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.
A sustainable energy solution for cooking is a necessity for 3 billion people in the world. For people to accept a change to their daily habits it is important that the solution is practical, affordable and maintainable. We came across the existence of traditional African stoves which use up to 70% less firewood and greatly reduce the amount of smoke from cooking.
A report by the Mubende Projects Coordinator on the work we have done, and continue to do, in Mubende.
Members of the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper have just returned from Uganda where they organise an agricultural microcredit scheme for groups of subsistence farmers.
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.
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.
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.
With grant support from the Rotary Foundation and working in partnership with local Rotary clubs, particularly the Rotary Club of Mubende, we have been able to successfully complete several projects over the last ten years.
Drawing on our experiences from other international projects throughout Africa, our plan is to provide ”healthy and effective homes in sustainable communities“.
Abingdon Vesper first became involved with Mubende hospital when we funded medical training for one of the doctors.