Community

Community Projects

Food Security Project

~Luhwahwa Education Support Project

Orphans and vulnerable children with distributed items.

More people die each year from hunger and malnutrition than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Because the Ugandan population is increasing rapidly, demand for more varied diets is also increasing, which calls for growing more food yet the land is already exhausted and degraded. Ugandans are facing increased costs constantly, but the yields continuously decline, and the people’s survival, livelihoods, and incomes are threatened.

~Luhwahwa Education Support Project

A LUYODEFO beekeeper with his honey.

Our Approach

LUYODEFO is working to develop community-driven sustainable responses that address the three pillars of food security: food availability, food access, and food utilization. The efforts also contribute to the National Development Goals and MDGs, using the following cross-cutting interventions:

  • teach resource-poor families how to manage small animals (poultry, pigs, goats, etc.) that can act as collateral for loan acquisition; support the families with integrating the animals into the farming systems; facilitate marketing of local produce through storage depots and linking producers to buyers; explore linking producers to micro-finance institutions (MFI) such that loans can be made available for those with produce in store waiting for better market prices.
  • promote the beekeeping craft and apitourism to help poor farmers get higher yields from flowering crops (plants), while ensuring food security and responding to the rapid environmental degradation; in addition to pollination and fecundation, bees/beekeeping helps monitor environmental pollution, create employment, reduce poverty, and improve nutrition through the selling and consumption of honey.
  • promote environmental sustainability through agro-forestry micro-enterprise (tree nursery beds); support tree planting; and explore the application of:
  • waste recycling for income and a healthy environment.
  • alternative, renewable technologies such solar, bicycle, and wind energy.

Revolving Microcredit Project

~Luhwahwa Education Support Project

Women leaders who are caretakers for orphans and vulnerable children.

To ensure socio-economic security for vulnerable households, LUYODEFO offers sustainable interventions that go beyond immediate assistance by working with existing women and youth village groups, as well as establishing new ones.

We look forward to offering revolving micro-loans to supplement the savings and lending activities of village groups that are not able to access financial services, and also promote savings clubs among schoolchildren.

Our Approach

This program provides financial literacy (savings mobilization, financial planning, and bookkeeping), financial management services (saving products and savings loans), and business training (enterprise selection, management of petty businesses, and marketing) for the resource-poor people to improve their quality of life, and also provides an opportunity for improved social structure and support within a community.

Village groups provide members with secure savings while simultaneously encouraging beneficiary households to save and access manageable loans at an interest rate determined by the group members. This approach enables women and youth to pursue their personal goals and dreams by establishing their own businesses while also empowering them to take better care of themselves and their families.

Tournament for Change (TFC) Project

~Luhwahwa Education Support Project

Participants in Tournament for Change showing teamwork.

This project harness the power of soccer to unite communities and educate people about issues of peace. Sports are meant to bring communities together in support of the United Nations objectives for a global culture and the achievement of the United Nations MDGs for human development.

~Luhwahwa Education Support Project

A Tournament for Change soccer match.

A sports tournament is not only considered a sports match, but also a ‘knowledge match,’ where young people demonstrate that they can take on an active role in society and are able to overcome difficulties they are facing in their daily life.

Our Approach

The initiative aims at developing the talents of the children, while also providing life skills training to ensure that children in rural, poor communities have the support necessary to realize their full potential and become happy, healthy, and productive members of their society, including becoming positive role models in their communities.

LUYODEFO believes that by bringing together individuals and communities, it bridges cultural and ethnic divides, as well as impacts public policy through the promotion of young people’s rights of participation, play, and socialization at sports events.

How LUYODEFO is Using Sports
  • Providing training and services relevant to the development of physical activity in the community, thereby helping to rehabilitate the children who have gone through psychological traumas due to many reasons, including HIV/AIDS.
  • Providing programming for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) by encouraging participation, which builds self-esteem and enhances the child’s exploitation of his/her talents. Competition, exercise, and teamwork help the young people form common goals and foster skills that can help shape their future — it’s a critical outlet during a crucial stage in life.
  • Creating a forum to effectively conduct campaigns on health, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS; gender equality; domestic and gender-based violence (DV/GBV); children’s rights and child protection; drug abuse; environmental issues; etc.

Our programs are designed to benefit young
people (especially orphans and vulnerable children)
and women (especially chronically ill patients).
We hope that by empowering young people
to build communities, we can create long-lasting
change through generations.