Amigos Worldwide

Empowering Marginalised Youth in Uganda

40 promising youth are waiting to join our innovative training centre. All have grown up in poverty, many have been affected by war and HIV. They will receive vocational training, learn conservation farming and acquire holistic life skills, ensuring their lives will be a success in every sense.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1119450)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£11,750

Amount raised

£26,181

Donations

7

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • After a year at Kira I have increased my mother’s business profits seven-fold and now my siblings can go to school.

    — Geoffrey

  • I used my new construction skills to win a big contract and even hired other labourers. Without Kira I’d be in prison or dead.

    — Justin

  • Thanks to the conservation farming skills I acquired at Kira my family can eat 3 meals a day instead of 1.

    — Ruth

  • I used my new construction skills to win a big contract and even hired other labourers. Without Kira I’d be in prison or dead.

    — Justin

  • Thanks to the conservation farming skills I acquired at Kira my family can eat 3 meals a day instead of 1.

    — Ruth

  • After a year at Kira I have increased my mother’s business profits seven-fold and now my siblings can go to school.

    — Geoffrey

Situation

In northern Uganda war raged for almost three decades. Today 49% of the population is less than 15 years old and there are 2.5 million orphans. This broken generation faces few economic opportunities, 83% of 15-24 year olds are unemployed and 75% do not have the the opportunity to complete secondary school. Ninety per cent of the population live in rural areas and survive on subsistence farming and informal labour. Many do not have enough to eat and cannot afford basic essentials such as soap.

Solution

At Kira Farm young people learn conservation farming methods which increase crop yields up to four-fold - ensuring households have enough to eat. They acquire vocational skills in construction, tailoring, carpentry and hairdressing so they can set up small businesses and earn an income. They also receive business training and microfinance to provide them with the capital, or tools, to set up a sustainable business. 100% of Kira Farm's 2013 graduates have set up successful small businesses.