Food Security Program Update- 11th March 2016

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members of Kakuko Self Help Group after receiving a water tank they had requested from the organization.

members of Kakuko Self Help Group after receiving a water tank they had requested from the organization.

One of our major activities has been to encourage participants in the groups we are working with under our food security program to raise half the required costs of the inputs they need to fully engage in food security and generate income from the activity. At the moment we are encouraging participants to raise 50% of the cost while we match the other 50%. However this is not going to be so for long because each year we lower our contribution by at least 25% so that participants can learn to be independent and sustain the project even after we face out from their areas.

This year through the help of our field officers we have overseen the delivery of 50 chain links to three groups and a 3,000 liters tank to one group that successfully managed to raise half the required costs for these items. This is a great improvement compared to last year where participants shunned contributing their money for the fear of being duped.

Mr Richard Lokuk, the chairman of Kakuko Self Group shared that his group members are very happy and grateful for what the organization has done for them. He pointed out that members are happy they won’t be disturbed by goats that have been destroying their crops and rendering their efforts useless again. He went on to inform us that after seeing the chain links and the water tank, some members who had dropped out of the group are now seeking to be taken back because they have started seeing progress and development.

Other groups that were lagging behind have also geared up and at the moment we have more requests for chain links, water tanks, water pipes and sanction pipes as compared to last year where we only managed to deliver a water pump and water pipes to two groups.