Uganda is a land-locked country in East Africa, sharing borders with South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Within Uganda we work in seven key regions: Kampala, Masindi, Gulu, Orom, Kitgum, Kaliro and Lira.
We work in focussed rural communities to increase crop yields, food, income, water and health.
We do this through providing training in vocational skills, conservation farming, business skills, life skills, education and clean water.
This integrated approach means that after a few years villages begin to flourish and we can move on to support more communities with a hand-up.
We work in rural areas in northern Ugandan, and at our main hub (Kira Farm Development Centre), to provide training in conservation farming.
‘Thanks to this training we have doubled our harvest. In the past we used to run out of food, but now we have enough for two meals a day.’ Doreen, Gulu.
At the residential Kira Farm Development Centre we equip young adults with vocational skills in carpentry, construction, tailoring, hairdressing and bike mechanics; in rural communities we provide training in beekeeping and micro-enterprises. All beneficiaries receive training in business skills. We also provide access to tools and bicycles to support these income generating activities.
While seeking refuge in a government camp during the war 11-year-old Scovia was raped. ‘At Kira Farm my life was restored through the mentoring and training I received. Today I have a hairdressing and tailoring business and I support vulnerable girls in a Sudanese refugee camp.’
We deliver training in conflict resolution, restorative justice and practical technologies such as energy saving stoves and tippy taps for handwashing.
‘I learnt conflict resolution and construction skills when I was at Kira Farm. Since I graduated I’ve been able to help solve many of the conflicts that occur on the construction site every day.’Patrick, Orom.
We install boreholes to provide clean water in the focussed rural farming communities we support. All beneficiaries we work alongside receive training in health and hygiene.
‘The nearest borehole used to be 2km away and I would struggle to carry 20 litres of water on my head in the burning sun with my child on my back. I often fainted. My husband would shout at me whenever we ran short of water at home and I wanted a divorce. Since Amigos built a borehole there is peace in my home.’ Harriet, Masindi.
To ensure children attend school we work with whole families, providing guardians with the farming and business skills needed to support the children in their care, as well as distributing uniforms and academic materials to ensure the poorest children gain an education.
‘Conservation farming has doubled our harvest – now we have enough to eat and the money I’ve made from the surplus crops is helping to pay my children’s school fees!’ Robert, Gulu.