Kitgum emergency relief, rehabiliation
and preparedness programme
Objectives at a glance:
- Meet the food needs of 9,674 people
- Improve the water supply by rehabilitating
10 boreholes (2 each in 5 subcounties)
- Improve the sanitary conditions for
300 people in IDP camps, by constructing 12 latrines
- Provide blankets and household utensils
to 1,934 households
- Provide measles immunizations to 557
- Provide psychosocial support to people
suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD)
- Provide short-maturing seed varieties
to 4,298 households
district: Kitgum, northern Uganda, with response in five subcounties:
Namo Kora, Mucwini, Palabek Gem, Padibe East, Padibe West.
Intervention duration: September
2002 - May 2003
- Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) raids
drove farmers off land during planting season.
- Livestock raids by Karamajong people
left Kitgum residents with few animals to sell for cash.
- Skyrocketing food costs in local markets.
In Mucwini market: Sorghum prices increased 200%, beans 300%.
- First rainy season (April-June) lasted
only until the end of April resulting massive crop failure. The second
rainy season (July-November) began on schedule but farmers were unable
to plant their fields at the proper time due to insecurity.
- Provide cereal grain to 9,674 people
for three months (Sept-November 2002). Some food harvest should come in
December. Grain will be purchased in local markets to boost the local economy
and encourage farmers in surplus areas to produce.
- Distributions carried out with cooperation
of local churches and government officials
- Amount of food transported is estimated
to be 58 tonnes every two weeks (approximately eight trucks needed per