Mafudu Land Committee
Our partner in Mafudu is the Mafudu Land Committee. In 2009, OHFI purchased a ¾ acre plot of land in Mafudu to build a classroom and provide agricultural training. The land is close to a road, and has good access to water. Unfortunately, we could not start the project for some time due to several local challenges. However, thanks to the local community’s perseverance and commitment, the project began in 2022.
Twelve of the most impoverished families, with more than forty children between them, have been selected as the first group to benefit. For the next two seasons, these families will be taught more resilient farming practices, including an understanding of crop rotations. Participants will also be provided with seeds and tools that are robust and of good quality. After the two seasons, they will use their new knowledge and resources to continue developing the small plots of land they already have. Then the project will begin again with another twelve families.
With many challenges around health, education, and the quality of land and tools in Mafudu, it is critical to provide local people with new skills for the longer term, so they can in turn empower their children with the knowledge they need to bring positive change.
OHFI wants to support the community in building a classroom and storeroom. These will be used to teach agriculture courses and to store seeds and tools. The classroom will also be used to teach the training modules in the care and protection of vulnerable children.
Seeds and Tools
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Your donation to OHFI’s work in Uganda is deeply appreciated. Our work spans: Mafudu Classroom Build, in which your donation can help OHFI to build a classroom and storeroom for seeds, tools, and training; and Mafudu Seeds and Tools, in which your donation can help families become self-sustaining through our agricultural training programme.
‘I was very happy to receive the piglet, and cared for it as if it was a human child. The pig grew up and gave birth to ten piglets. I passed three on to other members of the group, according to the agreement, as this is a revolving project.’
Vestine sold the remaining seven plus the mother, and used the money to buy a cow. This meant she began to have enough fertilizer for her garden, and could produce beans, carrots, egg plants, onions and other green vegetables.
Her health and the health of her children began to improve. The cow had a bull calf, which Vestine sold. Using the money, she bought iron sheets and renovated her house:
‘Today, I am a different person from who I was before. Though I live with HIV, nobody can read it from my face. I am not helpless nor hopeless; I am self-reliant. I have a house, a cow, and a garden. I feed my children, and send them to school.’
Vestine pays her family’s health insurance, and she is hopeful she will live longer and see her children grow up:
‘I am very thankful to PHARP and the friends of OHFI for being a channel of God’s blessing for my children and me.’
‘As I have been helped, I pledge that I will make sure that I have helped somebody else from this sewing machine.’ — Helene