World Renew in Kaberamaido
Catherine Anaso and David Alele have been part of World Renew's Stepping Stones Training for the past four years. Catherine says, "There are so many changes; should I mention them all?"
Where once their relationship was fractured and full of tension, she and David have built a marriage relationship of trust and faithfulness. Their trust in each other has grown, and because of this trust, they make plans together, share confidential issues with each other, and are able welcome others to their home. If Catherine is sick, David takes care of her, fetches water, and help her bathe if she cannot manage this herself. There was a day when they were verbally and physically abusive to each other, but now Catherine says "I missed you" when David has been away. The two have become so confident in each other's commitment that they now plan to marry in the church.
In the last two years, Catherine learned that not only men are able to earn money. She is a member of the Oriam Can Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA). Oriam Can literally means "chase away poverty." Her group is one of 19 VSLA groups that have been established.
Through her participation in the VSLA group, Catherine starting buying and smoking fish. Sales of Catherine's smoked fish combined with David's income from driving the motorcycle he bought as a boda boda (motorcycle taxi) means they are able to send all their children to school.
Meet Peter Ongem
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 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)
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