World Renew in Kaberamaido
Kaberamaido District in Eastern Uganda has a population of 213,374 people. The majority are members of the Kumam ethnic group; some are Iteso. Kaberamaido was severely impacted by the Teso insurgency that occurred between 1986 to 1992, and by Karamojong cattle raids during this time. More recently much of the population was displaced by violent Lord’s Resistance Army incursions in late 2003 and early 2004. The Kumam culture is tied to cattle rearing, and the loss of these animals has had a negative impact on the culture and economy of the district.
World Renew is working in Kaberamaido through Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) Kabale. Activities include:
- HIV/AIDS Program with a focus on HIV and AIDS prevention, care and support
- Agriculture and food security with emphasis on promotion of conservation agriculture
- Church and Community Mobilization using the Participatory Evaluation Process (PEP) methodology
- Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Program (focus on Psychosocial Care and support)
- Livelihoods program - mobilization of communities and promotion of Village Saving Loan (VSL)
Meet Catherine Anaso
Peter lives beside Lake Kyoga, where HIV and AIDS has been an issue in the villages. World Renew is sensitizing the fishermen to HIV and AIDS through their partner Kaberamaido Mission Development Program.
By establishing health champions in the villages and creating men’s, women’s, boys and girls groups, messaging about lifestyle choices and HIV prevention is making a big difference in the outlook for the families here. These health groups are now morphing into savings groups too. Peter’s group will begin their savings this year.
HIV and AIDS sensitization also occurs through a semi-annual boat race on the lake. The race attracts villagers from near and far.
Both women and men participate in the race--in a women’s race and a men’s race. This time Peter also competes, to the delight of all watching.
Kaberamaido is a district in Eastern Uganda.
Like most other Ugandan districts, it is named after its 'chief town', Kaberamaido, where the district headquarters are located.
The area of Kaberamaido is 691 mi².
Its elevation is 3,543'
World Renew’s community development process brings about full participation to identify and work through the community's challenges.
At the same time, our staff and partners work towards change at the deepest human level – at the level of a community’s vision, values, habits and worldview. This kind of change, though not always visible on the surface, is what is needed to sustain the progress they have made and help them truly flourish as God’s handiwork.
In such communities:
People gather to shape their future together
People work together on community projects that improve the quality of life of all members of the community
Everyone’s gifts and talents are welcomed and put to use
Leaders are identified, developed, and affirmed
On-going learning leads to awareness, understanding, and improved lives
Justice prevails and laws protect
Civic life is active
Mercy is generous and flowing
Christians work alongside other members of the community to achieve change, instilling all they do with biblical values and faith