The village of Rugongwe is an extremely isolated community located in a southwestern Uganda. Surrounded by steep and difficult terrain and without a road out, travel to markets, outside employment, schools, medical centres and even to collect water is very difficult.

The predominant livelihood in Rugongwe is subsistence farming. However, steep terrain, poor agricultural methods, climate change, poor access to markets and the absence of livestock are hampering any efforts of community members to move forward. Average household income is equal to 20 cents/day.

There are four water sources that are used by the members of Rugongwe. However, the nearest one is located 2.5 km away and none of them are protected meaning that waterborne diseases such as typhoid are very prevalent in the community. Poor sanitation and health education also contributes to high rates of disease.

The community members of Bucece are extremely passionate about improving their village and committed to our partnership.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • AGRICULTURE & NUTRITION

    Agricultural training; Distribution of improved seeds; Crop diversification; Establishment of a goat cooperative

  • WATER & SANITATION

    Protection of springs to prevent contamination; Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) training

  • HEALTHCARE

    Coordination of visits and training from a mobile health clinic

  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    Construction of a road which will facilitate access to water, market, outside work, schools and healthcare

VILLAGE STATS  

District: Kisoro
Sub-County: Bukimbiri
Population: 706
Location:


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PROJECT DETAILS  

Project start date: Late 2013
Main challenges:
Water & Sanitation,
Agriculture & Nutrition,
Community Development,
Healthcare

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