Build safe shelters for at-risk families in Uganda

Funding required: $50,640

This project will help: 41 people from 8 families

Estimated completion date: August 2021

Country: Uganda

Executive summary

During the heavy spring rains in 2020 in the hilly region of Kabale, Uganda, many homes were destroyed, and families were left stranded. Kabale is a densely populated area where people live on tiny slivers of land on steep slopes. Peasant farming is their main source of income—but with limited space for planting crops, the land is overworked and prone to soil erosion during the rainy season.

Three families in Kamuronko, three families in Rubaya and two families in Kizinga were most affected by the devastating landslides. Some of these families are living with neighbours or relatives, while the local churches are paying for other families to live in rented accommodation. But living with neighbours or relatives in already cramped quarters is not a long-term solution for each child’s safe, healthy and stable development. Church partners have noticed the poor living conditions of many Compassion-registered children and are concerned about the rates of illness, lack of sleep and effects on their schooling. Moving from place to place also leaves children in constant limbo and vulnerable to abuse. Some of the younger children have been showing low self-esteem and questioning whether God really loves and cares for them.

With your support, three church partners hope to build secure shelters for eight families most affected by the storms. They have secured plots of land to provide solid foundations for the eight houses, along with enough space for pit latrines and outdoor kitchens to allow for good hygiene and proper nutrition. By providing eight families—a total of 41 children and caregivers—with quality shelters, parents will be able to focus on the economic advancement of their families, and children will feel safe and secure, knowing God cares for them.

Did you know?

Kabale, Uganda—which means “small stone” in the local language of Rukiga—experiences its rainy season in April, May and September. In spring of 2020, the region received nearly three times its normal rainfall, causing devastating erosion and landslides.

Summary

Background

According to a Kabale community agricultural officer, the rains were more intense than usual in May 2020, with more than 4 inches of rain some days instead of the typical 1.5 inches. The small, rural structures constructed by impoverished families were no match for the powerful natural disaster. Rushing water, massive stones and landslides ravaged everything in their path, including homes, roads, gardens, crops and animal shelters.

According to a Kabale community agricultural officer, the rains were more intense than usual in May 2020, with more than 4 inches of rain some days instead of the typical 1.5 inches. The small, rural structures constructed by impoverished families were no match for the powerful natural disaster. Rushing water, massive stones and landslides ravaged everything in their path, including homes, roads, gardens, crops and animal shelters.

The need

Compassion Uganda is committed to ensuring that these 41 children and caregivers are not left homeless and vulnerable by this natural disaster, but are shown God’s great love and provision through the critical intervention of safe shelters.

Your investment will allow three local church partners in Uganda to launch the construction of houses for eight families who were displaced by the heavy spring rains that destroyed their houses and livelihoods. The homes will include pit latrines, bathrooms and outside kitchen structures. With your help, they can get back on their feet financially and thrive as they rebuild their lives.

What your gift will do

After purchasing the land to build the quality shelters for eight families, your gift will provide the following:

  • Securing qualified contractors and site supervisors
  • Purchasing building materials, including:
    • Aggregates, sand, concrete and cement
    • Poles, nails, iron bars, iron sheets, scaffolding and beams
    • Timber and bricks
    • Shutters, windows, doors, bolts, hinges and locks
    • Paint and finishings
  • Labour for construction, roofing, masonry, finishing and painting
  • Transportation of materials

Logistics

  • Local contribution: US$4,930.84 and manual labour
  • Handling of funds: Compassion Uganda will closely monitor this project to ensure the intervention stays within budget, while the churches will hire the contractors.
  • Follow-up: Compassion centre staff and church leaders will gather with the families to dedicate each home to the Lord, acknowledging God’s provision and encouraging the beneficiaries to demonstrate that same love of God to those around them. Compassion staff will educate caregivers on how to keep their new homes clean and safe for their children.
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