“While we might feel small, separate, and all alone, our people have never been more tightly tethered. The question’s not if we will weather this unknown, but how we will weather the unknown together.” -Amanda Gorman
Our Field Director Azaria Grace and our Executive Director Ivan Woods Kasujja recently spoke about the importance of women’s empowerment and how we can participate in this vital work in Uganda. What a gift to have ways we can support others! Listen in on the inspiring conversation here.
We stand for protecting the environment! So They Can Thrive will soon work with local farmers in Uganda to plant trees on their land. These trees will provide farmers with sustainable food and income by growing fruits, nuts, and medicines. In an area that has experienced extensive clear cutting for charcoal production, planting trees will improve agricultural yields, reduce soil erosion, and improve the health of the soil. This will also protect biodiversity by improving habitat and providing a jumping-off point for several other sustainable agroforestry projects in the area, thereby improving the livelihoods of hundreds of Ugandan farmer and their families. Thank you for being a part of this vital work!
More than half of Ugandans live in poverty without reliable access to food. Despite good soil and favorable weather, there are many barriers preventing poor farmers from making the most of the country’s growing economy. Farmers depend on access to good quality seed of well-adapted, productive crops to allow them to produce the best possible crops. So They Can Thrive works with farmer groups to promote the multiplication and diffusion of quick maturing, drought tolerant, and disease-free seeds, as well as vegetatively-propagated planting materials. This improves farm yields and ensures stable food security.
Access is still the greatest challenge to health care delivery in Africa. Fewer than 50% of Ugandans have access to modern health facilities. Thanks to your support, we are setting up community clinics and providing much needed medicines to the poorest of poorest of communities.
Education has an incredible impact on poverty all over the world. When ways to grow and develop become available, poverty decreases. For education in Uganda, the story is no different. By providing access to education, we enable many Ugandans to push themselves into brighter futures.
A typical family size in Uganda is six to eight members. Reports indicated families were sharing a single meal per day. We have since been providing two nourishing meals per day for all children, even when they are out of school due to the Covid pandemic. We are able to provide meals largely in part to our sustainable 24-acre farm. Thank you for being a part of this team and supporting our work to create and sustain this program!