Magazine article Anglican Journal

Education Restores Health and Reduces Poverty: 'My Child Would Not Have Died If Send a Cow Uganda Had Come Earlier'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Education Restores Health and Reduces Poverty: 'My Child Would Not Have Died If Send a Cow Uganda Had Come Earlier'

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RUTH and Vincent live in Mitwizi village as members of the Tukwatirewamu Orphan's group, whose 30 members all care for orphans. They have six children ranging from seven to 17, but there used to be seven.

"My children often fell sick and were ever anemic," says Ruth. "One fell sick so often she eventually died. When we joined Send a Cow Uganda (SACU), and started attending training--especially about feeding and hygiene--I realized that my daughter would not have died if I was applying what the project is teaching us today."

PWRDF recently gave SACU a grant of $21,000 to support an ongoing program in Rakai, which has the highest proportion of children under 18 who have been double orphaned, mostly from HIV and AIDS related causes.

Before joining SACU, Ruth and Vincent used traditional farming methods on their three acres of land. But their nutrition was very poor and the children were malnourished. Their income was very low because they had less produce to sell and their medical expenses were high.

With SACU, they learned to apply sustainable farming methods like mulching, contour digging and intercropping. …

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