Kamuda's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Kamuda community is located in the eastern part of landlocked Uganda, beside Lake Kyoga. The landscape is a mix of wooded savannah, pinkish soil, and grasslands. There are two rainy seasons and two dry seasons.

Traditionally, the people in this area are agro-pastoralists, with groups of households bound together under a clan. There are two main ethnic groups in the area, the Kumam and the Iteso, although there is smaller representation from other ethnic groups as well. Most families live in a simple dwelling with a grass-thatched roof. Many of the community's 23,900 people are deeply impoverished.
Child Protection
  • 145 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 37 children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 2502 girls and boys aged six to 18 years old took part in a children's group in their local community helping them feel involved and part of the community.
  • 32 teachers accurately follow recommended teaching guidelines in classes
  • 11 community systems are now implementing child literacy activities in and out of school
  • 257 community members learned about climate change and the environment, increasing their understanding of their impact on the environment.
  • 619 farmers adopted better farming methods
  • 607 households now have multiple sources of income
  • 300 farmers accessed extension services
  • 763 households used energy saving stove technology
  • 300 households are practicing kitchen gardening
  • 87 farming and agricultural groups formed, helping producers work together for better harvests.
  • 52 savings groups were established
  • 2 farmers held dialogues with local government officials
  • 4 product value chains were established in the communities
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 16 schools are now integrating gender considerations into their water and sanitation facilities and practices
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Train groups to conduct campaigns on the importance of education. Increase the number of classrooms, desks, and school latrines.
  • Organize training for teachers to improve quality of instruction students receive. Promote the development of school nutrition gardens.
  • Establish children's rights clubs to ensure they can all access educational services.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Increase families' access to health services and organize training for health workers.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate community members of all ages on preventing the spread of HIV.
  • Increase community-led care and advocacy for orphans and people living with HIV and AIDS.
  • Promote prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission by providing voluntary HIV testing and counseling.
  • Establish support groups for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Increase families access to safe, clean water.
  • Train water users committees to manage safe water sources.
  • Educate families on good hygiene practices and proper sanitation.

Explore Kamuda

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Kamuda

Children find it difficult to study and learn in Kamuda. There are 16 primary schools in the community but they are unevenly situated and desperately overcrowded. As a result, there is an acute shortage of classrooms, desks, and educational materials. The teacher-pupil ratio is as high as 1:163. Many children must walk more than five kilometres to the nearest school, arriving late and tired to what is often little more than a temporary structure with inadequate latrines, or even an outdoor classroom. Such an environment negatively affects students motivation.

Many parents in Kamuda were not able to complete school themselves, so their children receive little encouragement to continue. In such a challenging situation, academic performance begins to decline, and ultimately many children drop out of school altogether without having gained the skills they need to escape a life of poverty.

Health Care
In Kamuda, where life expectancy is just 48 years, various factors put children's health at serious risk. There are two health centres but inadequate staffing levels mean they cannot meet even half the population's needs. New mothers and their infants are serviced with the general population at the health centres, exposing them to disease.

Kamuda has no community-led systems in place for HIV prevention or for the care and support of people living with HIV or AIDS. Voluntary counseling and testing programs are inconsistent, and as a result, many people do not know their HIV status.

Some who know they are HIV-positive refuse to reveal their status because of the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. Others continue to engage in high-risk behaviours, which put children and young people at risk of perpetuating the cycle. Sadly, people living with HIV or AIDS often lack the practical skills they need to care for themselves, and have little access to income-generating activities that would improve their living conditions.

Water and Sanitation
Many families in Kamuda live in cholera-prone lakeside areas, and parents often lack information about the dangers of drinking from unprotected sources. In many cases, they don't even have a choice, and their children drink untreated lake water. This practice leads to diarrhea and worm infections. A lack of basic sanitation facilities further compounds the situation, with only 42% of the population having access to latrines.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kamuda,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.