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ACTED newsletter no. 41 - Nov 2007


ACTED Uganda: ACTED responds to ?oods in Eastern Uganda

The eastern part of Uganda has been affected by unusually heavy rains since July 2007. The rains resulted in massive ?ooding and landslides affecting thousands of people with mass displacement occurring. Houses, sanitation systems, roads and bridges have been destroyed and food crops have either been damaged or washed away. Tragically, most of the ? ood affected areas are those that have recently returned IDPs within their communities. The returnees had just started a new life outside the IDP camps when the ?oods hit. According to an assessment by the Uganda Red Cross Society, approximately 89,000 households have been severely affected by the ?oods and 58,000 households were displaced. Crops have been destroyed at a time when the population expected a bumper harvest. This has serious implications on household food security. In addition, many water sources are contaminated by ?ood water and pit latrines are over?owing and further contaminating the water. This poses a serious threat to health conditions and the affected population is exposed to epidemics such as cholera and dysentery. In partnership with UNICEF, ACTED Uganda is responding to the ? oods in Katakwi District and will address the sanitary situation of 21 schools.

ACTED Uganda: Livestock Fairs in Oyam District

With funding from UNICEF and FAO, ACTED Uganda is implementing a project which aims at improving livelihoods of communities in Northern Uganda affected by the LRA insurgency through the distribution of vouchers-for-work. This distribution scheme is linked to intensive labour-based school rehabilitation/construction. Vouchers and not cash are paid at a rate of 4.6 USD and 2.3 USD per day to skilled and unskilled labourers, respectively, as remuneration for the work done in school construction.

Acquired vouchers are subsequently redeemed for small livestock like goats, sheep and piglets or large livestock like cattle upon pooling their vouchers at organized animal fairs. Up to two animal fairs will be conducted per school, bringing the total number of fairs to 18 for the 9 targeted schools. Livestock is supplied at lower prices than the common market can offer and bene? ciaries sensitized to develop a saving culture through animal husbandry. With a budget of 102,000 USD, the program aims at improving the livelihoods of 4,200 people in the district.

So far 4 animal fairs have been conducted and realized redemption of 213 goats, 13 sheep and 103 cattle by 203 bene? ciaries at Obangangeo, Loro, Oyoe and Aber primary schools. The total vouchers worth redeemed at these fairs was 16,000 USD. Animal fairs are community driven and organized with the attendance of the local councillors, the host school headmaster and the Oyam District Veterinary Officer.

The animal fair at Aber primary school in addition attracted attendance of representatives from the funding organizations, UNICEF and FAO, including the FAO ? lm team. ACTED will also train 15 progressive farmers to provide animal health services to animals of the program bene? ciaries. They will also be provided with basic drugs and equipment and a bicycle to aid them render the same services to the wider community.

The article was written by Dr. Moses Okino.