The village of Bucece is located in a southwestern Uganda, surrounding by mountainous landscape that while beautiful, is extremely isolating to the community.

Travel by land to markets, schools and medical centres is very difficult due to the steep terrain and absence of roads. And while Bucece is located on the shores of Lake Mutondo, which offers a short-cut to nearest town, this option is not currently viable enough to address issues of education and literacy, income generation and healthcare.  Community members rely on dugout canoes to cross the water but due to the instability of these vessels, numerous drownings occur yearly – most often of women travelling to market.

The predominant livelihood in Bucece is subsistence farming. However, excessive deforestation, poor agricultural methods, climate change and the absence of livestock are severely threatening the wellbeing of community members. Malnutrition and low household income continue to plague villagers.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • AGRICULTURE & NUTRITION

    Agricultural training; Crop diversification; Establishment of a goat cooperative

  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    Provision of a safe boat; Establishment of community boat program which will facilitate safe and reliable access to market, schools and healthcare.

  • WATER & SANITATION

    Protection of springs to reduce water contamination, Water and Hygiene Sanitation (WASH) training

  • HEALTHCARE

    Coordination of health outreach clinics, Healthcare training, Set-up of bicycle ambulance cooperative

VILLAGE STATS  

District: Kisoro
Sub-County: Kirundo
Population: 517
Location:


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PROJECT DETAILS  

Project start date: November 2013
Main challenges:
Agriculture & Nutrition,
Community Development
Healthcare

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