Caritas MADDO has improved household food security and income while conserving the environment through different projects that reach out to people and address their farming needs.
As gazette on Caritas MADDO calendar, the farmer field day was conducted on the 15th of December 2020. ERI (Enabling Rural Innovation) Project conducted a farmer field day in Lwanda Sub County which was hosted by Mr. Kasinga Matia of Tukolerewamu women group in Mpaama village. Many government officials from the district and the sub county of Lwanda attended and appreciated the great works of Caritas MADDO. There were also a number of farmers from different groups in Lwanda Sub County attending with an aim of acquiring more knowledge.
Assistant Director giving his remarks
In his speech, the assistant director Caritas MADDO Fr. Simon Peter emphasized the need to strengthen committees and also empower the youth for sustainable development. He added that groups had to be more innovative and take farming as a business. He advised the Cooperative to have another field day to evaluate themselves and thanked the community for the improved hygiene witnessed.
The donor to Kyamulibwa project through Caritas MADDO supported over 2000 families with food and other essential personal and home necessities. At the play grounds of Kyamulibya parish, food and other necessities were given to a group of sponsored families in Kyamulibwa. On the same note, many families were given food directly from their homes. Girls were given sanitary pads as a healthy measure to support them throughout COVID tragedy. There were also many other things done to help the students who are missing school to stay active. Piles of educational notes and reference questions where given to students so as to keep them active in this COVID time. A great thanks to the donor for the great support she gives to the needy of Kyamulibwa in Kalungu district.
German government (ILD) and parish of Hannberg has given support in terms of Bicycles to the Village Health Teams (VHTs). Twenty bicycles have been given out in Busaggula, a parish of Masaka Diocese through Caritas MADDO’s BBK project. This support to the VHTs is aimed at easing their services in the villages. Now that the team has gotten the bicycles, many people’s lives will be saved since the VHT can easily travel to assist the sick at all times. This will also help the health centres to ease tracking of the sick in the villages as there will be easy follow of information.
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.
Caritas MADDO local Stakeholder Consultation Report on Carbon project is available for download.
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.