The Foodbank Project is an initiative of ScoutAid Uganda a not-for-profit, self-sustaining online shop that makes it easy for anyone to donate nutritious food and groceries to Ugandans in need.
We are well aware of millions of Ugandans struggling with access to food out there. Each day or week thousands of struggling Ugandans are in real need of help and the food parcels given to them would be indeed lifesaving when they need it most. There are all sorts of people living day-to-day who need help when confronted by an unexpected setback.
Uganda has experienced several calamities like prolonged draughts, landslides, torrential rains, winds, pests, etc. that have often caused food shortages and hundreds of families to starve. Most recent in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in Uganda and lock down period, we have more than ever before came in reality and know that the most vulnerable in our communities are being greatly affected. Please donate to The Foodbank Project and support other Ugandans who are less fortunate during these uncertain times.
With the advent of the COVID-19 country lockdown in Uganda the need for the Food Bank Project became imperative more than ever before. The project aims at enabling at risk starving families’ access food donations at all levels from all people of good will including local and international through our online platform and the donors can give and truck the impact of their giving. It ensures the respite food reaches to those in need in real time. The project ensures that there are stocks of nutritious food on our online food banks platform and empowers both commercial and small holder farmers to build resiliency to ensure adequate food security during climate disasters, drought, famine, pandemic such as COVID-19 or a surge in food prices.
Leadership Development & Training
Well aware of the large young generation and very reproductive and that Today’s children will be next generation of leaders. Youth leadership is one of the many ways that the ScoutsAid’s program helps youth develop into critical thinkers and team players, better prepared for success in the world. Along the way, youth are surrounded by committed and passionate Scouters who create a safe and inclusive environment for youth to discover the best in themselves. A Scout is confident, capable, and empowered to create meaningful contributions to creating a better world SAU integrates programs and activities that effectively build youth leadership skills, as well as youth cooperation and participation. The goal is to prepare and empower a new generation of leaders by capacitating and encouraging children and young persons to be active participants and drivers of child protection in their own communities.
This includes advancing the following activities in the settings where SAU works:
>> Scouters/Rovers: Creating opportunities as well as safe and positive spaces to congregate, share, and organize productively.
>> Connecting young persons with Rover Crew (parents, caretakers, teachers, and community leaders): engaging families, schools and local leadership in the process of supporting young people, the prospect of youth organizing, and youth representation in community child protection forums and decision-making processes.
>> Community development: Promoting the creation of opportunities for young people to invest and engage in projects that benefit their communities.
Protection and Education
We emphasize the fact that Rovers as – caregivers, parents, and community leaders – share in the responsibility to care and protect the young people. This is a core area of focus, which SAU promotes across all programs and activities. Special program activities such as School Sponsorship, Apprentice, IT Skills, Mentorship, Character development and Life skills are being carried out to ensure the protection and education of young persons in the specific settings where SAU works:
>> Educating parents and caregivers about the rights of children and the meaning and significance of child protection and especially the right to education.
>> Educating children about their rights and ensuring that they have a good understanding of these same rights.
>> Ensuring, through monitoring and oversight, that SAU partners are respecting these rights and implementing appropriate child protection measures within their homes and communities.
>> Ensuring that the children we work with live in a safe environment, free from external and internal physical and emotional threats.
Providing parents and caregivers with the tools they need to protect children in their care, even when these may require behavioral change and cultural adaptation.
Empowerment and Self Sufficiency
Every person has the right to hope and dream. We believe empowerment is the first step towards transformation and essential to breaking the cycle of extreme poverty that in some instances exacerbated by ignorance. At the core of all our programs, we are promoting empowerment and eventual self-sufficiency for families and communities where the young children.
Our empowerment focused programs work to promote specific untapped skills, interests and resources, as well as elevate the status of marginalized groups that have the potential to help their families and community sustainably move towards a more economically stable, socially inclusive, and responsible future.
Whether a child is learning vital life skills, a woman is developing her self-esteem and influence in the family and community, or parents are developing skills needed to earn additional income- SAU works to provide tools and education that empower young people to take control of their own futures through;
>> Income Generation: by practicing Climate Smart Agriculture and Community Based Tourism which creates viable pathways out of hunger and poverty for families and communities leading to eventual self-sufficiency.
>> Village Savings: equipping youths with financial literacy skills to promote economic empowerment of using Village Savings and Loan Associations.
>> Vocational Training: to create entrepreneurial skills to older youth and young adults the opportunity to develop marketable skills to apply in their communities and become financially independent.
>> Family Violence Awareness: Peace training for young children to combat various forms of family violence and gender inequality, and increase family health outcomes, as well as earning potential.
