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We-Live Project

We-Live Project description

Recognizing that, a limited economic opportunity is both a major cause and an effect of the two-decade LRA insurgency in northern Uganda; Women’s Livelihood Improvement (WeLive) Project has been designed to contribute towards improving the economic opportunities and food and nutrition security of 1,200 women in Alebtong District in northern Uganda.

WeLive project is being implemented by ACSET Uganda in partnership with GetOn Foundation. The project will therefore address: 1) lack of income generating activities by promoting small business and income generating activities among women, 2) lack of access to finances to support women’s business by promoting village savings and loan associations – VSLA where women can access micro-credits to boost their small business, 3) lack of nutritious food for the households by promoting vegetable production among women households by using kitchen garden approach.

Particularly, this project will enable the targeted households and people to attain sustained food and nutrition security, and realise increased household income – thereby becoming increasingly self-reliant.
Goal: The goal of We-Live project is to improve on food and nutrition security and economic resilience of 1,200 women especially caregivers of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) and single mothers in Alebtong District by 2020
Outcome 1. Increased income of 1,200 women by 50% by 2020
Outcome 2. Increased access to micro-credits / finances by 1,200 women to boost their small businesses by 2020
Outcome 3. Increased access to nutritious food by 1,200 women’s households by 2020

Support WeLive Project by donating to this link:
https://www.geef.nl/nl/actie/de-groe-n-ten-van-oeganda/donateurs.

S4A Vocational Training Institute

S4A Vocational Training Institute

ASCET Uganda entered into a partnership with Van Doorn Foundation in The Netherlands assisting with the establishment of Skills for All (S4A) Vocational Training Institute and with Gered Gereedschap Foundation also in The Netherland providing the necessary training equipment and tools for this vocational training centre. The vocational training centre is under establishment, a school business plan was drafted, a shipment of training equipment and tools (from Gered Gereedschap) is expected before the end of 2018 and the vocational training centre scheduled to become operational by 2019.

S4A vocational training institute will enable youth gain employment and uplift themselves and their communities. To start in 2019 with 200 students in carpentry, tailoring and welding, the institute will offer courses from six-months to one year hands-on practical skills that prepare young people to earn a living. This new focus was inspired by the feedback from youth themselves who see vocational skills development as something to change their lives for the better.
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Save 15th of November 2017 and Donate to Our Project

Save 15th of November 2017 and Donate to Our Project

Please Donate to Our project on 15th of November 2017. Food 4 Education (F4F) – School Garden is a project that aims at improving food and nutrition security by training youth and children on vegetable growing using kitchen garden approach. This project targets 10 Schools in Amolatar and Lira District – Northern Uganda.
Click: https://donate.seedmoney.org/1315/food-4-education-f4e-school-garden
F4E campaign is competting to win $400 grant from Seedmoney organization. The first 50 campaigns to reach $600 in funds raised will receive a $400 challenge grant from SeedMoney. So please DONATE ON 15th of November in order for us to win $400.
Our campaign will continue raising funds up to 14th of December even after our funding target has been reached

 

Project implemented

Project implemented

Education and Vocation skill Promotion:

  1. Empowering Sustainable Education of Disadvantaged Youth – ESEDY: this project sponsored over 30 orphans and other vulnerable children to access quality education at primary and secondary schools. The project also supported 15 girls to attain vocational skills in tailoring, carpentry, welding and mechanics. This project was supported by Friends of Northern Uganda – California and implemented in partnership with Cleverland High School – Namasale Amolatar.
  2. quality primary and secondary education. It was supported by Uplands Nations – Sweden and AMEN Worldwide – USA Child Sponsorship Programme: this project sponsored over 20 orphans to access
  3. School Enterprise Challenge (SEC) 2017: SEC is a project building capacities of school children on business skills, agriculture and life-skills. It is being implemented in partnership with Teach A Man To Fish Organization – UK

School Enterprise Challenge (SEC)

School Enterprise Challenge (SEC)

School Enterprise Challenge (SEC) is a project building capacities of school children on business skills, agriculture and life-skills. It is being implemented in 9 schools in Amolatar and Lira District. Some schools are doing bread and juice making, others are doing horticulture farming and Learning aid making. The project is being implemented in partnership with Teach A Man To Fish Organization – UK. http://teachamantofish.org.uk/

