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In our 22 years we’ve done 22 projects, varying in size and focus, as detailed below. Lasting change includes a map showing the Districts of Uganda in which we’ve worked. This case study illustrates a major project in more detail. Visit our Flickr site to see our projects in action.

 

Goat houseMajor projects

These projects typically follow the format described in our successful approach.

Our recent Lira, Apac & Oyam Project 2011-13 – Summary & Evaluation demonstrates how successful this approach has been.

Please click on each title to find out more about the project.

 

1 Establishing sustainable farming: Mubende, Mpigi and Kiboga

When: 1998-2001

No. of households helped directly: 600

Location: Mubende, Mpigi and Kiboga Districts, Central Uganda

Project summary: Inputs and training were provided to establish sustainable farming and bee-keeping businesses. A training farm was established at the Masulita Children’s Village so that the children could learn good farming methods. A honey collecting centre was also built at Ngoma. Beneficiaries were also trained in environmental management, HIV awareness and nutrition.

Donors: European Union; Norwegian Aid Agency (NORAD); Comic Relief; Isle of Man Overseas Aid Committee; Guernsey Overseas Aid Committee; Hilden Charitable Fund; Scott Bader Commonwealth Ltd.

2 Establishing sustainable farming, with goats/pigs: Mukono, Kiboga and Tororo

When: 2000-2003

No. of households helped directly:  450

Location: Mukono, Kiboga and Tororo Districts, Central & Eastern Uganda

Project summary: Each household was trained in a range of productive farming techniques.

In addition, each was given 3 goats or 3 pigs (the families’ choice) and trained. The households farmed the goats or pigs to achieve a profit and paid back the purchase costs over an agreed period, including by giving kids and piglets to other households.

Donors: UK’s National Lottery Charities Board (now the Big Lottery Fund)

3 Establishing sustainable farming: Masindi and Nakasongola

When: 2003-2006

No. of households helped directly:  600

Location: Masindi and Nakasongola Districts, Central & Western Uganda

Project summary: Inputs and training were provided to establish sustainable farming, including education about HIV/AIDS and the benefits of better nutrition.

Donors: Norwegian Aid Agency (NORAD); Isle of Man Overseas Aid Committee; Guernsey Overseas Aid Committee.

4 Establishing sustainable farming, housing, pit latrines & water tanks: Mbarara, Rakai and Ssembabule

When: 2005-2009

No. of households helped directly:  600

Location: Mbarara, Rakai and Ssembabule Districts, Central & Western Uganda

Project summary: Raised awareness of land rights and mediated land disputes, including through the training of Community Legal Aid Providers (CLAPs).

Smallholder farmers were trained and supported to develop sustainable farming approaches, and were educated about HIV/AIDS and the benefits of better nutrition. There was also a programme of tree planting to improve the environment.

Demonstration housing was constructed, including tin roofs for collection of rain water. 53 houses with pit-latrines were built; 13 for orphaned-headed families. A further 230 householders received ferro-concrete water tanks. TAO worked with the remaining participating families to help them generate income from farming to fund their own tanks, having demonstrated to them the benefits of having a ready water supply.

Donors: Big Lottery Fund; La Chiesa Valdese (an Italian church); Isle of Man Overseas Aid Committee; Guernsey Overseas Aid Committee; Barclays Bank, Uganda

5 Establishing land rights and sustainable farming for returning IDPs: Lira, Apac and Oyam

When: 2008-11

No. of households helped directly:  525 + 4,365 aware of their land rights

Location: Lira, Apac and Oyam Districts, Northern Uganda

Project summary: Supported internally displaced persons (IDP) on their return from IDP camps to secure ownership of their former land and re-establish agricultural production. Participants were trained in sustainable farming methods, the use of animal traction and natural resource management. Village and District environmental committees were established to improve the quality of the conflict-damaged land and reforest where appropriate.

Beneficiaries were trained in crop production, bee-keeping, animal farming and environmental management. Oxen were provided to aid farming processes.

Donors: Big Lottery Fund; Baring and John Ellerman Foundations; Guernsey Overseas Aid Committee; La Chiesa Valdese (an Italian church)

6 Improving farming productivity and creating access to commercial markets: Lira, Apac and Oyam

When: 2011-2013

No. of households helped directly:  1,800

Location: Lira, Apac and Oyam Districts, Northern Uganda

Project summary: This project built on our previous work in these districts (Project 4) to provide wider training in agricultural skills and, crucially, to enable the beneficiaries to access the commercial market for their produce.

