The year 2020 started in a challenging tone; this is due to COVID-19 pandemic that has left Ugandans and the whole world suffering with the virus and its associated effects. As response to this tragedy, members of Uganda Circle in Germany sent support to the vulnerable of Lwamaggwa, Ssese Islands and a great number of farmers. These people received food and other needs to support them through this ongoing lock down period caused by COVID-19.
The health department at Caritas MADDO commemorated the world day of the sick at Kijjukizo Parish under Masaka diocese in Lyantonde District. Marathon race, Cleaning of lyantonde T/C, Blood donation, Health/Medical camps, prayers among others where some of the activates that took place at the venue.
More than 1,400 patients were attended to inclusive of giving free health care services. Many medical assistants participated in giving health care as they diagnosed, tested, treated and gave counseling to the sick. The day ended as the vulnerable people received basic needs like food, soap, sugar and many others which were collected by the Caritas department from different good Samaritans.
Farmer field day is a special day on the calendar of Caritas MADDO and mainly the department of agriculture. This year’s (2019) farmer field day was conducted in the district of Kyotera, Kabira subcounty Kiwumulo/Byafula village. A great number of about 300 farmers turned up to get knowledge in the best farmer’s practices, create friendship amongst farmers, and knowing where to sell their produces. ERI, a project funded by HORIZONT 3000, organized this day and the following were exposed off to the participants: (proper gardening, waste pits, tree planting, tree nursery management, animal husbandry, water harvesting technologies, organic manual making amongest others)
The theme of the day was “Uplift your finances and agriculture through community organization”.
A group of 75 youths were trained in principles and practices of commercial crop and animal husbandry at NARO Kamenyamiggo Satellite Station. This training under the MASHOLIF project was aimed at empowering the youth with appropriate knowledge and skills to ably engage in agricultural production.
The participants received certificates of attendance which was an indicator that they took time to get the knowledge and the skills in crop and animal commercial practices.
Over 27 members participated in Carbon project training. The training took two days thus 10th – 11th of September 2019. Amongst the participants were MADDO staff members, farmers and Lorena stove builders. The training was about the Improved Cook Stoves (ICS) which can both save the environment and provide more fuel for food preparation within the farmers’ households. A lot more technicalities were trained to the participants including the design measurements, building materials of the stove among others. The project is in its planning phase however it expects to have 2000-3000 households using the fuel saving stoves by the year 2020. The project is funded by Austrian development cooperation (Ecotopia & Klimakollelte) through HORIZONT 3000 and it’s to work in districts of Masaka, Kyotera, Rakai and Bukomansimbi. If the project starts, it will help in reducing carbon in space and this will lead to environmental preservation as the rate at which trees are cut for firewood will be reduced. The consumption rate of firewood is estimated to reduce at about 40% and smoke significantly.
The previous Caritas MADDO strategic Plan (2013-2018) has been successfully evaluated and this lead to a new strategic plan (2018-2023). Gratitude goes to all the stakeholders for the great contribution upon coming up with this new strategic plan. The strategic plan was developed through workshop and subsequent smaller departmental meetings inclusive of different stakeholders. It was launched by the new Vicar General of Masaka Diocese in the presence of MADDO board members, MADDO working group and other stakeholders.
Caritas MADDO, through its Departments of Health and Welfare made merry this year’s World Day of the Sick organised in Nkoni Parish – Lwengo District. Over one thousand patients were attended to and given free therapeutic health services. There was donating blood, voluntary testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS for at least all the patients, besides the elderly and the most vulnerable persons received basic essential items like; sugar, soap, clothing & food among others.
Caritas MADDO‘s ERI Project funded by HORIZONT3000, organized a Farmer field Day
in Kyotera District where over 230 participants were exposed to all the activities trained and promoted by the Caritas MADDO and these include establishing kitchen gardens, soil and water conservation structures, waste pits, well managed coffee and banana plantations, tree planting, tree nursery management, animal management, sweet potato silage making and feeding, raising banana tissues in nursery, dish racks, wood saving stoves, water harvesting technologies among others
Theme “The youth, be a pillar of the church and nation through working in associations”
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Strengthening the capacity and retooling Field Extension staff of MADDO in “Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer and Gender in the Dairy Value Chain.”
- Dairy Value Chain
- Entrepreneurship and farm economics
- Training of Trainers
- Dairy farm management
- Herd improvement, health and fertility
- Participants will know and understand the dairy value chain in MADDO’s milk catchment area.
- Participants will be able to develop and operate an appropriate farm management system, including feed planning, pasture management and ratio formulation
- Participants will be to develop appropriate milk control systems form hygienic milk production and handling, collection, testing and processing. Critical control points will be identified.
- Participants will be equipped with training skills that will be used transfer knowledge to colleagues, community based trainers and dairy farmers
- Participants will be to offer technical guidance pertaining group formation and strengthening.
Fish farming sector in Uganda continues to grow faster. Caritas MADDO is being supported by OPAM(Opera di Promozione della Alfabetizzazione nel Mondo) has continued to support the rural poor improve their welfare in nutrition and diversify income sources as well as conserving the environment. Employing sustainable fish farming techniques i.e Fish ponds the project targets and is working with the unemployed youth and vulnerable households organised in groups that have access to land for fish farming, using sustainable fish farming techniques.
Since the project’s inauguration in May 2016 the first four youth groups are a few months away from harvesting from their fish ponds.
Fish farming as it started in Kalungu and Masaka Districts