Some years ago, Abingdon Vesper was visited by a Ugandan Rotarian who had been sent to the UK to learn about sustainable farming techniques. She introduced us to Elijah Kyamuwendo, the Chief Executive of Kulika, a Kampala based charity specialising in promoting sustainable, organic farming.
In October 2008 a group of four from Abingdon Vesper spent two weeks in East Africa visiting past and current projects supported by the club in Kenya and Uganda, and meeting members of African Rotary clubs to discuss work that we can do in the future.
Paul and Maya made a 12 day visit to Mubende, mainly to restart the Learning 4 Life project, but we also to spend a few days on the microcredit business.
We have been working with farmers in the district since 1997 when we first met a Ugandan Rotarian who worked with charities promoting sustainable, organic farming methods.
The Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper has sixteen villages operating an agricultural-based microcredit scheme in rural Western Uganda in Mubende District. This project has been developed with our charity partner, Kulika Uganda.
Drawing on our experiences from other international projects throughout Africa, our plan is to provide ”healthy and effective homes in sustainable communities“.
AfCiC runs a day care centre for street children and a residential interim care centre where boys from the streets undergo a rehabilitation programme aimed at reintroducing them back to a stable lifestyle.
The weekend before Christmas, a camping trip is organised for the street children of Action for Children in Conflict (AfCiC). This simple experience is these children's Christmas present. It allows the children to experience part of their own country and a completely different environment.