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A Hard Life for Women in Rural Mukono

A Hard Life for Women in Rural Mukono

By Shadrak Kyobe, Director, Empower and Care Organization (EACO).

Women bear almost all the responsibility in MukonoEmpower and Care Organization (EACO) Uganda has been implementing community- based projects in the Mukono and Maracha districts in the sub counties of  Kyampisi, Nama, Ggoma, Nakisunga, and Mukono central division – an area which is a primitive, remote rural village with a high growing population, which population can hardly read.

The education facilities, transport, food security, water & sanitation, household income, and all those in the category are  still properly lacking and in an area which has an increasing rate of poverty, HIV/AIDS and Violence/ displacement .

Because of this primitiveness, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and violence, several people are still involved in child sacrifice, black magic, domestic violence, rapes, fighting development,and the like.

In this area, women bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility.

Poor, illiterate, and HIV/AIDS infectedThe vast majority of the poor in Mukono are women.

Two-thirds of the illiterates are female.

Of the millions of school age children not in school, the majority are girls.

And today, HIV/AIDS is rapidly becoming a woman’s disease. In Uganda, more than three-quarters of all young people living with HIV are women and part of them are in Mukono and Maracha west Nile.

Denying themselves foodThe current food price crisis is having a severe impact on women.

Around Mukono, people eat two or three times a day, but a significant percentage of women eat only once.

And, now, many women are denying themselves even that one meal to ensure that their children are fed.

These women are already suffering the effects of even more severe malnutrition, which inevitably will be their children’s fate as well. The impact of this crisis will be with us for many years.

And studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. Their families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. In short, communities become more resilient.

Untold suffering from fetching waterBecause of the backwardness bin these sub-counties like Kyampisi, men hardly participate in water fetching activities, so it’s the women and children who are always suffering to get water for the family.

Considering their vulnerability, a lot of untold suffering has come in along the way.

Imagine schools in a distance of 8-9km, but children have to wake up early enough to go fetch water before they leave for school.

At the same time, they have to line-up before they start pumping water from the borehole, so waiting time is always not less than two hours, then they walk back home with 20-litre water jerry cans, then prepare for school.

No wonder they always get to school so late.

This has affected their academic performance, and there is increasing school drop outs in Kyampisi despite the sound presence of Universal Primary Education (UPE).

Also, when the children get back from school in the evenings, again they have to go and fetch water; this has put them at risk because its always in the night and they have to wait for long before they start pumping the water from the borehole.

Children in great danger at nightKyampisi in Mukono district is topping the reported cases of child kidnapping and human blood sacrifice.

in most cases, children are kidnapped as they walk back home in the night.

This has caused some parents not to send their children to fetch water –  but that also means that the family will not have water to use at night.

Child and human blood sacrificeChild sacrifice is the ritualistic killing of children in order to please, propitiate, or force supernatural beings in order to achieve a desired result. As such, it is a form of human

sacrifice.

This comes when people think that when they sacrifice, they become rich – and it’s just because of poverty and ignorance in the community – and as I am giving this report, it is more common in Mukono.

An investigation by the police into human sacrifice in Uganda found that ritual killings of children are more common than Ugandan authorities once thought.

Human sacrifice is the act of killing one or more human beings as part of a religious ritual (ritual killing). Its typology closely parallels the various practices of ritual slaughter of animals (animal sacrifice) and of religious sacrifice in general.

Human sacrifice has been practised in various cultures throughout history.

Victims were typically ritually killed in a manner that was supposed to please or appease gods, spirits or the deceased, for example as a propitiatory offering, or as a retainer sacrifice when the king’s servants are killed in order for them to continue to serve their master in the next life.

The practice of human sacrifice is on the rise in Uganda more so in our area, as measured by ritual killings where body parts, often facial features or genitals, are cut off for use in ceremonies.

However, the rise in human sacrifices in Uganda appears to come from a desire for wealth and a belief that drugs made from human organs can bring riches, according to task force head .

Psychological disorientationTo me I call it a problem of psychological disorientation,

People get disoriented.

People stop having respect in humanity and believe more in the worth of money and so-called good fortune, and they lose that natural social respect for people.

And in some communities you can find that children no longer walk to school without one of their parents.

But they can’t do that forever. “You can’t keep holding onto a child very tightly. Children move freely.”

