These projects are in the bush regions of Uganda and cover the ethos of Aim for Change - Education, Health care and Self sufficiency.
In some regions, one such area is Olep in the district of Soriti, whole communities are benefiting; this includes, fresh water boreholes, purchase of extra land for cultivation including fruit trees, animal farming, sewing machines and training in the art of pattern making.
Many new projects were begun in 2009: bicycles for those who work the sewing machines in Olep; plus pigs, goats, chicken, 100 chicks, charcoal, food retail shop and trees. Bicycles have been supplied to many project areas.
Other projects include; funding for a school in Masindi and a clinic. Also a large pig project has now received funding for general breeding, which will enable the charity to purchase pigs and supply them to other areas.
Individual animals are given to families, for example, if a pig is given it might breed in the region of 8 piglets. As the animals grow, we advise the family give two away to families in other areas who have no animals. Two or three piglets can be sold and so the process of education can begin from the proceeds, for at least one child and the remainder of piglets (hopefully females!) they keep for further breeding. This spin-off process, as with the community projects, has a great impact on many, many lives. All animals purchased are interbred to provide self sufficiency.
2010 saw the commencement of many small businesses and animal projects, including: general store shops, clinic, charcoal, large chicken project, pigs, churches, sewing shop and training centre.
Below you can see our newly constructed Shop, Clinic and the pig breeding unit. These photos were added in 2012:
In 2009, chicken were given to families in a very rural village called Agururu. 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 was begun, with the charity purchasing 5 sewing machines, and a group of men and women have trained to make clothes which are sold at local markets.
A new project was started in 2011 in the very poor, rural area of Musaba. The community consists of isolated mud houses in the bush, with a small mud church and a derelict school educating around 250 children. Many families received pigs or chicken to help them to begin to generate an income and in just 12 months, some families were able to begin to pay school fees for their children.
This project has been extended to more families in 2012 and the charity will begin to reconstruct the school, early in 2013. Access to clean water is a problem here and underground water is not sufficient to supply a borehole. The charity is looking at the possibility of collecting rainwater and also piping a low-level well.
In many villages where Aim for Change is working, the people are gradually constructing churches, with bricks made using the run-off of water from their boreholes. Below are two of many churches built by the people, with support from Aim for Change.