From the ruins, life in Uganda is returning to normal

When the conflict in Uganda came to an end, families returned to their native villages.

To help them rebuild their lives, in 2009, Aim for Change established a cultivation programme. This enabled many refugee families to receive seeds to cultivate an acre of land.

This project has been extremely successful and now extends across six districts in northern Uganda, with ploughs and oxen being donated to many families.  In 2014, this was extended to include areas in the North West of the country.

Because of this project, some of the children of these communities have been able to move into senior education, and their families have been able to contribute towards the costs for school equipment.

A number of other communities have benefited from the cultivation projects. 

In Olep, in the district of Soroti, fresh water boreholes have been sunk and extra land for cultivation has been purchased on behalf of the people. Aim for Change has also provided fruit trees, animals, sewing machines and training in pattern making.

In the rural village of Agururu, chicken were given to families and through the sale of eggs and chicks, the people were able to buy other animals including goats, turkeys and sheep. In 2010, the project was extended, giving chicken to more families.

In 2011, a sewing project began when Aim for Change purchased five sewing machines and trained a group of men and women to make clothes which are sold at local markets. A further three machines and stools were purchased in 2012, and more in 2014. 

Since then, 22 men and women have qualified in tailoring and some are now running their own businesses. The community has built an extension to the church and the charity has provided funding for the roof.