At the moment in Kibuye village, as across much of Uganda, we are experiencing drought conditions. Most of the people in rural Uganda depend on subsistence farming for food and daily life. However, due to recent changes in the climate, the rains came unexpectedly early and the sunny months have extended further than predicted. Farmers planted their crops with the expectation of early rain which never came. Due to this, many crops have dried in the fields and for the past 2 months the village has been faced with famine. Live stock which would have been an alternative source of food has also been massively affected. All grass dried up as have all many water bodies. As a result animals are dying due to starvation and lack of water. Even the AASU bore hole - like many others across the village - has dried out. We are hoping to be able to fix this week by digging further down and creating a bigger water tank to be able to sustain the growing water needs of the community.
Arise and Shine Uganda, as a community based organisation, has stepped in to try and help reduce the immediate struggles in Kibuye Village. We are also trying to introduce more sustainable methods of farming and food storage methods throughout the community to ensure this situation does not happen again next year.