Vulnerable Programme

With a population nearing 400,000, Bulambuli District has approximately 33,300 households. The local community are for the most part subsistence farmers living in abject poverty; of which 65% are denied the right to safe water, sanitation and housing with an additional 85% lacking electricity (Water Aid).  These issues are further compounded by the fact that despite the Ugandan Government establishing a Social Security Fund for over 65s, only those who have held formally recognised jobs are eligible for this scheme. Many of the people who AVS works with will have never and will never gain formal employment due to lack of opportunity and the ingrained problems caused by poverty.

Addressing all these issues would be an enormous challenge for AVS, and we do not pretend to have all the answers. But if managed carefully AVS has an opportunity to make a huge difference. Working alongside local leaders and AVS supported women’s groups, 100 households across five sub-counties throughout Bulambuli have been identified and nominated by their communities as requiring support from AVS. Across these households, ages and needs are varied; with the most vulnerable identified as being: elderly widows/widowers/couples, single-parent headed households, young families and child-headed households. This is just to name a few, there are many more cases and each household brings its own unique story.
 
Amongst the 100 households visited our findings showed that the largest group of vulnerable people are elderly adults aged 55 and above – comprising of elderly couples, widows and widowers.  In addition to which, half of the elderly headed households are responsible for any number of young dependents; often grandchildren who have lost their parents to AIDS.  Furthermore, most of these individuals have chronic or acute health issues, and coupled with old age means they are completely unable to work or subsistence farm due to lack of energy. With little family nearby many of these elderly people live dependent on their neighbours and communities to bring and additional little food they have each day.
 
As a result, AVS would like support those identified with the basic necessities in the most part, and for the most vulnerable to construct new houses fitted with corrugated iron roofs – better designed to deal with conditions such as heavy rainfall and flooding; as well as providing a comfortable living.

A modest house, mud and wattle structure with a tin roof costs between £500 and £900 depending on the size of family and home needed. Basic household requirements and food would cost £347.00 for two people and include various household items such as plates, cups, pots, mosquito nets and basic food supplies for one year.
 
Any contribution towards the continuation of this project will be very gratefully received and will be used specifically to continue this programme.  We are proud that 98% of our total income is spent directly on our charitable activities.
 
Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting AVS. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about our work. I do hope you will be able to help us support the most vulnerable and we look forward to hearing from you. CLICK HERE if you wish to make a donation.

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Phone: +44 (0)7546 124450

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African Village Support is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with registration number 1164318.

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