Financial and accounting expert? OR
Experienced in African agriculture?
As we sadly farewell two long-standing Trustee / Directors, we’re seeking two experts with experience and passion for transforming lives in Africa.
The great bulk of our funding goes to our Ugandan projects, so our UK office has only two staff members. Our Trustees / Directors therefore play a key, hands-on role. You will need to be willing to commit to Board meetings and meetings with the staff during working-hours, and to travelling to Uganda every few years for 1-2 weeks (at a time that suits you).
Treasurer: You’ll have expertise in finance and accounting matters, knowledge of the Sage accounting system, and the experience of business management in an African context needed to take oversight of the expenditure by our Ugandan partner organisations.
Agricultural expert: You’ll have the understanding of agricultural and sustainable development issues in Africa be able to help develop project plans and prepare winning fundraising proposals, and to provide oversight and input to the effective implementation of agri-business projects by our African partners.
We are recruiting for the above two roles. But if you’d like to help us but either don’t bring these specific skills or are unable to commit to the time required, please do get in touch to discuss other opportunities.
See our Jobs & volunteer roles page for details of roles and application process.
Trust for Africa’s Orphans’ major 3-year project in the impoverished north of Uganda has now been concluded, having brought great benefits to the community.
A full summary and photos of this project can now be seen in TAO Annual Report 2014.
The ‘Improving land rights, livelihoods and climate change resistance’ project, funded by Comic Relief, built on the tremendous success of our previous major agri-business project, see Lira, Apac & Oyam Project 2011-13 – Summary & Evaluation. Like the Lira project it organised the small farmers, mostly women, into farmer associations, training them in the agricultural and business skills needed to be able to sell in bulk at commercial prices to large buyers. The result was a great increase in the income for the 600 participating households, which supported 2,700+ orphans and other vulnerable children.
The project also went further than the Lira one. It included significant work to improve understanding and acceptance of land rights. This northern Uganda community continues to be very affected by the decades of conflict, and women – especially widows – and children are particularly vulnerable to being denied access to their rightful land. The project resolved about 30 land cases and raised awareness of rights much more widely, also resulting in a positive impact on gender relations.
War and climate change have also affected the land and environment, and the demand for fuel exacerbates the pressures on the trees and land. The third major component of this project was, therefore, to improve understanding of climate change factors and to build local resistance, including through goat husbandry, bee-keeping, tree-planting and use of soil enrichment and natural pesticides. One of the immediate impacts of this training combined with better incomes was a 50% reduction in the number of trees cut down to make charcoal to sell for additional income.
The ways in which the community has adapted to climate change is illustrated in this info-graphic produced by our delighted partner organisation, TAO-Uganda. Further information can now be seen in TAO Annual Report 2014.
Less than four years ago Kosiya Kigwezegyezi was an elderly man struggling with subsistence farming on an unproductive piece of land in Uganda to support seven children, three of whose mother had died. Today he has a thriving three-acre smallholding and – most importantly – has just been given a 5,000-litre concrete water tank to secure his extended family’s farming future.
This is the 100th water tank to be funded by an Italian church, La Chiesa Valdese.