ANIMAL SUSTAINABILITY

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Summary

Women in Uganda struggle to find jobs or opportunities for income to support their families. In many village settings, women lack the social status to change their families living situation. The Animal Sustainability Project gives women an opportunity to create a sustainable living through small animal care.

Cost

The cost per animal is Cow: $325, Goat: $70, Chicken: $15, Pig: $30, Turkey: $35, Duck: $30.

Project # 42.30624 Uganda

BACKGROUND

The Church of God in Uganda began in the 1970’s, but went underground due to Idi Amin. It was restarted in 1983 when Stan and Marion Hoffman came. In just a few years there were over 200 churches. Today, there are about 500 churches with over 25,000 believers.

Vision

The goal of this project, like the Jjajja House project, is to resource the under-resourced populations in Uganda. East Africa deals with high levels of poverty. Most Ugandans live off the land and depend on selling their crops, which can be risky when the seasons are dysfunctional. Possible annual earnings may be $400 – $600. 

STRATEGY

The gift of a small animal, which can be used as an on-going food and income source, can help alleviate some of the financial burden that people experience. It is a small act that can make a significant difference in the lives of women and their children living in poverty.

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“It is a small act that can make a significant difference in the lives of women and their children living in poverty.”

Tim and Colleen Stevenson
Global Strategy Missionaries to Uganda
Quick facts about Uganda
  • Total population: over 38 million
  • In land mass, it is slightly smaller than the US state of Oregon (241,038 sq km)
  • 7% of the population live with HIV/AIDS which is the 10th highest prevalence of HIV/AIDs in the world and they are 7th in the world in total people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Nearly 20% of the population live below the poverty line
  • Nearly 50% of the population is under 14 years old; the median age is 15.7 years
  • With issues like poverty and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, the life expectancy is 55.4 years
  • Uganda now hosts the largest refugee camp in the world
  • In 2016, estimates of refugees include 602,212 (South Sudan); 224,098 (Democratic Republic of the Congo); 41,167 (Burundi); 38,780 (Somalia); 15,226 (Rwanda)

A Little Gift, a Big Difference

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Recipients of the animals are found through the Tumaini AIDS Prevention Program (TAPP), church groups, and women’s groups. They are interviewed and visited several times before a gift is made. As part of the process, the recipient can request a type of animal they wish to receive.

Another important component of the program is that each recipient signs an agreement that they will give the first female offspring of any cow or goat to another woman. That woman also agrees to give the first female offspring to another woman and the chain continues. This allows the person receiving the gift to also be a blessing to others, breaking down some of the stigma associated with receiving aid.

A Story of Change

Colleen Stevenson shares this story of about a young boy in Gulu who received an animal:

One of the Children of Promise sponsored boys was given a rooster and two hens about three years ago. He has used the profits from selling eggs to purchase additional chickens and now has a flock of about 30 chickens!

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Will you join Global Strategy and offer hope to a family in East Africa?

Ways to make a difference

  • Online – Uganda Animal Sustainability
  • Check – make checks payable to “Church of God Ministries” and specify “Uganda Animal – 42.30624in the memo line.

For more information, contact Andrew Gale at 800.848.2464 or [email protected]

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