Orphans Kitchen Garden Project

Orphans Kitchen Garden Project

ACSET Uganda in partnership with Seedmoney is implementing a Kitchen Garden project to promote vegetable gardening within the households of the orphans and rural poor. The project aims at improving Food and nutrition security of the rural poor households in Adekokwok subcounty in Lira District. The project also leads to economic resilience of orphans’ households through sale of vegatables. In 2017, the project will be scaled to schools promoting skills among children through school gardening and school enterprise challenge.

 

Soy Bean Production and Value Chain Development for Food and Economic Empowerment

Soy Bean Production and Value Chain Development for Food and Economic Empowerment

Agriculture contributes 20% of Uganda’s GDP, accounts for 48% of exports (DSIP, 2010) and provides a large proportion of the raw materials for industry with food processing, alone accounting for 40% of total manufacturing. The sector employs 73% of the working population aged 10 years and older and government sees agriculture as the key determinant in the country’s efforts to reduce poverty in its long-term vision. Two of the four investment packages under the Agriculture Sector Development Strategy and Investment Plan (DSIP) are (i) Enhancing Production and Productivity; (ii) Improving Access to Markets and Value Addition. ACSET – Uganda addresses the above two packages under a project titled; Soy Bean Production and Value Chain Development for Food and Economic Empowerment.

The Soy Bean sub-sector was chosen as the entry point for this intervention because of its contribution towards poverty alleviation in Uganda through various means; it serves as food for the households, can be processed to powder to curb down malnutrition in children below five years, can be marketed to increase economic resilience of farmers where income got can be channeled to cater for education, health and other household needs. Soy Bean in itself has a clear pathway out of poverty by addressing food and nutritional security of the households and economic empowerment.

ACSET – Uganda’s local value chain approach is used to build the capacity of farmers in marketing efficiency and to connect farmers with profitable markets that will yield reliable income streams for the farm produce, build capacity of civil society organizations, local government and private sector actors in line with value chain development. ACSET – Uganda’s Saving Group model builds farmers skills in financial literacy and value-adding technologies as well as establishment of collection centers for purposes of Post-harvest handling.

 

RELIEF Programme

RELIEF Programme (Renewable Energy for Light, Economic-empowerment and Food) in Partnership with Urbis-Foundation

Renewable Energy for Light, Economic empowerment & Food (RELIEF – Project) has been implemented in two villages (Agamotic and Amuk) and two schools (Etam Seed Secondary School and Arwot Community Primary School) in Etam Sub-county in Amolatar District in Northern Uganda.

RELIEF Project is to improve on the education, health and livelihoods of the rural households through cheap and sustainable source of energy. And to improve on the economic resilience of women. Goal: Promote use of renewable energy at households, schools & health centers.

What has been done so far:

Two schools with a total of 657 students and pupils now have renewable source of energy (solar lighting system) for night studies, charging of phones and operation of laptops.

2. Two Villages with a total of 200 beneficiaries (households) now have renewable potable self-rechargeable solar lantern for night use and pupils night reading at home.

3. Three groups of women (self-help groups) totaling to 90 members are still undergoing training on financial literacy, business skills and village savings and loan association (VSLA).

4. The three women groups are actively saving income in their VSLA and loaning small amount of money to its members in order to strengthen members’ small businesses (income generating activities).

5. The use of paraffin among the 200 beneficiaries (households) has reduced by 75% according to our survey.

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Research on Agriculture Value Chain and Agricultural

Research on Agriculture Value Chain and Agricultural Market System Development in Northern Uganda

This project strives to find out the trajectories in Agricultural Market System Development and Agricultural Value Chain Development in Northern Uganda.

ACSET Uganda is working with other development partners carrying out research on value chain development of specific sectors of oil seeds, cassava, horticulture, pig, poultry, ginger among others. This research also digs deep to find out what happens in the agricultural market system in Northern Uganda and possible areas of interventions in the agriculture value chain and market system development. More details will be uploaded soon.