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Over the past few months, Uganda Fund's Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Lillian Ayaa has been checking in with previously funded community youth groups and we are thrilled with how the projects have progressed over time. In 2012, Uganda Fund provided funding to support 36 youth groups to conduct livelihood activities in Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Amuru and Nwoya districts. With small grants around 7,500,000 UGX (US$2,500), the youth groups launched income generating activities such as ox-plough cultivation, poultry keeping, animal rearing, fish farming, horticulture and apiary. 

kica berThe Kica Ber Farmers Group (pictured on left), located in Amuru District Toro Parish, has 16 active members who have multiplied their animal stock and livelihood activities several times over since receiving a small grant from Uganda Fund in 2012. They have even been able to help out another farmers group with the savings from their projects.

The Waken Paco Farmers Youth Group, located in Alero Sub county Nwoya District, bought 69 goats with the original grant. Currently the group has 100 goats. The 25-member group sold off 40 delivered goats and bought 4 cows and an ox-plough for cultivation of a 5 acre group farm. The Acan-Akwo Kwo Ki Lwete Youth Group in Gulu District, Bobi Sub County launched an ox plough cultivation enterprise on a 5 acre piece of land mainly growing cassava and sunflower. Savings from the enterprise is now being invested in the construction of an office space and storage facility, pictured below. Acan-Akwo has a vision for acquiring more land to expand production and to grow pine trees for market.

These may seem like small steps, but they are giant leaps in communities that are rebuilding from decades of war. Youth unemployment is a serious issue in northern Uganda, with some reports suggesting that close to 97% of youth are unemployed.DSCF2769

As contended by the UN’s High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, conditions of high unemployment and low human development amongst youth in the aftermath of conflict can increase the likelihood of a return to violence, and this security risk is compounded by the fact that 40% of post-conflict countries relapse into armed conflict in ten years or less. While there was no clear punctuation to the end of the armed conflict with the LRA, this year will mark the ten-year anniversary of the launch of the Juba peace talks. Northern Uganda is on the verge of overcoming such statistics, but the vulnerability to a return to conflict is heightened by the lack of economic opportunities for youth in the region.

Now is the time for increased investment in the youth of northern Uganda. The Uganda Fund seeks private and public, national and international partners who share our concern and want to give access to young people for educational scholarships, vocational training, and entrepreneurial programs. Please contact us for more information.Acan Akwo group

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  •  Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda
  • c/o Mary Page
  • 140 S. Dearborn Suite 1100
  • Chicago, Illinois 60603
  •  Phone: 504.314.2714
  •  info@ugandafund.org

 

 

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  •  Uganda Fund
    Plot 3 Erinayo Oryema Road
    Kanyagoga
    P.O. Box 1541
    Gulu, Uganda
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