Ntwetwe is located in Central Uganda, in a district where most people are subsistence farmers and grow crops which include maize, potatoes, cassava and pineapples. Some of their produce is sold but most farmers use the crops to help feed their families. Through Child Sponsorship, we are working with the local communities to help them to improve their livelihoods through training in farming methods, small business loans and skills and literacy classes. Gaining a greater access to healthcare, education and clean water are some of the main goals for this programme. Child Sponsorship will also enable healthcare professionals to provide information and advice to communities about greater hygiene and sanitation, and also encourage the vaccination of children against preventable diseases. There is a high risk of HIV and AIDS and we are working with communities advising them on how to prevent contracting the virus and providing help and support to those who are suffering. Thanks to Sponsorship, school management committees will be formed and teachers will be trained on improving their teaching skills. The communities will be fully involved in all the programme’s activities, so that they will develop the knowledge and confidence they need to take the work forward when our project phases out in 2022.
Uganda is a beautiful and fertile country in East Africa. It suffered greatly under the dictator Idi Amin, and the civil war that followed his overthrow, but since 1986 it has known relative stability, with rebel groups only remaining active in the North. Most of the population live in rural areas growing their own staple foods of matoke (savoury green bananas), maize and cassava. The country has a very high rate of HIV/AIDS but has managed to reduce infection rates.
* population: 25 million
* life expectancy: 45.7 (UK 78.1)
* 141 per 1,000 children die before their fifth birthday.
* 48% of the population do not have access to safe clean water
* 31.1% of the adult population cannot read or write
* 4.1% of the adult population are infected with HIV/AIDS
As part of our support to Ntwetwe we also sponsor a child through World Vision, this ensures that we have a link with the area and that the money given through sponsorship goes directly to Ntwetwe.