This is a core area of focus, through which SAU promotes health services in its program activities. We believe that identifying and addressing chronic community health concerns that include; poor nutrition, mental health as well as the poor environment is vital. SAU engages in special program activities such as nutrition education, deworming, mosquito nets, Mental Health Care and Psycho-Social Support.
All young children need to live in a healthy family environment for them to succeed. The survival and thriving of young children fundamentally depends on maintaining the health and nutrition in the family and hence also the need to address the cyclical nature of hunger and barriers to dependable nutrition for babies, children, families and community.
We emphasize the fact that food is medicine and that good nutrition will guarantee good health for children and family. Our program works to support ending chronic hunger and resolving nutritional shortages for the long term, our nutrition specific interventions involve a multi-phased approach that starts with psychosocial support and immediate provision of food and nutritional training and gradually moving towards increased home and local food production.
Nutrition programs involve every level of the community – leadership, teachers, parents, and children as well as our own staff, external experts and Scout partners. On a daily basis, households, communities, orphanages, and schools take responsibility for maintaining and executing nutrition programs. Integral to every single nutrition program is the unwavering commitment of mothers and caregivers who are devoted to creating a better future for their children and families.
- >> Infant, Toddler & School-aged Feeding: Adequate nutrition in the earliest years of a child’s life prevents stunted growth, chronic illness and is vital for healthy social and cognitive development, while school feeding improves health, school enrolment, attendance, academic performance and gender equity.
- >> Health Clinics: Provide important health education, testing, treatment and referral opportunities to families and communities that have little or no access to healthcare.
- >> De-worming: Rids children of parasitic worms, which helps them to absorb nutrients better and improves school enrolment and attendance.
- >> Mosquito Nets: Treated mosquito nets reduce the incidence of malaria and dengue fever in communities and orphanages.
- >> Nutritional Training for Caregivers: Increases a caregivers’ commitment, knowledge, and ability to adequately provide for the nutritional needs of her children. Improved nutrition and hygiene practices and access to treatment for acute malnutrition learned in a peer parent care group system.
- >> Organic Home Gardens: Growing produce at home increases a woman’s ability to provide for her family and also helps diversify the family diet with healthy, nutrient rich fruits, vegetables and herbs.
- >> Village Nutrition Hotspots: Centers for easy access of information on diversified foods food market. Further information about food preservation and using post-harvest handling technologies help reduced food losses and spoilage. Dissemination of information on sourcing food locally supports eventual community and family self-sufficiency by strengthening the market for small local farmers and creating the potential for new job opportunities locally and beyond.
Mental Health Assessment and Mitigation: Increases a scouts, knowledge, and ability to adequately provide psychological first aid and combat stigma in communities.
Water, Hygiene & Sanitation - WASH
Every person has the right to live in a safe and hygienic environment.
We believe that progress depends on identifying and addressing chronic community water concerns – including, access, water-borne illness, mosquito-borne illness, and respiratory illness, as well as sanitation and hygiene practices. SAU is engaged in special program activities such as Water Source Protection and Treatment, Rain Water harvesting & conservation, Borehole provision, Home environment, Compost Latrines, Safe Energy Stoves & Solar Light services.
Through thoughtful interventions we can reverse certain health damage that has already occurred and eliminate other preventable problems before they arise. Children and the elderly often suffer most seriously from chronic preventable health conditions, but no one is immune and the effects of intervention positively impact the health and finances of whole families and communities – strengthening all of SAU’s programs.
Our health specific activities require a tailored approach to adequately address the specific symptoms and environment of each community. Initially, we work to resolve the immediate symptoms and illness (if possible), which is followed by topical health education efforts and careful process and collaboration to design the most effective, culturally relevant long-term resolution. Resolutions to these issues are a true team and community effort in which everyone plays an integral role.
- >> Water Treatment and Filtration: Chlorination tablets and simple water filtration systems reduce the risk of preventable waterborne illness like cholera, typhoid, and chronic diarrhea.
- >> Water Storage & Conservation – proper storage of rainwater and usage of water and protection of wetlands, springs, and lakes.
- >> Hygiene Kits: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, feminine care products, and other basic hygiene items, paired with health education, help to reduce preventable illness
- >> Safe, Energy-Efficient Stoves: Modified traditional cook stoves significantly reduce high rates of chronic respiratory illness and burn incidents – especially in women and children. They are also 75% more efficient – reducing environmental degradation as well as the time it takes to cook and collect wood.
Compost Latrines: As an alternative to open defecation and pit latrines, this pilot phased project works to improve health and sanitation by modifying unsafe human waste practices in individual households.
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