After weeks of preparation the goats finally arrived.
Keeping them on the truck was not an easy task
Before distribution all goats had to be tagged, deworm them, provide a preventative antibiotic treatment to ensure their adjustment to the new area and environment goes smoothly and trim their hoofs.
This is Lydia from Nyamuhani. Lydia is one of the widows that received a goat from the goat loan project. She is also one of the people looking after one of the bucks for the goat breeding program. Her female goat is mature enough and she was encouraged to keep her together with the male for a couple of days… We may have our first kid on the way pretty soon.
Jovannis is from Kakiizi. She’s got experience raising goats and currently has 2 female goats that she’s hoping they get on heat soon so she can take them to Alejandro one of the pure breed male our project manager is hosting
Kalanzi, the JOY goat development trainer, has taught Osbert how to handle the goats for the different treatments – especially hoof trimming and injecting them.
Following the goat distribution, there was further training about the care of goats as well as record keeping, in particular how often the goats mate as well as proper feeding.
It has been exciting day in Ruhanga. The goats arrived.
As well as the goat loan project for widows, we have a dairy goat crossbreeding program. This program will enable owners of local goats in Itojo Sub-County to crossbreed them with purse breeds to produce 50% diary goats which ensure owners can access milk..
This is Ronaldo. he is a 9 months old Saanen and he will spend the next year and half in the village Kytinda mating goats from Kytinda and Rwentojo
This is Force. He is a 10 month old Toggenburgh. He will spend 18 months in Nyamiko and will mate with goats in Nyamiko, Kibingo and Rwemihanga.
Alejandro is a 10 month Alpine buck. He will be looked after by Os the program manager and will mate with goats in Migorora, Nyamuhani, Ruhanga and Kakiizi
These are some of the 50% females that were distributed to the widows.
The goats had to dewormed and tagged and treated for stress due to change of environment
The program manager will visit each goat tomorrow and provide a multivitamin shot to ensure proper transition to the new area.
We will provide further updates in the next few days. Keep an eye on this space..
As part of their assignment during term one. The girls are pictured here in the skirts they’ve made this term. According to Maria, the girls are so happy and proud of their achievements.
Makline the teacher, deserves credit for taking the girls from zero sewing skills to where they are now. New friendships have been formed and the girls have grown in confidence
Credit to these girls for taking up this opportunity to learn a new skill. At the end of the course, they will have a choice to either start their own enterprise or work for someone else using the skills they have learned.
We would like to offer this opportunity to many more such girls in Itojo Sub-county. You can support our efforts by making a donation to our fundraising at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/skills4girls
Women in the village: Following the August review of the first phase of SDI, it became apparent that women had been largely excluded from previous interventions and that we didn’t know enough about their needs.
We sought to change this in Phase 2 through a series of meetings with the women facilitated by Maria and Alex.
There is now, a new and more inclusive women’s group and agreement amongst the group on initiatives that will enable them to increase their income and acquire new skills.
One of those initiatives is the poultry initiative and 30 women have signed up already. Through this initiative, women will acquire skills in semi intensive poultry keeping and increase their income from 40p to roughly £1.76 a week
Alex has carried out home assessments of all the women who have agreed to be part of this initiative. From the information gathered, we have gained an insight into the level of financial and practical support participants will need to succeed.
We also have an understanding of what it will cost us to set up.
We need to raise a further £1500 to get the initiative off the ground. We are therefore running a campaign called SEND A CHICKEN TO AN AFRICAN WOMAN. A donation of £2.50 can make a huge difference.
To support this initiative please visit our campaign pages at
Following a successful launching and implementation of the Skills Development initiative: Phase one, LTHT’s in country team did an extensive study on the skills gaps amongst young people in Ruhanga.
It was agreed that computing skills and basic sewing skills could kick start the initiative as a way of addressing the lack of access to jobs for young people in Ruhanga village from a purpose built Vocational Skills Centre.
