Is it the Rain?
In other parts of the world, people look out for weather forecasts, but in Bukedea, our farmers are the masters of the weather; they can tell whether the dry season is coming to an end or whether it is going to be persistent. As I walked from, I found Alupot (an elderly woman in my village) planting maize yet the sun was very hot. I asked her why she didn’t save the seeds and wait atleast until the rains start; to my shock she replied “my son I know better, the rains are upon us at anytime from now and while other people will be planting my maize will already have germinated”, and indeed the following day the dry wind had ceased replaced by a cool breeze and a heavy downpour afterwards. I was amazed. Little did I know that the same long awaited rainfall that later turned to a storm bringing joy to our farmers was also brining destruction. At ANA we had just erected a cooking shade but the heavy storm left it all flattened on the ground; our trees on one side of the shade acting as wind breakers fell and pieces flew meters away. Thanks to all our friends who have through good will contributed towards the re-construction of the cooking shade. For you have brought hope, where we had otherwise become hopeless and helpless, yalama noi…
At ANA through our Household Agricultural Support (HAS) program provide farmers with farm inputs. This planting season we have struggled and provided only to very few farmers some inputs. Most of our women have ploughed their lands and wait on us to give them seeds to plant but our hands are tied. Most families consumed everything they had because the dry spell extended beyond expectation. The granaries are empty. We have been able to give out cassava stems to farmers in Kamutur area after harvesting cassava from our project garden. Unfortunately all our women groups didn’t receive because the stems were not enough. You can change this; you can provide some amount of money that might change the situation of a whole household. A donation of only $50 can provide planting seeds for an acre of land that will feed a house hold for average 2 months after harvesting and roll on seeds to plant in the coming planting season. To this household you will have shared love and joy.
ANA at end of February 2013…
“How fast time runs!”
In the past 58 days of the year 2013, there have been a lot of activities at Apoolo Na Angor. Our staff has undergone induction training as well as other short trainings to enhance performance levels within the organization. We thank all facilitators and participants in these activities.
ANA as an organization is still handicapped to fulfill the needs of the community based women groups we are working with. Busying ourselves with food security and household health levels, the women are not at a level of self sustainability. Kitchen gardens are providing greens and some fruits for house hold diet supplements but the main staple foods are still hard to get. We do what we can with your support…
What would you do with a roofless multi-purpose hall? This is the situation we are currently faced with at ANA. Our hall is at roofing level with all timber already fixed but we are still lacking iron sheets. Our girls and women in the skills academy would be glad to work on their sewing machines under the shade but most still work on the veranda since the classroom is not enough for all of them. Support us with an iron sheet, iron sheet and iron sheets because it is becoming very hard to accomplish. In working together we’ll have a closed rooftop and bring smiles to many mothers in our skills academy hence changing lives for good.
Like reported earlier, seeing people in Bukedea live with just so little and being positive about life commands respect. Most use tools received from ANA to develop themselves to an independent and good life. Women sell their produce and products on the market and use the money to send their children to school, buy medicine and clothing. At ANA, we pride ourselves in building esteem of self reliance in these women and this is something a lot of people in the rest of the world can learn from.
Starting this time, support ANA, let us develop women together; developing women is developing a nation…..
Hello Friends, better late than never, I have been carried away with a lot of tasks that needed my attention, to the effect that I did not finish the work that I should have done, one among them of course was to send out the November news letter.
In this news letter, I’m re-echoing about the eco–tourism, we are sharing with you an opportunity that you can only get here in Bukedea. Through E-tourism, you will not only volunteer and work, but you will also travel along immersing your life in the unique life of the community.
This can include among the few highlights, taking boat ride in Lake Bisina, seeing the birds in Lake Kyoga in the town of Soroti while in Soroti one thing that you would not love to miss to hear the children in the school of the blind sing and dance, despite being blind.
Working and touring with ANA means you be humbled and touched by the heartfelt sincerity that the common people in the groups ANA works with, will welcome you and follow to see something that is very new in your life. The list of the things that you will go through is very vast and you will choose and follow what you desire to do so.
This can be, participate is choosing what to eat, one hundred mile diet, knowing where what you eat is coming from, fetching water, work around the community, take the boat ride, got the market, prepare the local beer and see all the process of making it, enjoy the traditional music, visit the night club and dance with Ugandans, go to church and see how Ugandans like to pray, visit the great Sipi falls and many more.
One final thing that you will have to do is either select from the well tailored products of ANA made by young girls, mothers and HIV/AIDS affected widows. These are unique gifts that you can bring back home for the family, your friends and many more who are dear to you. That way you will not only show them your lovely pictures, but also give them something in return.
Can you afford to miss this life changing experience, tell your friend, come as a team, a group and you will live to like it and wish to come back again. Ask our community tour guide to send you the plan in advance and see what you will go through while here!
We can not wait to welcome you! For more information visit www.apoolonaangor.com
Founder and Executive Director
Planning your year?
Find the joy of volunteering abroad...
By Moses Aisia
It is a time in a year when people are looking for what to do in the whole year. Where to spend what time and more. Apoolo Na Angor (ANA) is looking out for people who are keen to travel and do some work for the good of the community.
