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YFC Gets Growing in Uganda

10 October 2011

UGANDA - A group of seven Young Farmers' Club members from across the UK have recently returned from a trip to Uganda.

The group, including TheCattleSite Editor Charlotte Johnston spent two weeks living and working in the Kamuzinda Children’s Village, which is part of the Molly and Paul Foundation.

Within the village there are three schools for orphaned and vulnerable children – a primary, secondary and farm school.

TheCattleSite Editor Charlotte Johnston right, volunteering with children in Uganda.

Naturally, as Young Farmers, the large majority of their work was focussed on, but not limited to, the farm school. And despite the short time they were there, they were able to make a big difference to their food production objectives.

The group undertook a variety of projects during their two weeks including, fencing off land to prevent crop damage from wild animals and ‘community grazers’, hiring a tractor to plough 13 acres (with only two tractors in the whole district – about 6,400km2 – this was a major coup for them and would otherwise have been dug-over using hoes), planting maize seeds, purchasing a range of tools to help productivity and allow students greater opportunities to learn about agriculture and also painting a classroom, to create a more positive learning environment for the students.

Young Farmers Club members working in the Kamuzinda Children’s Village.

This work also allowed them to learn how they do things and suggest new ideas.

All seven members have taken away very fond memories of the trip and are grateful for the opportunity to experience a foreign culture whilst helping towards attaining self-sufficiency at the school.

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