Luwero Programme Unit
Communities: 68 parishes
Population: 372, 800
Sponsored children: 13,500
Plan started work in Luwero, central Uganda, in 1992. The main economic activity is agriculture and people grow crops of fruits and vegetables, and cash crops such as coffee, cotton and cocoa.
Plan has been supporting school dropouts to acquire vocational skills, such as catering, secretarial studies, car mechanics, tailoring and hairdressing. After the course, they are given start-up tools to begin working and earning money to support themselves and their families.
“I want to thank Plan for supporting children who had dropped out of school to attain vocational skills. This will help us to start working, earn some money and support our families,” said Margaret, a training course participant.
Water and sanitation
Plan has been promoting Community-Led Total Sanitation so people can take action to improve their sanitation using the available local resources. This has led to a number of communities being declared open defacation-free.
Children and community members participate in mapping latrine coverage and safe water sources in the area and Plan conducts sanitation improvement campaigns at household level.
“Plan has enabled us to live in a healthy village through various household hygiene campaigns. Our village is one of the cleanest in our area and most households boast of high sanitation standards,” said Harriet, a community member.
Plan is involved in a number of programmes to ensure children participate in decisions that affect their lives. Every year we celebrate the Day of the African Child, when children come together to advocate for their rights through poems, songs and plays.
“I was excited when I was called upon to participate in the children’s debate during the Day of the African Child events. I was able to meet other children and was impressed by their ideas. I promise to work for the good of children in my area so that our rights are respected,” said 13-year-old Alice.
In partnership with local non-governmental organisations, Plan is improving food production and incomes at household level by training families in good farming practices and supporting them with seed varieties, poultry and livestock.
Communities in Luwero have also benefited from a savings and loans scheme, which has improved household income and food production .
“We learnt how to practice modern farming methods and they also encouraged us to work in groups for better management of our projects,” said participant Joseph.
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