Fendu and Karube Community Goat Farm, is established in Lodonga Black Forest Village, of Lodonga sub-county, in Yumbe District, West Nile sub-region of north western Uganda.
It is located about two miles, to south western side of Lodonga Catholic Parish and on the road to Koboko Township, in Koboko District.
It is one of the first such community development projects, directly sponsored with social investments, initiated and funded by Project Green Villages Africa Institute, with an objective to generate incomes for local women and youth, in hopes of improving livelihoods, of a community of families, who own and operate the farm, for sustainable living.
This new community farm, will also serve as a demonstration farm, where other communities will have direct access, to learn about goat breeding and raising, as a sustainable income generation.
Whereas Project Green Villages Africa Institute is a non profit, non governmental community development and social investment organization, with current administration and operational base, in Calgary, Alberta. Canada, where the organization was first established and registered, with Alberta Corporate Registries, in the year of our Lord, 2008, we focus on social investment development projects, in rural West Nile sub-region, of north western Uganda.
We have finalized plans to register Project Green Villages Africa Institute, in Uganda, as a non profit, non governmental community development and social investment organization, with regional Head Quarters to be strategically situated in Arua Municipality, (which is soon, expected to gain city status), in the West Nile sub-region.
Following a number of close consultations, co-operation, meetings and open discussions, with local community leaders, elders, including full involvement and participation of women’s and youth groups, a committed community of families, have unanimously voted in full agreement and in principle, to donate a three acre plot of arable land, in which to house, feed, breed and raise goats, sheep, rabbits and chicken, as a community source of sustainable income generation, to improve livelihoods, for sustainable living.
This has been a first test for us, of local democracy in action, in a rural setting, for a collective and co-operative, joint social justice initiative, to resolutely fight poverty, hunger, food insecurity, social, economic and political inequality and injustices, marginalization, neglect, disease, illiteracy and underdevelopment, in a sustainable environment.
A great team of hard working and excited youth, under watchful eyes, prudent instruction and close supervision of community leaders and elders, have since started the process of preparing the land, in full anticipation of receiving the first batch of herds of young and healthy goats and sheep, which are to be purchased from local and as well as national goat and sheep breeders, in the West Nile sub-region and other parts of Uganda.
Properly constructed goat shed has been built on the new site, which will begin to receive and house, the first batch of herds of goats and sheep, which are expected to arrive in their new home, towards the end of March, 2015.
A special Easter Holyday celebrations are to be held, on the new farm grounds, to officially open the goat farm, to the local community.
Plans call for piped fresh water and or a water well to be installed in the farm, to provide safe and clear water, for use on the farm, in the near future, when some more funding is secured.
Our mid and long term development goals for the goat farm, call for construction and installation of an array of pv solar panels and possibly a wind turbine or two, to generate and produce a clean electricity, to supply the farm and communities living around it, with reliable, dependable, affordable and sustainable source of power. Thanks mainly, to rapid falling costs of renewable energy, improved technological innovation and efficiency and a ready access to financing streams, options and services, on a divergent and competitive global markets.
Security of the land and the farm.
Plans are in place to secure legal documents, to protect the property and it’s rightful ownership, under the existing land and property ownership laws, in Uganda. This process is expected to cost at least Uganda Shillings, 4,600,000.00, which is slightly over $1,500.00 Canadian dollars.
Meanwhile a professional survey of the farm land and adjoining open areas, for potential future acquisition, will be undertaken and fully documented , for future reference and expansion plans.
A physical security barrier, using high grade barbed wire fencing, has now been installed, around the perimeter of the farm property, at a cost of over Ugandan Shillings, 3,000,000.00, to protect everything inside it, from any exterior encroachment or attack or invasion or intrusion. This is essentially to discourage any attempts of trespassing, by undesirable elements, including unauthorised persons and or destructive wild life in general.
A team of dedicated local youth and women, including some community elders, have currently volunteered, to provide full care, security and safety, for the newly arrived goats, sheep and the farm property. This is to ensure the success of the new and exciting, local community project, of the first kind, in this very community, which previously had been hard hit, by high levels of unemployment and poverty, underemployment and stunted social mobility, due mainly to a lack of economic and social opportunities, as a direct result of not having had access to vital resources, government marginalization, nepotism, political negligence and economic inequality.
Plans to acquire two young puppies, from the local Parish priest, of Lodonga Catholic Church, have been very successful. We are now training and raising two young dogs, to provide protective security, in and around the farm property, at all times. The dogs, once trained, will be placed under the care, supervision, direction and full stewardship of trained dog handlers, at a monthly remuneration, for purely security and safety reasons, so as to ensure a maximum protection, in a safe and friendly manner and humane environment.
Purchasing of the first 30 or so herds of goats and sheep was fully financed, directly by Project Green Villages Africa Institute, at a total cost of $1000.00 Canadian dollars, which was received in Ugandan Shillings, 2,569,911.00 in total.
All funding was received from genuine donations, by supporters/sponsors of the new Goat Farm initiative, aimed at empowering the resilience of women, in rural farm communities, in hopes of achieving meaningful and substantial poverty reductions, for sustainable living, while acting responsibly in environmental stewardship, mitigating climate change and reducing carbon footprint, in the face of adverse effects of climate change
Short term planning.
In our short term plans for the years 2015 and 2016, we hope to purchase additional 50 to 135 more goats and sheep, subject to better funding prospects. Total estimated costs will run at between $3,250.00 and $9,750.00 Canadian dollars. Total estimated costs in Ugandan Shillings, will be calculated at prevailing currency rates, at the time of purchases.
Revenue and fund development.
Plans are under way, for a major Fund Raising event, which will be hosted by Project Green Villages Africa Institute, in close partnership and collaboration of potential supporters/sponsors and social investors, from a broad section of Calgary Community.
Most revenues are expected from ticket sales, for a social event, featuring an evening of authentic African dinner, music and dance. There will be Fine Art, Photography, Organization T/Shirts and other promotional product sales, in addition to auctioning off donated items, from Calgary Business Community sponsorships and or individual private sponsors.
The event is projected to raise an estimated amount of between $65,000.00 and 95,000.00, based on major sponsorships, donated items and services, to offset initial costs of hosting the event. We will be actively seeking the support of potential sponsors, throughout the Calgary Community, in particular, the Business Community.
Report developed and written by Mr. Augustine Yada. Founder/Executive Director, Project Green Villages Africa Institute. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Phone (403) 473-3679. 4 10th December, 2015.