Kibuye Project overview

AASU’s first community project is focusing on the village of Kibuye in North Eastern Kamuli, on the shores of the Victoria Nile. Kibuye has an estimated population of 60,000 people and is spread over 27 by 35km. The majority of the population is highly dependent on subsistence farming and barter trade within village in order to survive.

Before the project began, Kibuye was dependent upon one borehole for safe drinking water. Due to long lines when collecting water many have been choosing to fetch water from the river, which has caused illness through water born diseases. The village also only has one school, consisting of two classrooms accommodating roughly 600 children. The children that can’t walk the distance to the school simply don’t attend. The majority of children do not attend school, either due to distance or family circumstance, consequentially 80% of Ugandans over the age of 15 are illiterate.

So far within the Kibuye project AASU has been able to buy four acres of land at the East end of the village on which we have built a bore hole and are currently building classrooms for the Arise and Shine Nursery and Primary School which is due to open for the start of the school year in February 2011.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Drought in Kibuye Village

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.

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