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Aug 25 2016

TAO’s 2015 Annual Report announces new agri-business project

TAO Annual ReportTrust for Africa’s Orphans (TAO) is delighted to publish the TAO Annual Report 2015, which includes an announcement of a new agri-business project funded principally by Comic Relief.

This new three year agri-business project in northern Uganda’s Pader District reflects the great success of our previous Comic Relief-funded project elsewhere in Pader, which was completed in January 2015. The new project commenced in April 2016 and is detailed in our Current Projects.

The second highlight of 2015 was the commencement of our project to improve girls’ school attendance by making available affordable sanitary towels, which was discussed in our news piece, A simple solution to a huge problem.

Throughout 2015 we also continued our in-depth project to build community understanding of and commitment to land, women’s and children’s rights, a project generously funded by the Baring and Ellerman Foundations. Deprived of their right to land, women and children have no means to generate an income, with the result that many had only one meal a day and no way out of poverty. Previous efforts to address the deep-seated problems had failed. We are therefore delighted at the results from our in-depth work, which has been developed through very close involvement of the local community.

Chairman, Iain Knapman, said:

“I am very excited about our projects and the fundamental changes they are achieving in northern Uganda, which has such tremendous needs. We are extremely grateful for the continuing support of Comic Relief. I also particularly want to thank our primary delivery partner, TAO Uganda, for implementing our projects so successfully during 2015.”

The Annual Report was approved at our Annual General Meeting on 24 August 2016. The Chairman also announced the sad death of Richard Crowson CMG on 11 April 2016. Richard was involved with TAO from its beginning in 1993 and was Chair from 1996 until 2007. He continued as a Director until 2009 and since then been an enthusiastic Patron. TAO will miss him greatly.