For more than 20 years, terror reigned in northern Uganda as the Lord’s Resistance Army attacked villages, leaving death and destruction in its wake.
While peace has since settled in the area, 1.6 million people were left displaced from the conflict, living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps. When they arrived back to their villages, which had been left abandoned for years, the need for food and water was critical.
Susan is a young widow with five children and one of the 2,500 families we have been able to help. Two years ago, Susan was struggling to put food on her table to feed her children. Now, she not only has enough food for her family, she has also been able to sell her excess crops to purchase a cow and goats and still has enough to pay the school fees so that her children can get an education! Her life has been transformed from one of despair and uncertainty to one filled with hope and promise.
In 2007, we began an agricultural program providing mechanized farming techniques allowing families to plow two acres of their land. We also supply them with tools (spades, hoes, shovels, wheel barrows etc.) and seeds so they can begin growing their own food. As a result, many families can now feed their children, send them to school, and afford the construction of permanent homes.
In addition to the agricultural despair in Uganda, the conflict resulted in a water crisis. More than one billion people worldwide try to live on contaminated water and 1.6 million children will die as a result.
In the past five years, we have dug new wells and repaired existing ones, giving more than 150,000 people access to clean water. Thousands of families in Uganda have had their lives transformed because of thoughtful people, like you, who understand that when you invest in agriculture and clean
Uganda is located in East/Central Africa, away from the coast.