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Paths to Progress: What's Happening in Masaka?
Community Partner Highlights
Child Restoration Outreach (CRO) provides for street children in Masaka. CRO strives to meet the youth's basic needs as well as provide for long-term family placements and education.
Masaka Microfinance & Development Cooperative Trust (MAMIDECOT) is a small microfinance institution that provides business-consulting services in urban and rural Masaka. Emphasizing the importance of saving as the key to development, they provide loans and training for their clientele.
The Community, Health, Empowerment, Development, and Relief Agency (CHEDRA) works with groups at the local, national, and international levels to relieve the burden of human hardship through capacity building. Projects include construction of water tanks and production of tree nurseries.
An introduction to the equatorial town
The town of Masaka straddles the equator and is home to just over 70,000 residents. The majority of the population relies on agricultural and livestock farming as a source of sustenance and income. Masaka's proximity to Lake Victoria allows for easy access to fresh fish and much of this meat is processed in the town. Scars left by the 1979 Civil War are still apparent in Masaka, from the ruins of municipal buildings to widespread poverty and lack of infrastructure. However, the growing number of community-based organizations are making considerable strides in the region.
Masaka, Central Region
Population: est. 74,100
Low 62ºF / High 86º F
Local language: Luganda
Organization: Kitovu Mobile
Intern: Alexandra Tan
Kitovu Mobile recognizes that HIV/AIDS not only affects an individual, but also affects families emotionally and financially. Often teenage youth often drop out of school because of a lack of funds or support. Kitovu Mobile targets this problem by providing valuable training through Mobile Farm Schools to teach modern, sustainable, integrated, organic farming skills.
Topic: Water harvesting
Intern: Margaret Kennedy
The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) and Intern Margaret Kennedy developed a sustainable farm with the Butende Technical School, which is an alternative form of education for those who cannot afford a university. The Institute created an AIDS Challenge Youth Club that gives back to the HIV/AIDS community through fundraising and nutrition initiatives.
Anita Sempa, Program Director
Anita has worked in the field of rural and international development since 1992. She speaks several languages, loves working with people from varied cultural backgrounds, and with a diplomat for a husband, she has a unique, insider perspective on international relations and cooperation. She also has significant work and educational experience in communication, management, and mobilization and has served as a Board Member of several Ugandan NGOs.