Empower And Care Organization (EACO)
managed by Shadrak K.
Empower and Care Organization has been registered since 2006, and operates in Mukono District, Central Uganda, and Maracha district, Northern Uganda. Our mission is to reduce poverty and HIV/AIDS through the creation of economic empowerment, and educational opportunities and support for disadvantaged groups of people. Our activities are targeted toward vulnerable women, particularly widows and those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as vulnerable children, youth, and the elderly.
The vision and philosophy of EACO is based on the belief that every human being is a unique individual and that we all have a right to good health and basic needs and should access means to a comfortable life in one way or another.
EACO is committed to a development process that promotes equality. EACO believes in and strives to uphold the rights and dignity of all people especially in the rural communities. EACO upholds principles of stewardship with its resources and is committed to support vulnerable children and disadvantaged people fight poverty, ignorance and diseases such as Malaria and HIV/AIDS.
In Mukono, women bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. The vast majority of the poor in Mukono are women, and two-thirds of the illiterates in this community are female. Of the millions of school age children that are not in school, the majority are girls. Furthermore, at this time, HIV/AIDS is rapidly becoming a woman's disease.
Providing job opportunities could change these trends. EACO’s income findings suggest, most women also lack the capital for the startup costs necessary to engage in successful entrepreneurial informal activities. This predisposition further inhibits their ability to generate a sustainable income and renders them unqualified to benefit from economic growth opportunities such as microfinance programs. Their lack of skills, education, and capital serves as a barrier to economic opportunity.
This project will target vulnerable women, particularly widows and those living with HIV/AIDS, Orphans, and grandmothers caring for vulnerable children through providing training for economic opportunities.
This project will enable women to engage in income-generating activities. The ability to increase their income and invest in their families and communities will then help to improve their families' health and well-being.
This project will address economic opportunity for women by providing training and individualized instruction in entrepreneurship, marketing techniques for small businesses, micro finance, and the implementation of income-generating activities (IGAs), including farming, vegetable growing, chicken rearing, piggery, mushroom growing, tailoring and design, arts and crafts, and hair dressing and styling.
By providing women food farmers easy access to credit, adequate training and instilling in them the importance of saving, EACO empowers women and girls to engage in income-generating activities to increase their incomes and invest in their families and communities.
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UGANDAN 20 SECONDARY SCHOOLS BEE-KEEPING PROJECT
EACO's key principles on and approach to community development· The vision and philosophy of EACO is based on the belief that every human being is a unique individual and that we all have a right to good health and basic needs and should access means to a comfortable life in one way or another.
· We believe that the first priority is that people should have a sustainable life. However, almost equally important is that an individual’s life should have meaning and that they should develop independence. This is being achieved through care then empowerment and support. It’s really only then we can bring education so that our people understand the overwhelming benefit to them. With improved health comes the ability to be employable to generate income and escape from poverty.
At the heart of EACO’s approach the focus is on achieving financial and operational sustainability. Financial sustainability is incorporated into project design – as part of the education process students produce actual goods. The income generated from the sale of these products is used to cover teaching and production costs. Operational sustainability is ensured by working within the framework of existing organisational structures. By partnering with well established agricultural schools we can be confident that long term impact does not depend on one or two key individuals but is a result of institutionalisation of successful practices. UGANDAN 20 SCHOOLS BEE-KEEPING PROJECTThe project for which we are currently requesting funding seeks to establish bee-keeping training on a self-funding basis for the benefit of generation after generation of students at Kyampisi Secondary Schools– long term poverty reduction through helping the young to help themselves. Benefits of Bee-KeepingBee-keeping, with its low start-up costs, low maintenance requirements, and low use of land, combined with a high value product, offers an ideal means for students from families with few resources to supplement their household income. These same characteristics that make bee-keeping so suitable for the individual also apply to schools. The high value of the honey and hive products is more than capable of generating sufficient funds to pay for the costs of providing a bee-keeping instructor and hive maintenance – allowing otherwise financially constrained schools to extend their educational programmes. Project DescriptionThe project outlined is based on the Kyampisi Secondary Schools. School own analysis of their requirements and has the full support of the school’s director - ensuring the local ownership required for its successful implementation. With expertise in agricultural and entrepreneur education EACO will provide the schools with technical, administrative and financial support to maximise the project’s impact.
The project will:· Provide funds for the establishment of 1000 hives stocked with apis mellifera mellifera bees· Provide thorough training for three teachers at each school in all aspects of bee-keeping from hive construction, maintenance & disease prevention, to harvesting, processing, and packaging of honey and other hive products. · Assist the schools to access advisory services from local bee-keeping trainers OutcomesOur goal is that by the end of the project the 20 Kyampisi Secondary Schools, bee-keeping activities should be generating income sufficient to cover the cost of a trained bee-keeping instructor and ongoing hive maintenance and replacement costs. Specifically:· All students currently at those schools will have been trained to a standard where they are able to establish and maintain their own hives as a viable business activity. · The hives will bring in additional income to the school which will be used to buy additional educational resources (books & equipment etc..), and to fund scholarships for the most needy pupils most especially Girls.· 20 Kyampisi Secondary Schools will be in a position to replicate the developed project at other schools in other communities in Uganda without the need for substantial fresh resources. Monitoring and EvaluationEACO will work with the schools to monitor and support the ongoing implementation of the project, assess its impact, identify and disseminate the lessons learned and their implications for rural and pro-poor agricultural education at the national and international levels.