The Hunger Project-Uganda has had many successes in 2014, including the launch of the Namayumba Epicenter Health Center, the establishment of 32 new Farmer Field Schools— schools without walls that focuses on improving agricultural techniques– and the completion of a comprehensive outcome evaluation assessment for the Kiboga Epicenter. Additionally, The Hunger Project-Uganda headed leadership and community engagement initiatives throughout the country, empowering local leaders to become more active and engaged in community efforts.
Health and Nutrition
The Hunger Project-Uganda launched the Namayumba Epicenter Health Center in March in partnership with the Wakiso District. With the participation of 77 medical staff from the local health office, approximately 1,000 community members received medical services through the Namayumba Epicenter.
In addition, The Hunger Project-Uganda successfully developed a partnership with United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the Wakiso Epicenter. The alliance will allow for technical support concerning Wakiso’s health unit monitoring and management, with specific emphasis on HIV management and of youth friendly services.
The Hunger Project-Uganda strengthened its partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) after the finalization of a new agreement for the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) project. The agreement will expand the project with the establishment of 32 more Farmer Field Schools, in addition to the 20 schools that were set up at the end of 2013. The agreement also includes increasing the number of trainings while providing a more in-depth, hands-on format for trainees.
Community Mobilization and Leadership
In partnership with the Libre Foundation from the Netherlands, The Hunger Project-Uganda furthered its commitment to improving community leadership by coordinating a three-week training for epicenter leaders. The training was aimed at empowering the epicenter leaders with the knowledge and skills that will help them achieve personal growth in leadership.
In June 2014, The Hunger Project-Uganda participated in a week-long national event entitled “The Cottage and Food Industry Trade Fair,” a forum which trained civil society organizations, partners, local entrepreneurs, and the community in production and marketing skills. The objective of the trade fair was to advertise the services offered by organizations in the country, especially in the central region of Uganda. The Hunger Project-Uganda was represented at the trade fair by members of the Kyosiga Namayumba mixed farmers Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) group who presented the different innovative programs.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The Hunger Project-Uganda’s Monitoring and Evaluation department achieved great success with the completion of the outcome evaluation for the Kiboga Epicenter. The evaluation involved the use of household surveys, key informant interviews and focus group discussions which took place in all five sub counties and 21 villages of Kiboga. The team completed the outcome evaluation in three weeks and attained the preset target of 400 questionnaires.
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