We are currently running programs that are aimed at improving lives of human kind with limited resources. These programs include WASH, HEALTH, NUTRITION, ENVIRONMENT, AND AGRICULTURE all these require support from well wishers
AFNA Uganda is an Organization that is purely operated by volunteers who work tirelessly to support more than 10 activities in Northern Uganda. We therefore call upon volunteers all over the world to volunteer with AFNA Uganda.
Our Causes include: Delivering food and essentials; promoting and strengthening agriculture, nutrition and health in an enabling and cozy environment.
Agriculture provides employment to 72.67% Ugandans (World Bank, 2019), contributes about 20 per cent of the GDP and about 48 per cent of export earnings. With 78 per cent of its population under 30 years of age, Uganda has the youngest population in the world according to the UNFPA 2017 report. A big population such as we have requires increased agricultural production to feed it and to create jobs yet the sector faces numerous challenges like inadequate production and post harvest technologies, post harvest losses, lack of awareness by farmers on better farming methods, soil and crop diseases, land limitation and soil degradation, low value addition among others. These challenges require cost effective, innovations and technologies to eliminate them.
Environmental pollution is a serious concern due to its effects on health and natural resources. Without controlling it, Uganda will have disatrous outcomes since Kampala is the second most polluted in Africa.
WASH is a critical component in achieving best livelihood. This is because; WASH affects health, nutrition and human potential to work due to its related diarrheal diseases.
Malnutrition is one of the major global health burdens. In Uganda, this problem is far from over given Uganda’s food insecurity levels classified as ‘serious’ by the 2018 Global Hunger Index. The northern and eastern parts of the country are most vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition. In some areas, stunting and wasting reach 40 and 20 percent, respectively (WFP, 2020). The current levels of malnutrition in Uganda are unacceptable.
Sickle cell and Malaria continue to be silent killers in Uganda since they contribute substantially to mortality in children and adults in Uganda. For example; in Uganda, 20,000 babies per year are reported to be born with sickle cell disease but not all of them make it upto their 5th birthday. This hinders the realization of the UN Sustainable development goal (SDG3). This can be tackled using an integrated approach including strengthening surveillance and monitoring of disease occurrence and health outcomes, enhancing adherence to health maintenance guidelines, increasing knowledge and awareness among those affected, and improving healthcare access and utilization.
AFNA Uganda has not got any legal donor for any ongoing projects. All the projects are being run with personal funds and community contribution as well as Gulu referral Hospital. With the little support we have got we have managed to implement our projects that has registered success among 1,350 benefitiaries yet our target is to reach over 50,000. Its therefore, upon this background that AFNA requests donations from Organizations, Indiviatuals and any other well wishers so that we can change the lives of over 50,000 people.
These are our Ongoing Projects aimed at transforming the lives of the vulnerable communities and those living with sickel cell disease
AQUAPONICS is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. We train our community to set an Aquaponic System with materials that are cost saving to grow fish for home home consumption and commercially. This is done to improve household income and nutrition suplement.
Maggot farming is becoming a lucrative business day by day. These margots are used as poultry feeds. Margots have high market demand country wide since poultry farmers are now resorting to margots instead of other types of poultry feeds. Margots are also rich in proteins.
AFNA Uganda empowers the community through training and awareness programs on crops that act as nutrition suplement. We have trained over 1000 direct beneficiaries and over 5000 have indirectly benefited from these projects.
The increase in population has resulted to land fragmentation increasing the number of small household farmers in Uganda. These farmers consitently use the land leading to soil infertility yet they cannot farm inputs like manure. Adopting appropriate soil management technology will not only result to food security but will promote nutrition and better livelihood of these people.
AFNA is implementing other projects like agri-ecology, appropriate postharvest handling of food and organic agriculture to promote nutrition, health and livelihood of people living with sickle cell disease.
Supporting the care takers of patients admitted in hospital wards is critical in a health system since it directly increases the survival rates of malnourished children. In this program, we provide food and other essentials to such vulnerable and psychologically tortured individuals, follow up discharged and defaulting cases while integrating CMAM because they are critical in successful rehabilitation of a sick child.