Empowering Mothers through the Self Help Groups Approach

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Despite the role that youth ministry ought to play in the lives of young people, it is  imperative that it is understood that the family and its foundational role cannot be neglected or replaced. Yes, youth ministry has the potential to impact the lives of its involved young people in a manner that can never be statistically represented or fully comprehended.

This is why looking after the families of the young people in my youth ministry program, is the next step before anything else.

Currently I am running a weekly youth ministry program in Nabbaale Sub County, located in Mukono district, central Uganda. This community was very much affected by the 1980 to 1986 liberation war. Many lives were lost to this war and many orphaned children and widows were forced to join the armed struggle. The effects of this past are still significant even today.

  Children Safe Uganda  conducted a community assessment in 2010, and found out that the major challenges of this community include: education, healthcare and economic empowerment.

For this reason, Uganda Youth Ministry Association and Children Safe Uganda are working together to implement a project called  “VULNERABLE RURAL FAMILY EMPOWERMENT (VRFE)”

The aim of this project is to empower poor families through Self Help Groups (SHG’s) so that the school dropout rate is reduced from 86% (2010 research) to a reasonable number national wide. We are aiming at creating  sustainable development programs that empower families in order to best meet their basic needs including having enough food in their homes so that malnutrition is addressed since it was also a bigger challenge as per the mentioned  2010 research.


Child safe Uganda has been able to form 16 Self Help Groups (SHGs), but since they were not able to facilitate them and to make regular follow ups, five of them phased out and now only  11 groups are still active. Each group ranges from 15 to 20 members which totals to an average number of not less than 150 members who have already been trained in managing their groups.  SHGs are informal associations of Poor/ vulnerable people in a community with a common objective of working together for their economic and social family/community empowerment. They meet on a weekly basis and find solutions to their problems more especially issues concerning their children and the community.

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Proposed piggery project:

The aim of this project is to empower the  women in this area. Through this project we expect to see an  increase in the family daily incomes, so that parents are able to provide their children with an improved diet and  to send their children to school with scholastic materials like school fees/books/school uniform among others.

Beneficiaries/ Target group:

The aim of the program is to meet the needs of the children through their parents and  especially their mothers. Women will be empowered through managing the  piggery projects  so that in result they will be able to meet the social and educational needs of their children.

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Methodology/ Strategy:

The project is going to be initiated and implemented through well trained Self Help Groups (SHGs). These SHGs will be monitored on a weekly basis and be trained in areas of proper piggery management, Skills of saving and credit management, Record keeping, piggery feeding strategies, among others.

The  program will start with only 5 of the existing groups and when the pigs have delivered (multiplied), the piglets will be passed on to other groups.

Short  and long term tentative Action Plan:

1. Children Safe Uganda (C.S.U) meeting the Uganda Youth Ministry Association (UYMA) to discuss the project in details. 29th APRIL 2013. 11:00am At CSU Head Office. Bweya- Kajjansi.
2. Field meetings with beneficiaries/ Target group SHG members, to discuss about the terms and conditions for the proper management of the piggery project. 30th April and 1st May 2013.


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3. Training the beneficiaries about pig management like piggery feeding habits/ de-warming and treatment of pigs/ maintaining hygiene of piggery sty/ Market and Value assessment, construction of pigs sty among others. May 2013 Kizima village and Kawoomya village
4. Resource mobilization for the Construction of the pigs sty. May
5. Purchase and distribution of pigs May/June
6. Monitoring  of the project Weekly starting from May
7. Work plan for the second half of the year- July to December 2013 June
8. Program evaluation and assessment November/December 2013
9. Annual plan and report compilation/budgeting November/December

 What is needed and how you can help us

The project needs a total of Two Million Uganda shillings, equivalent to approximately 650 Euros or $800. This money will be used to construct 5 semi-modern styes and to buy 25 pigs.

A friend in Luxembourg who is already supporting us, has held soup lunches, sales of used materials and coffee breakfast, as ways of fundraising. May be one of these ways could be suitable for you as well. Consider any other way that you are able to support us, because your support is much needed.

Your support can reach us through YOUTURNS. Click HERE and remember to leave this comment “Donation to Uganda groups”

Your support can come directly to us by Western Union or Moneygram or by paypal. Kindly send me an email at shguganda@gmail.com for details.

May God bless you.


One Response

  1. Hi Steven,

    This is great. Let’s pray for some more support. Good evening,


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