Within the main objective, namely improvement of living conditions of children in Bukomansimbi, and the partnership Kibinge on the following three priorities:

1. supporting agricultural and economic development (school gardens and promoting agri-business micro projects)

2. health promotion of children (food improvement and sports promotion)

3. knowledge exchange/education (internships, online Exchange and Exchange by schools in Kibinge and Bukomansimbi)

Ad. 1.: Support agricultural and economic development

Poverty is the main factor that hinders development of the rural area. Through small-scale agricultural projects would contribute to the improvement of the nutritional situation. The agricultural projects will initially be set up together with schools. The aim is that at a later stage also villagers benefit from these activities. Improving the nutritional situation can take place by increasing food security (not all children come up with a stuffed belly at school) and by more variation in diet, that is, very one-sided. At a later stage a successful agricultural program can lead to more economic development. The first phase (2011-2012) of the cooperation focuses on setting up of small-scale agricultural projects. In the second phase (2013-2014) will be viewed or there is potential for micro-projects in the agri-business.

At nine elementary schools a start was made on the construction of school gardens. Let the communities thereby see that they want to work on the plan for improvements. The next step is the systematic setting up, preparation of management plans, the involvement of farmers in this example projects for cultivation of new vegetables, the inclusion of school gardens in the curricula, providing nutrition to the poorest children who often without food at school. Then the next step is to stimulate Association formation for several agricultural projects and agri-business micro projects.

Ad. 2.: health promotion of children

It is lacking in Bukomansimbi to a health institution and Kibinge. Poverty can be used by lack of healthcare in the distant Masaka district.

Health starts with good nutrition and knowledge about the importance of good nutrition. Following the development of school gardens and projects for small production animals, it is important that awareness programmes in schools come in the field of health and nutrition. In addition, sport is an important element for the health of children. Children in Uganda generally have little time and possibilities to do sport. Sport in schools is hardly part of the curriculum. Because also sports a nice means to get in touch with each other is sports development a priority for the partnership. Therefore has set up sports activities within the schools and organizing of mutual matches/tournaments in Kibinge and Bukomansimbi priority.

Een lunch op Kids Gear Primary school (Up4S).
A lunch on Kids Gear Primary school (Up4S).

Ad. 3.: Exchange of knowledge/education

Education in Kibinge is of very poor quality. With great commitment one tries with the modest means and paltry buildings the best of it. Sixty children in a classroom is no exception. It lacks everything, such as school desks, books and notebooks. The Kids Gear primary school in Bukomansimbi, set up by UP4S, has spent the last few years developed into a model school in the region. The high quality of the education of the Kids Gear elementary school has led to very good school results.

By, amongst others, workshops Community Action Plan, together with the local communities worked on capacity-building and making improvement proposals. This capacity-building can be supported in different ways. Exchange of knowledge by schools in Bukomansimbi and Kibinge is a next step. The experience and knowledge gained in (pilot) projects are shared with each other.

The small-scale agricultural projects (vegetable garden, chicken and goat project) which started in september/October 2011 in Bukomansimbi serve as example for Kibinge. In Kibinge are nine schools already launched the construction of a school garden and set up projects for keeping rabbits and bees.

Interns from Netherlands can support these processes. By interns in to put in the agricultural projects and link them to local buddies (students from East Africa), are exchanged knowledge and skills between students from Netherlands and East Africa.

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