Ssamba Foundation through our Project Agriculture teaches farmers in rural Uganda about improving sustainable agriculture methods. Ssamba agriculture program strives to improve the livelihoods of rural communities in Uganda through improved agriculture practices and technologies that are environmentally sustainable (such as pest management, soil and water conservation methods) and raise rural incomes through improved access to productive assets such as land and capital and reducing vulnerability for rural small-scale farmers through capacity building and a comprehensive value chain approach.
Livestock Farm: Ssamba Agriculture Program
In October 2015, Ssamba Foundation team began raising funds to establish a livestock farm project that would provide milk, food, eggs for the orphans and vulnerable children supported and an income for the organization. This farm is an income generating venture that brings a sustainable income to the organization and in turn fully support the orphans and vulnerable children.
This farming project includes a chicken/egg production building that will house 1000 chickens, a pigsty, a goat’s house, a heifer kraal and a caretaker’s room and a store. At the Ssamba Foundation there is already a garden for a variety of vegetables to be harvested on a regular basis.
The surplus produce that will not go to feed the vulnerable and orphaned children will be sold in the local markets for additional provisions. This livestock farm initiative is a win-win situation because it will allow the children to enjoy a more nutritious and varied diet as well as a badly needed income to support other expenses from the organization.
The Farm project is comprised of livestock and food farming with emphasis on poultry farming, piggery, goat rearing and cattle rearing. It was established on a property that Ssamba Foundation purchased to carry out a number of development activities. The project site has a sustainable organic garden, and livestock project.
The farm delivers fresh vegetables straight from the farm on a daily basis to restaurants and markets in Mukono who want to use best and fresh quality. For individual households in Mukono, we bring weekly farm share baskets with a variety of fresh vegetables to different pickup points.
Food Farm and Feeding Program
Feeding the increasing number of children attending our children’s centre and those who just find their way to our children’s centre is overwhelming. The feeding program was started to cater for over 100 children who attend to our program, most who are orphans, vulnerable or living in a very poor household, living on less than $1 a day.
Our plan was (and still is) to offer a nutritious breakfast and lunch program to 100% of all vulnerable children at the facility and eventually become a model in the community.
All the children help with the different tasks, each choosing the activities they like best. The children know all the local varieties being grown and how to save seeds from each one. Inter-cropped in the garden are two varieties of green amaranth, eggplant, corn, onions, cabbages, gooseberries, carrots and manioc. Papaya, pineapple, avocado, jackfruit and mango grow around the perimeter and in the middle of the garden. All of the harvested food is used for school meals, and surplus is sold and the profits used for school expenses.
Farm and Program Expansion
The demand is increasing and we have thought of expanding our garden to cater for the increasing number of children at school and also to support the elderly and widows who don’t have land for growing of food. Since our garden is a demonstration one, we also need to get more tools and seeds to cater for the growing number of people interested in learning more about improved farming methods and also to cater for other foods like soy bean and livestock farming.
With the produce, we plan to construct a granary for the produce and store some seeds for the next planting season and with this, we shall make our garden self sustaining.
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