The year 2020 started in a challenging tone; this is due to COVID-19 pandemic that has left Ugandans and the whole world suffering with the virus and its associated effects. As response to this tragedy, members of Uganda Circle in Germany sent support to the vulnerable of Lwamaggwa, Ssese Islands and a great number of farmers. These people received food and other needs to support them through this ongoing lock down period caused by COVID-19.
Caritas MADDO, through its Departments of Health and Welfare made merry this year’s World Day of the Sick organised in Nkoni Parish – Lwengo District. Over one thousand patients were attended to and given free therapeutic health services. There was donating blood, voluntary testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS for at least all the patients, besides the elderly and the most vulnerable persons received basic essential items like; sugar, soap, clothing & food among others.
Caritas MADDO‘s ERI Project funded by HORIZONT3000, organized a Farmer field Day
in Kyotera District where over 230 participants were exposed to all the activities trained and promoted by the Caritas MADDO and these include establishing kitchen gardens, soil and water conservation structures, waste pits, well managed coffee and banana plantations, tree planting, tree nursery management, animal management, sweet potato silage making and feeding, raising banana tissues in nursery, dish racks, wood saving stoves, water harvesting technologies among others
Theme “The youth, be a pillar of the church and nation through working in associations”
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Strengthening the capacity and retooling Field Extension staff of MADDO in “Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer and Gender in the Dairy Value Chain.”
- Dairy Value Chain
- Entrepreneurship and farm economics
- Training of Trainers
- Dairy farm management
- Herd improvement, health and fertility
- Participants will know and understand the dairy value chain in MADDO’s milk catchment area.
- Participants will be able to develop and operate an appropriate farm management system, including feed planning, pasture management and ratio formulation
- Participants will be to develop appropriate milk control systems form hygienic milk production and handling, collection, testing and processing. Critical control points will be identified.
- Participants will be equipped with training skills that will be used transfer knowledge to colleagues, community based trainers and dairy farmers
- Participants will be to offer technical guidance pertaining group formation and strengthening.
As a means to increase the needy household’s incomes and improved nutrition, Caritas MADDO through its Cow Project gave out 128 pregnant cows and another 102 Pass on Gift heifers reared on zero grazing as an income generating activity.
Special thanks go to Micro financing Partners in Africa (MPA)-USA who are financially supporting the rural farmer beneficiaries in Masaka Diocese with a Living Loan
Once again Caritas MADDO together with donor partners Micro financing Partners In Africa-USA gave out 79 original and pregnant cows to prepared farmers in the districts of Sembabule and others. for the past six years MPA has been supporting the Cow Project to increase household income and food security to the rural poor families in Masaka Diocese through dairy farming. MPA launched the construction and use of biogas in Rakai district in order to protect and conserve the environment besides saving the women from using smoky kitchen while preparing their meals.
On the 31st December 2015, Bishop of Masaka JB Kaggwa and Mrs. Ddungu Elizabeth(Terre Des Hommes country Director) launched an Theatre Unit at St Andrew’s Community Health Centre in Biikira Parish – Rakai district. This theatre is to provide services to over 50,000 people in the South-Western part of Uganda especially pregnant mothers with complications during birth.