As it turned out, the initiative’s goals were satisfactorily met as 45 girls and 51 boys were introduced to computers, Micro soft word and Spread Sheets. A total of 6 boys and 18 girls were also trained in basic principles of sewing. 15 girls were also trained in the initial stages of re- usable sanitary towels making. In addition to the above, 5 local women and 3 local young men had a chance to partake on basic computing skills at gratis.
On Wednesday 11 August, 2015, we were privileged to host Ida Horner, Chairperson LTHT and her colleague Paige at Ruhanga.
During their visit, we discussed, among other things, the highs and lows of Phase one and the way forward as well as how best we could unleash interventions that have an impact on the women’s livelihoods as the interventions that were being implemented at that time did not have a direct impact on the women’s economic empowerment.
Thus it was deemed fit to bring on board interventions that would serve the above purpose. We, the in country team had a series of discussions and several mini surveys to get it from the women themselves on what interventions, they think could best improve the livelihoods of local women in villages such as Ruhanga SW Uganda.
Having established various ideas from the local women, we found it necessary to bring these women together in the first place as Henry Ford once said:
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
As it turned out, local women formed a group of 30 women under the name “KAMINYA TUKORE WOMEN’S GROUP“. KAMINYA stands for the initials of the three village cells in Ruhanga i.e.KA for ”Kankizi cell” MI for “Migorora cell” and NYA for “Nyamuhane cell” whereas TUKORE means “we work”. This group chose its steering committee and we consider this a success on our side owing to the fact that Ruhanga houses several women’s groups with different backgrounds.
Having addressed the said divisions amongst various women’s groups in the community, we are certain that it will enable them to reach a common position with respect to articulating their needs as a community, participation and engagement in income generating activities.
After a series of village meetings (facilitated by the LTHT in country team) that have lasted three months, we are now ready to commence the first intervention – Poultry farming. A key consideration of this initiative is to ensure that the women are accountable to each other via their elected leaders who will have responsibility for the day to day outreach work to enable each woman taking part in the study to succeed.
By the end of the initial six (6) months; it is projected that 30 women will be proficient in poultry keeping and the income of these women will have increased by £7.45 a month.
We shall keep you posted on the new developments!
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The Facebook Page “Ruhanga” was established to keep those who have stayed in Ruhanga and developed a relationship with the community up-to-date with events and developments there.
There was a broad view that posts on the page wouldn’t continually ask readers to dip into their pockets, but perhaps inevitably, in an area rich in aspiration but poor in cash terms, sometimes a little “dipping” is required!
Most will be aware that girls and women in the area carry out a “traditional” role despite child raising, generating family income through farming and shouldering other responsibilities whilst holding the family together often in the face of chronic adversity.
Reflecting official government moves to eliminate discrimination against women in official policy and practice, with a Ugandan lawyer, Rebecca Kadaga, being the current Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda and the introduction of a policy that one woman will represent each district on the National Resistance Council in Uganda.
Women in Ruhanga have established their own empowerment project that provides advice and support to women there about how to increase their income and how to save for the future, to enable them to take control of their own lives and destinies whilst teaching more girls in the community how to help bring control to their lives through sound investment and business ideas.
The charity Let Them Help Themselves has been at the forefront of providing support and assistance to such initiatives and one of their current campaigns is to ensure that girls in Ruhanga acquire marketable and transferable skills to enable them to have an equitable chance of accessing work and/or creating their own employment opportunities in the local economy.
As part of this they have been working with the community and other stakeholders to develop a skills development provision where girls can access vocational training in bike repairs, tailoring and computer skills.
This centre is now running successfully thanks to the support of those like yourself and is in need of expansion to ensure the girls have the necessary access to the training and equipment they require.
Whilst the girls and women in Ruhanga can provide the hard work and commitment, they simply cannot afford to build infrastructures such as classrooms and so need to reach out to friends such as yourself to help secure that better future that will cascade down the generations.
Can you dip into your pocket and make a contribution to give the local economy in Ruhanga an uplift?
A special African Inspired Dinner event is happening in Walton on Thames, Surrey on 18th October to raise money for project in Uganda that is providing training and skills for girls – specifically providing new sanitation and toilets at training workshops. Read more