So people get scared that there are such vices in the country, when people want to get riches.

Being at the borehole brings battering back homeDomestic violence is also closely related to the water problems:  when women go to the borehole in the evenings – on return, their husbands are not always happy, thinking that they spent all that time at the borehole sleeping with other men.

Women have always been beaten, battered by their men – and some have been in killed in these fights.

In the 21st century, life should be more than this.

Push for advocacyWe need to put up safe water sources which are near.

May be it will be another way of reducing child sacrifice, Human blood sacrifice and violence in homes.

We need to point advocates to several cases where impoverished parents or relatives have tried to sell children to healers for money.

And  advocate for common interests of the services provided and issues (domestic violence, sexual abuse, child rights and others) of the infected and affected so as to influence policymaking.

Finally, [advocate for] economic empowerment of the target groups through the introduction of Income-Generating Projects and adult literacy programmes for development.

Contact/DonateShadrak Kyobe , Director

Empower And Care Organization

Mukono District Kayunga Road

Ggulu A Kitete Village Tel: +256 774 310 393

Email:

empuganda@yahoo.com

kyobeshadrak@yahoo.co.uk

EACO has opportunities for Virtual Volunteers

EMPOWER AND CARE ORGANISATION (EACO) UGANDA

Empowerand Care Organization (EACO) Ugandais a Community Based Organization (CBO) operating in Mukono county and Marachadistrict, Uganda.  EACO’s mission is to reduce poverty andHIV/AIDS through the creation of economic empowerment, educationalopportunities, and support for disadvantaged groups of people. EACO’sactivities are targeted toward vulnerable women, particularly widows and thoseliving with HIV/AIDS, as well as vulnerable children, youth, and the elderly.   EACO believes that effective and sustainabledevelopment comes through empowerment programmes, where vulnerable members ofthe community are given the skills, motivation and support to improve theirlives and communities.  EACO is alwaysstriving to improve its services and welcomes international volunteers.

EACO Volunteers

They are people just like you! EACO volunteers, like our clients, come from allwalks of life. Our volunteers vary in age, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexualorientation, and professional backgrounds. Some volunteers do the work because they want to do something outside of work. Some have experienced the loss of aloved one and the experience changed their lives. Some just like to help people. Our volunteers are students, lawyers, accountants, electricians,marketers, sales people, human resource people, homemakers, teachers, and retired people. Many volunteers state that their life is rich and fulfilled and they want to “give back” to their community.

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering in EACO is very rewarding. You get to meet many different types ofpeople and form solid relationships based on mutual respect, understanding, andcaring. As a EACO volunteer you will:

• Make a difference in people’s lives

• Develop a wide network

• Develop a range of skills and experience that can be used in everyday life

• Receive ongoing education and development

• Do your part in bringing about social change

Each week, your gift of time will help nourish and sustain the quality of lifefor someone living with a terminal illness.

EACOhas vast opportunities including: – HIV care and counseling. – Deliveringsupport, materials and writing reports on EACO project progress. -Teaching atschools and co-ordinating peer education projects. -Assisting withadministration. -Delivering training to staff and volunteers on relevantissues. -Assisting with building projects. -Writing grant proposals.   EACO particularly welcomes skilledprofessionals that can help the organization to improve and develop, but EACOwelcomes the enthusiasm and commitment of all willing volunteers. EACO iscommitted to ensuring all voluntary experiences are as mutually beneficial aspossible, and can find accommodation with local families or in guest houses.Regardless of the duration of your time, EACO will welcome you as one of thefamily, and give you the chance to make life-long friends in the community,REALLY make a difference, and work with a truly inspirational community based organization.

 

ADDRESS DETAILS

Contact Shadrak Kyobe or Batuuka prossy

Position Director

Address P.O Box 2784,

Kampala

Mukono/Maracha

Uganda

Phone +256 (0) 774310393

Fax

Email empuganda@yahoo.com

WebSite

Charity No MG/2006/10/294

 

RESTRICTIONS

Likely Cost: Up to £500

Start Months: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Placement.Duration: Weeks Min:1 Max:52

Hours a Week Min:18 Max:50

Age Limit (years): Min:18 Max:No max.

REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications:

All volunteers arewelcome, but EACO is particularly interested in developing projects throughworking with skilled professionals.

Health Requirements:

Volunteers must takeanti-malaria pills.

