The village of Murole is located on the western border of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the South western corner of Uganda. Perched on several steep slopes, the only way to reach the village is by hiking several hours up a steep and slippery path. While the remote and rugged landscape is breathtaking, it also presents a great challenge to Murole’s community members who survive on a household income of less than $0.10 a day.

Murole is so isolated that it takes nearly 2 hours to complete the difficult 8 km trek each way to the nearest reliable water source, healthcare facility and school. As such, water collection is extremely time consuming and strenuous. Those who choose to collect water from nearer but unprotected streams often contract waterborne diseases such as typhoid. Additionally, villagers with illnesses such as malaria usually choose not to venture to the health clinic until they are seriously ill. Because it is difficult for young children to complete the long journey, they often do not begin attending school until the age of 10. Coupled with the requirement for children to participate in household labour, the village’s illiteracy rate reached approximately 98%.

With no road to bring crops to neighboring villages or markets and with poor agricultural yields, trade was nearly non-existent. Subsistence farming had exhausted soil nutrients, and mountain gorilla raids, climate change and ineffective techniques have also added to villagers’ agricultural struggles. Despite their many challenges, the members of Murole are incredibly passionate and committed to the projects which will secure the wellbeing of their future generations.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • AGRICULTURE & NUTRITION

    Establishment of goat cooperative and cooperative management training; Agricultural training; Bacterial banana wilt initiative

  • WATER & SANITATION

    Protection of communal springs and stream; Construction of Rainwater Harvesting System; WASH training

  • EDUCATION

    Construction of primary school, Support in attaining government support of school

  • HEALTHCARE

    Construction of a medical supplies storage building, coordination of visits from health outreach clinic; Health training

  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    Construction of community centre; Financial training

VILLAGE STATS  

District: Kisoro
Sub-County: Nyabwishenya
Population: 415
Location:


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PROJECT DETAILS  

Project start date: September 2012

Main challenges:
Water & Sanitation,
Agriculture & Nutrition,
Education,
Healthcare

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