Last month was as busy as ever for the brilliant a little bit of HOPE (Uganda) team. They do such a good job in Butaleja, identifying needs, finding sustainable solutions, monitoring progress, and sharing the impact with us!
Here are some of the things that went on in February…
We met Jeffrey from Lughule Primary School, where their school farm enabled him to have a meal at lunch time. This inspired him to attend school regularly, and he was able to concentrate so much better, especially in the afternoons after having a cup of porridge at lunch time. Jeffrey explained that “before the school farm project came to our school, many children used to study hungry, and often dose off in class because we had no energy. We’d even have to leave early sometimes because of this hunger. Other schools that don’t have this project charge the pupils for lunch, but because I am an orphan, I wouldn’t be able to afford this and could not have performed well.”
“The food from our school farm helped me to concentrate in class and to study hard, which I’m so happy about because I am one of the top performing pupils in the school. I want to continue reading hard and become an electrical engineer in the future.”
Four boreholes were assessed by our team last month, and one has been repaired so far. The communities where our team assessed the boreholes were encouraged and expressed feeling hopeful. One community member said “Even just by assessing this borehole, you have restored hope in us, because it broke last year and we have not had any good samaritan who is willing to help us fix it, but now a little bit of HOPE has given us hope.”
Bukede village borehole was repaired and the community were so happy as it had been broken for months and women are no longer having to walk 1.5km to the nearest borehole to fetch safe drinking water. We ask community members to contribute towards the cost of the repairs, to ensure there is a sense of ownership of their borehole.
Straight Talk Club
Through this youth empowerment programme, students help organise career guidance counselling, reproductive health education, and reusable sanitary towel making. Anita (not her real name) said she was “so grateful to straight talk club”…
“I started getting my periods last year and they were so painful, I used to miss lessons because I felt so uncomfortable sitting in class. We were trained on menstrual hygiene management, where they taught us about doing more exercise and changing pads, and this has really helped and relieved me of the pain I used to get.”
Supporting us by praying, giving, liking and sharing, helps the Uganda team do what they do and carry out the life-changing projects like above. Thank you for being a part of bringing hope to Butaleja.