This was a very innovative project in which we helped smallholder farmers develop the management, financial and marketing skills they needed to work together in groups, then register as Farmer Cooperatives and negotiate with commercial buyers. To enable them to store produce to sell in bulk, the project included the construction of three stores. The independent evaluation Lira, Apac & Oyam Project 2011-13 – Summary & Evaluation shows the great success of this project.

Donor: UK Department of International Development (DfID)

7 Establishing sustainable farming and access to commercial markets: Pader

When: 2011-2015 (3 years)

No. of households helped directly: 600

Location: Pader District, Northern Uganda

Project summary: This project was TAO’s first in this district; an area that was affected heavily by the decades of conflict. As well as applying our proven approach to train households in developing productive and sustainable agricultural techniques, this project included a major element to raise awareness of land rights and provide support for cases of disputed land ownership.

In addition, the project focused specifically on environmental management, including through the provision of input and training on keeping goats and bees, and planting trees for sustainability.

Further details can be found in our TAO Annual Report 2014.

Donors: Comic Relief; Scott Bader Commonwealth; Guernsey Overseas Aid Committee; La Chiesa Valdese (an Italian church)

8 Land Rights: Kole and Dokolo

When: 2013-2016

No. of households helped directly: Supports whole community

Location: Kole and Dokolo Districts, Northern Uganda

Project summary: These districts were affected immensely by the war with the LRA and the internal displacement caused by it. As a result, women and children have been unable to gain fair access to land. This project was therefore an in-depth focus on supporting the achievement of a sustainable commitment to land rights. Further details can be found in the TAO Annual Report 2015.

Donors: Baring and John Ellerman Foundations

9 Improving girls’ school attendance through affordable sanitary towels

When: 2015-2017

No. helped directly: Supports 2,000 primary school girls and the wider community

Location: Kole District, Northern Uganda

Project summary: As a result of the considerable stigma surrounding menstruation and the relatively high cost of disposable sanitary pads, a considerable proportion of girls drop out of school when they start menstruating, as detailed in our article, A simple solution to a huge problem. This project is a pilot aiming to find ways of both producing re-usable, washable sanitary pads and encouraging families to buy them for their daughters, enabling girls to complete their education.

Donors: Scott Bader Commonwealth Ltd and another donor

10 Land rights, agri-business & climate change resistance in Pader

When: 2016-2019

No. of households helped directly: 750 directly, a further 2,200 householders involved in training and the wider community

Location: Pader Districts, Northern Uganda

Project summary: As with our 2011-2015 project in Pader, this project involves training small farmers to develop productive and sustainable agricultural techniques, building their finance and marketing skills and helping them to create farmer co-operatives and effective agri-businesses, and supporting and training them to improve their climate change resistance. The project also includes a major element to raise awareness of land rights and provide support for cases of disputed land ownership.

Further details can be found under our Current Projects.

Donors: Comic Relief and Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission 

 

 

Housing & watertank for orphan-headed householdCapital projects

Depending on the individual circumstances in a community and donor preferences, we may fund capital projects that support our work to improve agricultural productivity and access to markets – or we work in partnership with other NGOs providing support on aspects such as improved water and sanitation.

Right: Housing & watertank for orphan-headed household

 

11 Access to water: Masulita

When: 1998

No. of households helped directly:  Masulita village, including the Childrens Home

Location: Masulita, Wakiso District, Central Uganda

Project summary: We constructed an elevated water-tank and water pump at the Masulita Children’s Village Home, from where water was supplied to nearby villages. The community only had to contribute to the maintenance costs.

Donor: Australian Aid Agency

12 Maize Mill: Masulita

When: 2000

No. of households helped directly:  120 + the Children’s Home (50 children)

Location: Masulita, Wakiso District, Central Uganda

Project summary: An inoperative maize mill was replaced with a new mill at the Masulita Children’s Village that allowed all local maize farmers to be self-sufficient in the maize production and milling process. The community paid to use the mill, so that the Children’s Village was able to make money.

The smallholder farmers also received training in the growing of maize.

Donor: Australian Aid Agency

13 Vocational Training Institute: Nakasongola

When: 2002-07

No. helped directly: The project provided places for up to 100 vocational students at a time, and up to 500 secondary school children from the Migyera area.

Location: Migyera, Nakasongola District, Central Uganda

Project summary: The project began initially in 2002 when we provided some vocational training for orphans at Nile Vocational Institute and at centres at Kumi and Mbarara.

