QSA Notes: people, places & projects
Under the watchful eye of Josephine Kizza, the trainers at St Jude Organic Farming Centre in Uganda continue to help rural communities to achieve greater food and water security.
For Monica Ssenkindu, a 42-year-old widow with a large family of nine to support, this training has made a huge difference to her situation. In just two seasons Monica has been able to raise enough money to move out of a grass thatched, mud and wattle house to a simple but permanent house. She has started a poultry farm and now has over 500 laying birds, and from a half-acre plot of land, she raised nearly $450 in January and February from excess passion fruit. Before accessing this support, she grew traditional crops of bananas, cassava and sweet potatoes yet despite all her efforts, the yields were not even enough to provide two meals per day for her family or earn enough for the basics such as paraffin and salt.
Would you like to meet some of the amazing people in Uganda such as Josephine and Monica? Then think about joining QSA’s next study tour to Uganda, leaving in late April 2012 (just a few days after the FWCC World Conference in nearby Kenya).
If you would like to be kept informed of the plans for the study tour as they unfold, please let Jackie Perkins know (email@example.com or 119 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010).