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Education restores health and reduces poverty: 'My child would not have died if Send a Cow Uganda had come earlier'.

RUTH and Vincent live in Mitwizi village as members of the Tukwatirewamu Orphan's group, whose 30 members all care for orphans. They have six children ranging from seven to 17, but there used to be seven.

"My children often fell sick and were ever anemic," says Ruth. "One fell sick so often she eventually died. When we joined Send a Cow Uganda (SACU), and started attending training--especially about feeding and hygiene--I realized that my daughter would not have died if I was applying what the project is teaching us today."

PWRDF recently gave SACU a grant of $21,000 to support an ongoing program in Rakai, which has the highest proportion of children under 18 who have been double orphaned, mostly from HIV and AIDS related causes.

Before joining SACU, Ruth and Vincent used traditional farming methods on their three acres of land. But their nutrition was very poor and the children were malnourished. Their income was very low because they had less produce to sell and their medical expenses were high.

With SACU, they learned to apply sustainable farming methods like mulching, contour digging and intercropping. They grow coffee, matooke, maize, beans and ground nuts for both cash and food, earning 80,000 to 100,000 Ugandan shillings ($28-$35 Cdn) each month. Ruth says their yields will increase even more.

Kasiita Robert, 22, and his brother Matoyu Gerald, 17, are caregivers to three younger siblings in Kibonzi Village.

Kasiita was recently elected a Community Resource Person (CRP) with SACU and received training in sustainable organic agriculture, social development and improved animal management.

Now the family grows vegetables around their compound. They eat at least two meals a day and have money to buy basic home items like paraffin, soap, salt and even sugar. "I never thought that we would have sugar in this home but now we are able to buy it," he says.

PHOTO: SEND A COW UGANDA

Caption: Kasiita Robert and his siblings work in their cabbage garden.

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Title Annotation:AGRICULTURE
Publication:Anglican Journal
Date:Feb 1, 2018
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