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.