Here at Youth Skilling Organization Uganda, a charity dedicated to empowering Ugandan young people through various programs and small scale farmers grow their incomes while managing the natural resources sustainably, we strongly believe that Uganda is the same. So many critics of aid harbor and project perceptions of Uganda that show sources of uncertainty like conflict, political unrest, climate variability and fluctuating markets. These are often the very people who believe that aid doesn't work!
It's true that agriculture, investment, and protection of vital natural resources in many parts of Uganda can sometimes be complex - and unpredictable. But after 5 years of working in several parts of Uganda, with rural communities and youth in critical locations, we are confident that we have found many elements of the winning strategy for transforming lives.
We know how to combine both traditional and modern approaches to build farmers' knowledge and capabilities. Having under gone intensive training in commercial beans, Irish potato growing and harvesting techniques via our demonstration farms and various training sessions, the yields of bean and Irish potato farmers we worked with in Busuuju sub-county of Mityana district multiplied over a period of three years and their incomes rose to 90% generally.
Knowing that empowering women can really bring about prosperity. Our campaign in the Mpigi District Kalagala village where we gave livestock to women, helped them access credit through Village Savings and Loans Associations, we also raised awareness of women's legal rights, led to increases in both women's abilities to generate income and savings, and their decision making powers.
More importantly, we're learning more and more about how we can help small agribusinesses to overcome some key market challenges and unlock exciting opportunities, bringing more markets to farmers.
It's not very hard. Our first annual progress report, which includes detailed case studies on various ventures, outlines how YSOU's investment in sustainable agricultural development is harvesting dividends for rural communities. That's proof that aid really works.
We at Youth Skilling Organization Uganda believe that eventually Uganda can evolve from aid, and this is the right kind of investment that can really unlock its true initiative. We are committed to projecting an image of Uganda that is positive, progressive, and has the capacity for transformational change and we hope that our new impact report goes some way to dispelling the myths of 'hanger and poverty being someone else's problem'.
With the right kind of support, attention to protection of the natural resources, and investment that can really reach out and touch people's lives for the better, we are confident that the UN's Sustainable Development Goals can be delivered in some of the most critical locations Uganda.
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Do you see empowering Youth as an essential part of lifting impoverished communities out of the cycle of poverty? It's one of our programs. pic.twitter.com/w6q2gpobGP— Youth Skilling Org. (@youthskillingug) June 16, 2018
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