Beacon of Hope Uganda has set up the Ssuubi Livestock Farm to serve as a demonstration farm, educational and supplying point for the school, students and local community.
To empower children toward economic independence, Beacon of Hope Uganda will give goats, pigs and chicken to children in rural communities. The animals will be given to children especially those attending Hope Children’s Academy in Kasala to raise at home. The expected income from the project will go toward the education of the children. The project will be self-sustaining; the first offspring will be passed to another student.
BoHU is implementing the project in partnership with “How Are You” a Germany based charity led by Charlotte Campbell and Friends and support from Tzedek International. Animals are sustainable income sources and are low maintenance. Animals like goats produce two to four kids per year which can be sold or kept for reproduction.
Goats are low cost to maintain as they feed on local grass. The grass also provides health benefits minimizing the need for multiple expensive vaccinations. Goats are used for food and milk. The skin is used for fabrics, shoes and house mats. The drops and urine can also be used for manure. The income generated is primarily used to pay for school fees, purchase basic needs such as food and clothes and fund other business opportunities. The has goats, pigs and chicken.
Over the past several years, Beacon of Hope Uganda has focused on designing projects that have the potential to become self-sustaining. In 2015, we gave goats to 50 women and vulnerable children from different villages of Kyampisi sub-county. The expected income from the project will go toward their household needs such as the education of their children and siblings. The project will be self-sustaining; the first offspring will be passed to another woman or family in the group of over 300.