The need to improve the welfare and livelihood conditions of women and girls is an issue to be addressed. The women around these areas are poor and less informed, lack of technical guidance on productive enterprises and product markets. Government intervention in the economic utilization of natural resources is still low and gender mobilization for development is minimal despite the high number of women who are to be considered in empowerment.
Lower productivity within women enterprises of poultry, crop, apiculture and livestock calls for redress. Fish farming from natural waters like Lake Victoria and others cannot meet the requirements of locals for domestic consumption and marketing as most of it ends up in larger markets as per government design. This situation affects women and children especially those pregnant and under 5 years respectively.
Programmes addressing reproductive health by government need much to be complemented as few grassroots women have benefited. Cross cutting challenges like HIV/AIDS and environmental protection are at early stages of redress due to lack of updated information to the locals. HIV/AIDS prevalent rate here exceeds the national average and is over 8.4%, younger women are most affected here as Older men working takes advantage of them with small things/gifts since they can’t get them especially from their family/parents. Infant mortality rate exceeds 95 per 1,000 children born while literacy rate is below 69%, mainly women affected.
The Key Rock For Community Development Association (TKRCDA) has come up to address this situation by handling two programs of Poultry and Fish farming concurrently for they symbiotically benefit from each. Considering population in Wakiso According to the 2002 national census figures,
Wakiso District had a population of approximately 957,300 according to 2002 national census, making it the second-most populated district in the country. At that time, 53% of the population was children below the age of 18 years and 17% of the total population were orphans. It is estimated that the population of Wakiso District was approximately 1,310,100 in 2010. Income generating projects that improves the livelihood would be set as models and will include chicken multiplication and rearing through incubators on a semi-intensive scales, fish farming in women groups, bee keeping and honey processing for organic honey. We shall also handle awareness on reproductive health and community sensitization about infant and maternal mortality rate using proper instruments. Cross cutting challenges will also be addressed.
We shall focus ourselves on women that fall in the age bracket of 14 – 40 years who amount to 9,396, we feel that this age bracket will easily conceptualize the need of improved livelihood and the welfare of women and pass the same to the rest of the generation as time goes. In helping these women, there families including young children will be the potential beneficiaries.
At the end of the project cycle, more than 9,000 women will have benefited and the community outside this area will have known the importance of this project. We hope to start with Project like Fish Farming (semi intensive) and Poultry Projects, then train groups and individuals to initiate same projects.
To make women in this area are more informed on gender concepts and policies that favours them as well as catering for girl child education through sponsorships
Improve household income and equip women with skills used in modern production for enterprises like bee keeping, poultry and fish farming in addition to food production.
To improve the welfare of women and increase group development as well participatory approach in handling matters related to them.
To create market outlets for women crafts in the good markets and offer women employment as well as reducing HIV/AIDS infection rate in the park area.
Improve nutrition, reduce infant and maternal mortality rate as well as early pregnancies and forced marriages.
To strengthen the organisation capacity to handle matters related to women development.
1. Setting up a project core team
2. Conducting seminars on gender concepts and policies that empower women.
3. Identifying, selection and training of 24 women welfare councilors.
4. Carrying out participatory community mapping exercise on women to establish the targeted group.
5. Establishing Poultry Farm (In one place) and Fish Farm to act as demonstration farm and also it will be source of income to run future projects of the organization… to be source of income to sponsor students especially ygirls from poor families in our targeted communities.
6. Acquisition an outlet in the tourist and other market centers for women crafts and other products.
7. Identifying beneficiaries of various enterprises.
8. Developing a communication link system to the project.
9. Recommending to Government and concerned Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) girl children to sponsor in further education especially post primary.
10. Sensitising on reproductive health to reduce infant and maternal mortality rate, teenage pregnancy and forced marriage.
11. Holding radio talk shows on development issues by women project stakeholders including beneficiaries.
12. Putting up women welfare committees at parish level and welfare clubs at sub-county level.
13. Recruitment and selection of technical staff.
14. Participation in national and international women day functions.
15. Liaising with Local Government, agriculture, veterinary, health extension workers for complimentary technical support to women.
16. Establishing, monitoring and evaluation components to document process and outcome as well as ensuring operation soundness and share experience.
STRATEGIES FOR PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION
We shall use the following strategies in order to attain the project objectives:
i. Beneficiary Participation (Beneficiaries) The women community leaders, youth and other targeted in the age bracket staying in areas of operation are involved in the program implementation particularly in community mobilisation, project implementation and community women mapping exercise.
ii. Alignment with national guidelines and policies: National guidelines and policies will be followed right from program design, implementation, monitory and evaluation as well as dissemination. The key national guidelines and policies to be followed are; The National Action Plan on women 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th priority areas concerning Legal and Policy Frame Work and Leadership, the Social and Economic Empowerment of women, Reproductive Health and Rights with responsibilities, the Girl Child and Education, Peace Building and Conflict Resolution with Freedom from violence respectively. Here, the 4th priority of the girl child education will be more emphasised. Other key national guidelines and policies will include national strategic framework of HIV/AIDS activities, National monitoring and to the PEPFAR guidelines and policies in the implementation of the program.
iii. Quality service Delivery: There will be a focus on delivery of quality gender and livelihood services by incorporating a process of quality assessment and continuous quality improvement in and the planned activities.
iv. Linkages: We shall develop and maintain strong linkages with other national and local stakeholders concerning women in development.