To shape civil society in Uganda by sharing skills, technology and resources while respecting the self-determined grass root needs, culture and environment of the local population.
To promote the strength and impact of civil society through building the capacity of local grass root organizations to improve their quality of life.
- To work hand in hand with local grass root communities to encourage and empower self-employed citizens through local resources management.
- To help and facilitate local grass root organizations to plan, develop and initiate self-sustainable projects as a source of locally generated income.
- To promote simple and affordable technological skills that may lower the poverty margins at local grass root levels.
- To empower participating grass root communities with training in business skills so that they are able to run their projects sustainably.To provide startup resources to initiate a self-sustaining project in respective grass root communities regardless to gender, socio-economic, and political status.
- Assess sustainable grass root project plans and provide training, as needed to build capacity to successfully implement the project. Training will be in agronomy, environment conservation, livestock, reforestation, water/sanitation/hygiene, business skills, technology, project management, revenue generation and organizational development and other areas, as needed.
- Provide technology support, where needed to facilitate grass root innovations in their social grass root projects.
- Provide resources to help start up projects, if needed and resources are available.
The Executive Director of Umoja East Africa Fund-Uganda is Alex Zizinga, who earned a Master’s Degree in Environment and Natural Resources from Makerere University in Kampala. He has almost ten years’ experience in sustainable agriculture and the linkages between nutrition and maternal/child health, as well as sustainable development projects like egg hatcheries, pig and goat breeding and beekeeping.
Umoja East Africa Fund -Uganda is currently providing extensive training and technical assistance to the people of Kiiha, a rural community in the Hoima District of Uganda.
Project overall objective: To increase Kiiha grass root community awareness and knowledge on resilience building to climate change effects
- To promote awareness on low cost and effective on- farm adaptation practices.
- To offer on-farm basic climate change adaptation practices trainings to the local farmers in Kiha grassroots.
- To facilitate local grass root groups to integrate climate change adaptation and responsibility into their farm operations
- Establish two model farms/gardens
- Involve selected groups in participatory action research
- Organise three on-farm training in good and climate resilient agronomic practices
- Organise 3 awareness meetings on climate change adaption and resilience building
- Support selected farmers’ group with basic agro-inputs to enable replication
- Disseminate participatory research findings
- Adoption of low farm adaptation cost effective technologies by the grass root communities
- Community developed seasonal adaptation plans
- Selected farm technologies for improving maize yield
- Increased knowledge , awareness on climate change adaptation in agriculture
- Improved farmer skills due to built capacity
- Replications of practices at household level
- Increased average yields among practicing members
Project Success indicators
- Model gardens established
- Farmers groups formed and active
- Targeted trainings held
- Quantity of harvest
- Best practices documented and shared out of the participatory research