Cost to Volunteer:

EACO strives to makevolunteering as cost effective as possible, but he/she must cover the followingexpenses: travel, insurance, food, accommodation and medical assistance.

Equipment/Clothing:

Suitable clothes forhot/rainy climate.  EACO is a wellrespected organization, both in the community and internationally.  We ask that volunteers are clean andpresentable when undertaking their work in the community.

Insurance:

Volunteer’sresponsibility.

NationalitiesAccepted:

No restrictions.

When to Apply:

Minimum of two weeksin advance.

 

CRITERIA

Total Projects Worldwide Including UK         6

Total UK projects                            0

Total Numberof Volunteers Placed Each Year   9

16 to 25 Year Old Volunteers Placed Each year 5

Work Alone/ With Others:

With others.

Benefits:

No financial support is given, but EACO does not profit from volunteers and aims to make the trip as cost effective as possible in all aspects of the role.

Additional Location Information:

EACO’s main office islocated in Ggulu, Kitete, Mukono town, Mukono district, Central Uganda.  EACO’s projects arepredominately rural, and the office is in a small village, 1 km from a largerUrban area, Mukono town.  Mukono is 30minutes by bus from Kampalatown.

 

SELECTION and SUPPORT

Interview:

No interviews.

Training:

Short-term volunteerstrain through working closely with local volunteers.  Longer-term volunteers can benefit from thetraining that local volunteers receive, on counseling, HIV and other relevanttopics.

Supervision:

Volunteer aresupervised by the organization director. When visiting rural areas and schools the volunteer work in partnershipwith other local volunteers.

Accommodation:

Mukono, EACO canarrange for volunteers to stay with a local family or in a guest house. InMaracha the volunteer must stay with the project co-ordinator in the area.  Both host families are in rural areas, wherethere is no electricity and basic toilet

Debriefingand Certificates:

Participants canrequest a written reference.

DisabledPolicy:

We can acceptvolunteers with a disability depending on the disability.

ChildProtection Policy:

This organization hasa Child Protection Policy

CRB Checks:

This organizationdoes not do CRB checks for its staff or volunteers

LiabilityInsurance:

Volunteers are notcovered by liability insurance

 

CAUSES and ACTIVITIES

People and Causes:

AIDS/HIV                Children                 ElderlyPeople           Human Rights             Poor/Homeless            Teaching – Assisting     Teaching – Primary       Teaching – Secondary     Unemployed               Women’s Issues           Young People

   Activities:

Administration          Building/Construction    Caring -General         Community Work           Development Issues       Fundraising              Social Work              Teaching                 Theatre/Drama            Training                 Visiting/Befriending

Mukono widows get window of hope

EACO trains clients in income generating activities like poultry farming, mushroom, vegetable, and banana growing. The women are also taught entrepreneurial skills like making art and crafts and shop keeping. So far 70 widows and elderly women have benefitted from EACO projects.

Pease for more information about this you can find it on this link bellow

http://www.independent.co.ug/index.php/f​eatures/features/42-features/2952-mukono​-widows-get-window-of-hope-

Reliable Water Access Improves Women’s Empowerment

This project basically aims at providing accessible clean and safe water for everyone in the community of Kyampisi Namanganga village for a better and healthy life.

Water supply, sanitation ,and health are closely related. Poor hygiene, inadequate quantities and quality of drinking water, and lack of sanitation facilities cause millions of the world’s poorest people to die from preventable diseases each year. Women and children are the main victims. More is on this link.

http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/eaco/eaco-updates/1756-uganda-reliable-water-source.html

Grateful Acknowledgments

Thank you Just A Drop and Travel 2 for this water source.

We have been spending hours walking to locations miles away in order to fetch water for household needs – more so when we experience massive droughts, but now we have water.

The community is very happy for this borehole.

Working to Abolish Child Sacrifice in Uganda

Child Sacrifice has turned into a business

There is growing concern among the Ugandan public and child protection practitioners about the persistent reports of child sacrifice and trafficking which are manifested through kidnaps, abduction, murder and disappearance of children.

The heinous practice of child sacrifice has been linked to a range of other forms of child abuses including trafficking, kidnap and abduction.

It is believed that the practice of child sacrifice has slowly turned into a clandestine business involving traditional healers and business men. Both parties are after obtaining quick wealth.

More is onto this link. http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/eaco/studies.html