The village of Kagezi is characterized by its many hills and V-Shaped valleys. Villagers remain perched high atop these hills in an effort to minimize the risk of being affected by running water and floods.
Kagezi is a community which relies on subsistence farming and its livelihood is continually threatened by low yields; a result of poor soil quality, ineffective farming methods and low quality seeds. A lack of livestock is also a factor in the extremely low incomes of most villagers.
There is no school in Kagezi and the long and difficult trek to the nearest school prevents most families from sending younger children to school. Instead, most children stay at home and help with household chores and farming until they reach the age of 7. When they do start attending school, many children drop out quickly due to the humiliation of being behind in their studies. Consequently, the illiteracy rate in Kagezi is approximately 80%.
The nearest medical centre is prohibitively far meaning that villagers only make the difficult 4km trek only when they become severely ill. Water-related diseases are prevalent, particularly when the boreholes, which are in disrepair, run dry and the villagers resort to using contaminated water from the stream.A commitment from both Raising The Village and Kagezi has been established to encourage the recovery efforts necessary to minimize the risks associated with everyday life as a Kagezi community member.
Project start date: May 2013
Agriculture & Nutrition,
Water & Sanitation,