Uganda Programs (5)
Kakuuto Community Development Project (KACODEP) is a rural based community initiative that was started in 1999 and registered in 1999 as CBO in Rakai district striving to work with the people of Kakuuto Community in improving their standard of living. The organization was conceived after realizing the need for involving local people as major stakeholders in the improvement of their standards of living. The organization recognizes the development of the people by the people for the people that focuses on all aspects of community life.
Over the years, the organization has engaged in a number of community development projects in all the five sub-counties of Kakuuto county, and these range from environmental protection, HIV/AIDS prevention, poverty reduction through agriculture, among other projects. These projects have been implemented with the support of NGOs like World Vision Uganda, Civil Society Fund (CSF), Humanitarian support Uganda (HSU) Nile Basin Initiative, Rakai local government, among others.
The Ugandan team is led by Mr. Lubega Emmanuel as the Program Manager. Mr. Lubega hails from Kyebe Sub County, Kakuuto County of Rakai district; and is among the few people to get university education from Kyebe Sub County.
After finishing high School with a remarkable performance from Holly Family Secondary School, Lubega was fortunate to receive a scholarship from Christ Presbyterian Church-USA through World Vision Uganda. The scholarship enabled him to attend Daystar University –Nairobi, Kenya where he graduated with a BA in Community Development.
After graduation, he left Kenya and went back to Rakai-Uganda to be an agent of change in his home district through participatory development projects with the people of Rakai district. He was employed in November 2008 with Kakuuto Community Development Program (KACODEP) as a Project coordinator a position I have held to date.
Mr. Mr. Lubega Emmanuel has also served in the Uganda Electoral Commission as the Kakuuto County supervisor. There he supervised and oversaw the recently concluded general election in Kyotera town council. He has also supervised the National Security and Information system and National ID project in Kyotera town council.
We have distribution program of improved seedlings to farmers; in a bid to improve production so to improve food security and household incomes of farmers, the organization has distributed improved seedlings to farmers. The seedlings include, 105,000 Elite coffee seedlings, 20 spray pumps, 90 indigenous goats, vegetable seeds and fruit seedlings among others. This is a remedy to the scarcity of improved seedlings identified by the community members during the watershed needs assessment exercise organized by the organization.
In a bid to improve Soil fertility among farmers, the project has purchased and distributed 90 goats to 90 farmers. These goats are reared using zero grazing system so as to provide droppings to farmers which can be put in the banana and coffee plantations to improve soil fertility. The distributed goats will not only improve soil fertility but also improve household income levels hence reducing the high poverty levels among the communities.
Concerning agriculture and environmental conservation, we have coordinated the implementation of Kagera–Tran boundary Agro-ecosystems Management Project (Kagera TAMP) funded by Global Environmental facility (GEF) through Food and Agricultural Organization (FOA). We have formed over 20 farmer field Schools (FFS), planted over 50,000 trees on hilltops and other degraded lands. We have also trained over 1000 farmers in Sustainable Land management technologies like trench digging (Fanya chini and Fanya ju) stonelines, agroforestry, mulching, compost manure making. Establishment of tree nurseries, the project has established 5 tree nurseries one in each of the 5 sub counties so as to provide tree seedlings to farmers and other community members.
HIV/AIDS is a health and Socio-economic problem in Rakai district. Rakai district has the highest prevalence rate in the Uganda with 12% which is twice the countries prevalence rate. The goal of this program is to reduce of the HIV/AIDS incidence and prevalence rates among the Most AT Risk Populations (MARPs), prevention of mother to Child transmission of HIV, Adolescent Youth in and out of school, aged 10-24 years. Emmanuel has spearheaded the formation of55 Virginity and Abstinence Clubs (VACs) to foster abstinence in 55 primary schools of Rakai district. We have also formed and operationalized 25 Vision Clubs for Out of school Adolescent Youth. We have also worked with People Living HIV through provision of ART, encouraged disclosure, drug adherence and condom promotion especially discordant couples. It’s such efforts that have led to reduction of HIV/AIDS from 30% in 1990s to the current 12% for Rakai district and 6.8% nationally.