Church of Uganda seeks $60,000 for food aid for famine-relief
The Archbishop of Uganda’s secretary for International Relations writes:
"Uganda is experiencing serious drought and famine in northeastern, northern, and northwestern Uganda. People have now started to die. The government says it can handle the situation, but that’s what the government is supposed to say. And, if they could handle the situation, people should not have already started to die.
We are seeking for funds for emergency relief for famine victims in Uganda. The hardest hit area is the Teso sub-region (Soroti, Kumi areas, if you’re looking at a map) in eastern Uganda.
Rev. Canon George Bagamuhunda, Coordinator of Planning, Development, and Rehabilitation, has written the attached proposal. We would request, something….anything that could help save lives in the immediate situation. When the crisis is over, we can begin to think about other development proposals that would help prevent such a serious crisis, even if drought comes again. There are micro-irrigation schemes, drought-resistant crops, etc. – all of these things can be explored. But, at the moment, what is needed immediately is food!"
Canon Alison Barfoot.
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APPEAL FOR TESO SUB-REGION
DESCRIPTION OF SITUATION:
Teso sub-region formerly Teso District, is located in the North-Eastern Uganda. It consists of districts of Soroti, Kumi, Katakwi, Amuria, Kaberamaido and Bukedea. The inhabitants are Iteso and Kumam ethnic groups. The region borders Karamoja in the north, Lira in the west and Mbale in the south.
The region has been affected by chronic drought and occasional floods for a long time. This situation however, has worsened since 2007, when the region was hit with severe floods, the insurgency by LRA and cattle-rustling by Karimanjong have all contributed to persistent food insecurity in Teso in sub region for decades now. As a result, limited acreage has been prepared for agriculture, livestock decimated, food reserves depleted and people have been weakened by diseases. As a result of the drought which has affected crop production and pastures for livestock, people have resorted to eating wild weeds.
Katakwi and Amuria districts are dominated by sandy loam soils that easily release moisture to hot and dry conditions and yet the households therein depend on annual crops. Shortage of moisture is quite stressful to short term annual crops with short gestation periods and determinate lifecycles because they grow fast, flower and mature at once and when harvested the plants basically die.
According to reports from Katakwi and Amuria districts indicated poor rainfall distribution and low amounts. Poor household food security in the districts was also reported. This happened in the phase of events in which almost all agencies providing relief food assistance to the 2007 flood victims had programmed their assistance to end in July 2008.
A cute hunger was reported in Katakwi and Amuria Districts by April 2009. According to Districts Technical Team Survey of Amuria District, 24,000 households of Amuria’s population of 320,000 were already vulnerable to hunger as early as April, 2009. The number has since risen to over 35,000 and as result, 9 people have already died of hunger.
The target beneficiaries will be the children, elderly people, breast-feeding mothers and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Proposed Emergency Response:
The specific objective of this intervention is to assist 100 households in each of the 1 parish in Katakwi and Amuria Districts who are severely affected by the drought by providing the following:
Provision of maize flour: 33,600
Provision of Beans: 16,800
Provision of common salt. 1,600 kgs
Actions to date and Emergency Needs
The assessment was undertaken in light of the erratic and low rainfall with long dry spells. This raised concerns from various food security stakeholders. It was also undertaken as part of the of the routine activities normally undertaken by the District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) and in this case, in particular, the Food and Agriculture working group of the DDMC.
The situation in Teso sub-region is escalating to due persistent droughts and seasonal foods which have affected the region for a long period now.
Gender concerns have been undertaken into consideration during the design of the intervention and will continue to be concern since the number of vulnerable persons has been identified.
S/NO Proposed activity Output Indicator Responsible Persons
1. Resource Mobilization Resources to make intervention 200 households assisted with food Teso Development Diocesan Office
2 Selection of target beneficiaries 200 households selected for assistance 200 households assisted with food TEDDO
3 Purchase of items Items purchased Receipts from suppliers TEDDO
4 Transportation of items Items delivered to targeted parishes Delivery notes signed by TEDDO TEDDO
5 Distribution of items Items distributed Acknowledgements of receipts distributed TEDDO
6 Reporting Progress reports made Reports produced and shared with Partners PDR and TEDDO
The Church of Uganda PDR will spearhead the implementation of the intervention. The Church of Uganda PDR will network with TEDDO in the implementation of intervention.
The Church of Uganda PDR and TEDDO will work hand in hand with the Government of Uganda and Local authorities at grass root level. Church of Uganda PDR will share information with WFP and other community based agencies in the implementation of the intervention.
The Principles of code of conduct have been considered and will be strictly adhered to.
All implementation of the invention will be coordinated by Church of Uganda PDR and TEDDO with local authorities in the Districts of Amuria and Katakwi.
The Provincial Secretary is the official spokespersons of the Province of the Church of Uganda and is available to assist in the transmission activities in the media.
PLANNED IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD
The implementation of this intervention will be carried out in the period of 2 months
ITEM UNIT AMOUNT COST IN UGX TOTAL COST IN UGX
Maize flour Kgs 33,600 2,000= 67,200,000=
Beans Kgs 16,800 2,000= 33,600,000=
Salt Kgs 1,600 800 1,280,000=
Hire of lorries Trips 3 1,500,000= 4,500,000=
Storage, loading and offloading weeks 2 500,000= 1,000,000=
Running costs for PDR vehicles Trips 8 500,000= 4,000,000=
4.PROGRAMME COORDINATION AND IMPLEMENTATION
Administrative Coordination contribution Months 2 3,000,000= 6,000,000=
Office maintenance costs months 2 200,000= 400,000=
Bank Charges Months 2 300,000= 600,000=
Stationery Months 2 200,000= 400,000=
Telephone,emails &fax Months 2 100,000= 200,000=
Water/Electricity Months 2 100,000= 200,000=
Report production Months 2 200,000= 400,000=
External Audit 3,000,000=
GRAND TOTAL 124,780,000
Uganda Shillings 124,780,000= equal to $59137 at the exchange rate of 2110 U$1