Kacheri sub-County, Kotido Division, Karamoja County, Northeastern Uganda
Karamoja County is one of the poorest and least developed regions of Uganda. The Karamojong people that inhabit the region live off a land that is susceptible to an increasingly harsh climate. Moreover, the Karamojong are one of the most politically and economically marginalized groups within Uganda. They have scarce access to arable land, water and pasture in addition to basic services such as health and education. Currently, they suffer from increased insecurity, perennial conflict in Northeastern Uganda, poverty, environmental degradation, and natural disasters.
The Kacheri sub-county has a projected population of 21,295 people spread among 22 villages in three smaller parishes. While in three years, the TOGETHER Program has worked in 14 of the 22 villages in the Kacheri sub-county, there is still room for growth and added impact.
TOGETHER is at its core a coalition of four nonprofit organizations: CWS, St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc., MAP International and ECHO. The coalition was created in 2011 to assist the communities of Northeastern Uganda.
TOGETHER aims to ensure that the Karamojong communities develop resilience to cope with their environment and improve health and development outcomes for the people of the Karamoja region.
This year, TOGETHER equipped 14 adult groups and 30 youth groups with tool kits for business and agricultural training. The Program established 14 functional adult literacy classes with 420 learners, and created education advocacy committees, and supplied schools with sporting facilities to encourage children to stay in school.
Working with communities, the program rehabilitated nine boreholes, providing water to 2,651 local residents and trained 900 community members on community sanitation methods.
TOGETHER also procured essential medicines for three local health centers, helping them to continue service while waiting for updated supplies. The program started nine student clubs in three schools, focusing on agriculture, education advocacy, and peace initiatives, contributing to increased student involvement, capacity and school enrollment. The program also established two training centers, helping 44 youth increase their economic and professional opportunities.