Our first official trip to Karamoja
Our second official trip to Karamoja, after 4 wells Brunnen were already built.
PHOTO UPDATE, KARAMOJA, VFA
Vision for Africa Headquaters (front), Nursery school (behind) and Agriculture (left)
Poor Karamojong homestage, village, directly opposite to Vision for Africa land
The current project is a new mission which God has put on Maria Prean's heart. With this new project in Karamoja Vision for Africa Intl. is helping the poorest of the poor in Uganda.
Karamoja is situated in the north-east of Uganda, a half-dry savanna landscape in the bordering region to Kenya and South Sudan, and it is one of the least developed regions of the country. From around 1,3 Million inhabitants 50% is under 15 years old. 80% of the population live below the breadline – a high children death rate, malnutrition and illiteracy are dominant problems of the region.
Due to the drought and the steadily extending soil erosion, agriculture is only possible in a limited form. Cattle raising is the most common but as well insecure source of income of the half-nomadic population who is additionally threatened by a lot of cattle theft.
Through the shortage of water arouse the issues of malnutrition and poor hygiene conditions. Because of malnutrition the people are weak, they can hardly do any physical work which starts the vicious circle. Most of the children are not attending school and even the elder generations are mostly illiterates. The consumption of alcohol is enormous because it covers up the feeling of hunger, and so it is not rare to see starving children being addicted to alcohol. The Karamojong are cattle raisers. Their cattle is their pride and the only possession they have. Hunger is still an issue however, because the Karamojong do not slaughter, whereas they only eat dead animals. Many, among them also many children, move around from region to region following the water in order to keep the cattle alive and well. Pregnant women die frequently on their way to the next clinic.
Making the kingdom of God great in a region which is still dominated by traditional religions, witchcraft and occultism, so that the country becomes free from evil bondages and bad spirits and the people get to know their value in Jesus Christ, become children of the living God and get the new kingdom identity with a life standard full of dignity as God wants it for His children.
PLANNED & ALREADY STARTED ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN FOR THE PROJECT IN KARAMOJA, MOROTO:
Water is the foundation: Digging wells and creating a mindset for proper land and ressources usage and hygiene. – The way of proceeding will be locally adapted: Family by family, village by village, like the principle of help for the neighbourhood. The concrete goal are 1.000 wells within 10 – 15 years in the whole Karamoja region.
Distribution of soaps, vaseline, toothpastes, water jerry cans, washing basins, children clothes and bibels.
Building a headquarter with a beautiful compound, which is a base and administration office as well as the accomodation for our staff in Karamoja.
Building a Kindergarten starting with 100 children of the poorest for the first Kindergarten class, having 300 eventually.
Setting up the Israeli water-drip-system for agriculture, to make the dry area fruitful
Giving agricultural classes and field work theory with practical lessons on our own fields of Vision for Africa in Moroto, Karamoja
Establishing a Maternity clinic
Building a Primary school
Building a village for old/ helpless people (round huts)
Purpose of donation: Karamoja
Our "Senager" (senior-teenager) Village for old, lonely, helpless Karamojongs