An ongoing drought in Uganda that is expected to intensify poverty in rural areas can be addressed through international efforts. Young Leaders of Uganda is alarmed by this current situation and is positioned to not only distribute food aid but to also build the infrastructure that can help the country avoid such circumstances in the future.
Short term food aid is desperately needed in order to avoid more than one million people from dying of starvation. Seeds are urgently needed as the rains have begun and planting needs to occur now.
Just $70 USD feeds 10 families for one week! This pays for 40 KG's of beans and 50 KG's of posho (a corn-based starch; similar to polenta in Italian cuisine). Our network can rapidly and securely deliver these urgently needed supplies in one day, saving lives.
The failure of several rainy seasons has especially devastated the farming communities. The seeds needed to plant for the upcoming season have been eaten to stave off starvation, but have left them in an extremely vulnerable position.
Just $10,000 USD will provide enough seeds for about 2000 farmers.
In February (2017) some seedlings were donated and given to children.
Modern methods of irrigating crops and strategically planting trees result in the country once again being able to more than feed its own people.
The rains have begun to return. These children are contributing by planting seedlings and watering them. Just $500 provides enough seeds to feed hundreds of families
Wood is the principal source of cooking, but the loss of tree cover is contributing to the loss of soil humidity and increased erosion. Trees need to be planted.
We have dug many wells such as the one pictured above. These sources of water, especially during this extended dry period, are making a huge difference. We have also planted thousands of tree seedlings. Funds are needed to develop irrigation systems so that farmers can securely grow food, as well as purchase more tree seedlings.
Equipping farmers to grow crops suited for drier conditions, crop rotation, natural pest control, reforestation and irrigation is essential in order to improve the country's resilience.
We have been educating children for some time. Education efforts urgently need to be expanded to farmers.