at which point the produce is weighed and recorded) and the children can start tasting the fruits of their labour. Getting a proper meal each day is paramount for students as it not only helps reduce absenteeism but also boosts their concentration while in class and thus improves their performance. Another benefit to the program is that the children are able to learn the modern methods of farming at school and replicate it in their homes.
“What excites me with this project is seeing these young children go to school every day because they expect a meal at school which might not be a guarantee in some families! And also seeing the children with a smile during lunch hours when in queues waiting for their share of the meal (something I was able to witness recently at Busolwe primary school)!
“I need prayers to be able to continue with the same positive attitude towards my work and then for my family to be strong in Christ!
By Nolly Molton