To address an absence of vocational training facilities in this remote, war-affected area, we then established a residential vocational training institute providing two-year courses in farming, building and tailoring/dress-making skills. A connected farm was also created to provide food and income to help support the Vocational Training Institute.

As the Institute was built on a former cattle ranch, the project included clearing the land, constructing school buildings, dormitories and staff housing, connecting electricity, and erecting water tanks.  The latter also supplied water to the neighbouring village of Migyera.

Donors: European Union; Elton John AIDS Foundation; Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission; Isle of Man Overseas Aid; Scott Bader Commonwealth Ltd.; Hilden Charitable Fund; + additional donors via UWESO in Uganda and the USA.

14 Provision of water tanks: Rakai

When: 2007-2008

Location: Rakai District, Central Uganda

Project summary: We constructed 16 x 10,000 litre Crest water tanks – 10 at schools, 4 at health centres and 2 as community tanks. All were supported with rainwater-collection equipment.

Donors: Scott Bader Commonwealth Ltd,; Hilden Charitable Fund

15 Provision of water tanks: Ssembabule, Lyantonde and Kiruhura

When: 2008-2009

No. helped directly: about 44k people use the centres

Location: Ssembabule, Lyantonde and Kiruhura Districts, southern-Central Uganda

Project summary: We provided water harvesting tanks to 6 health units, including six 10k litre plastic tanks and one large (partially underground) 40k litre tank.

Donor: Australian Aid Agency

 

BeekeeperSmaller projects

Wherever possible, beekeeping is a component of our projects. However, we have also run a number of small projects specifically to enable households to develop beekeeping businesses. Each of these projects provided beehives and training in the production of honey and beeswax. Honey-collecting centres were also set up where appropriate. Within two or three years households can be operating up to 30 hives, each of which should produce two crops of honey and beeswax each year. Participants are therefore able to pay back the costs of purchasing the beehives over an agreed period from the profits they generate.

Our smaller projects also include provision of other inputs, training and financial support for small businesses.

16 Beekeeping: Luweero

When: 1995-1998

No. of households helped directly:  150

Location: Luweero, Kiboga and Mubende Districts, Central Uganda

Donor: Comic Relief

17 Beekeeping: Masaka

When: 1997-2000

No. of households helped directly:  100

Location: Masaka District, Central Uganda

Donors: UK Department of International Development (DfID); Isle of Man Overseas Aid Committee; Guernsey Overseas Aid Committee; Scott Bader Commonwealth Ltd.; Hilden Charitable Fund

18 Beekeeping: Rakai

When: 1999-2002

No. of households helped directly:  100

Location: Rakai District, Central Uganda

Donor: UK’s National Lottery Charities Board (now the Big Lottery Fund)

19 Beekeeping: Mbarara

When: 1999-2002

No. of households helped directly:  50

Location: Mbarara District, Western Uganda

Donors: Guernsey Overseas Aid Committee; Isle of Man Overseas Aid Committee; Scott Bader Commonwealth Ltd.

20 Soya bean and maize flour production: Kaborole

When: 1997

No. of households helped directly:  200

Location: Kaborole District, Western Uganda

Project summary: Provided training, seeds, tools (hoes, shovels, etc.) and grinding equipment to enable households to grow soya bean and maize flour to generate income for the households.

Donor: Australian Aid Agency

21 Seeds for displaced persons: Gulu

When: 2007

No. of households helped directly:  200

Location: Gulu, Northern Uganda

Project summary: Provided seeds for millet, sogam, maize, cassava, beans, peas, sweet potatoes and sesame seed for displaced persons in this conflict-torn area.

Donor: Stichtling Vluchteling Foundation

22 Mosquito nets & hygiene training: Kaborole

When: 1998-2000

No. of households helped directly:  200

Location: Kaborole District, Western Uganda

Project summary: Provided public health and hygiene training to local communities. Supplied free mosquito nets to 200 people and the opportunity for more nets to be purchased at subsidised rates, in order to reduce malaria and other diseases.

Donor: Australian Aid Agency

23 Micro-credit funding for small businesses: Mbale

When: 1998-2000

No. of households helped directly:  600

Location: Mbale District, Eastern Uganda

Project summary: Provided funding for participants to establish self-sustaining small businesses. Each participant was lent the equivalent of US$100 to be paid back in monthly instalments over a six month period. They used the funds for a variety of approved small business activities, including the establishment of market stalls and small cafés and the purchase of bicycle and moped taxis.

Donor: UK’s National Lottery Community Fund (now the Big Lottery Fund)