We are offering people an opportunity to volunteers abroad and also travel and get immersed to a new life, culture as they make themselves busy in all that they do.
It will be an opportunity to try out what you have never felt you could do, see what is around in the other part of the world and work a long side with many other people to create lasting impressions in people’s life.
Try out this opportunity to do something that is bigger than yourself and you can see and feel the impact of what you will do in the lives of other people in another community.
Do some work which is special in your life, try out to volunteer abroad, volunteer with ANA...
If you’re looking for just the Perfect Gift for a special person in your life, one with a unique and personal touch, you’ll want to view the products of ANA. These beautiful, colorful bags, dresses and other outfits are handcrafted by women at ANA Skills Development Centre, and can be purchased for all occasions and functions.
The Tailoring Project provides these women with an income and feelings of worth; empowering them to change and grow, and to support their families and their communities. Net proceeds from the project help to support the young women, children, and programs at ANA Skills Development Centre. Order your outfits today and give a beautiful gift with a lasting impact. Be sure to check out the new products and get in touch with us at ANA for yours, or share this email with your friends!
Our outfits are beautiful, colorful, and handcrafted. Order yours and help build joy and triumph in women’s life.
Dear friends, benefactors and well wishers of Apoolo Na Angor!
Thanks giving is around the corner for Americans. People are looking out for what to eat and gifts to bring to all those whom we love, food to eat and to that great fun of being together with the people whom you care for and feel about.
Likewise, people with Christian background are looking ahead to the time of Christmas when Jesus Christ; the King of Kings was born. It is time to share gifts of love, thanksgiving and gratitude for all the blessings received through-out the year. For sure there is reason to be thankful.
Here in ANA (Apoolo Na Angor), we have received our share of blessings this year and am very sure more are to come. We know it is very vital to share as we hear a singer once sand that “blessed is the hand that gives, than the one that takes!”
ANA has been working on many projects this year; one was on construction of a three classroom block and office which is nearing completion and we are thankful to BTC who donated €10,900 for this noble cause. However, we still need very urgently $1,000 to connect electricity and wiring the house otherwise we cannot be able to use it and yet we badly need to move to the building as we cannot pay rent any more for our current premises.
ANA has also for the whole year been selling the crafts to raise money towards the purchase of a motor bike for our Programs Coordinator so that we can reach all the 41 women groups whom we work with. To date we have paid 8,000,000 Uganda shillings towards the cost of the motor bike and we are short of 2,336,000 Uganda shillings (approx.$1,200) only to get the motor bike to Bukedea.
Friends and well wishers as we approach these very vital days in our lives of thanks giving and Christmas, if you are wondering what gift to give, where to give it and for what purpose to give it, kindly consider supporting ANA get a life time gift of electricity and transport that can be used to change the lives of many rural women here in Bukedea.
If you need information on how to get the donation to us, please get in touch with us and we will acknowledge receipt of the life time gift and also send to you the pictures of the motorbike that you have helped us get and also the building lighting and the women able to use their sewing machines.
Consider Apoolo Na Angor, and your name will stay in our hearts for a life time.
By: Moses Aisia
As winter draws near for you, we have just entered the hottest time of the year where the sun shines bright by 7.OO a.m. The wind blows gently bringing joy and happiness but at the same time it makes people see the importance of trees which provide cool shades and act as air conditioner.
This morning as I walked in the compound looking for some fresh air, I saw a little boy (John) who comes with his mum to the skills training centre. John is 5 months old. His mother (Joyce Alupo) is a woman living with HIV/AIDS. They all looked unhappy indicating something was not right. I thought to my self and later went ahead to where all other children were as their mothers learnt to sew on the machines. I realized John was looking helpless must be hungry and moved as a father, I went to the office and brought some cracks for the little ones and some bananas.
As I gave one girl (Angel) her two bananas, she walked out immediately to take the second banana to her brother. I wondered how this young kid reasoned about sharing with her brother who was also hungry, but it touched me. Then I recalled Mother Teresa saying that “the poor know how to share…………”
The mothers bring their children along with them since they may have no one to leave with them at home. I started seeing clearly that these women struggle a lot to ride on bad roads with the children tied on their backs.
An exciting thought came to my mind that we can now make the life of these women a little better because the skills they gain from ANA will earn them an income. I am so excited that we are looking ahead to do an adoption program where such children from these low income mothers can gain chance to go to school. They can find shelter, food and medical care especially provision of mosquito nets to fight malaria.
Thanks to all who make us go a long way to bring hope to these children and their helpless mothers, and grandmothers.
After planting the Tree of ANA, a good number of friends took up the work of watering and adding manure to it with a lot of commitment. Thank you so much for your good and dedicated work. HAVE YOU VISITED THE TREE OF ANA SINCE A WEEK AGO? HAS ANA BEEN IN YOUR THOUGHTS? DID YOU TELL A FRIEND ABOUT ANA? We would be able to do more jobs, help more people and reach many women with additional support. IT IS A MIRACLE, A MIRACLE OF GOD! It is growing more leaves and stronger branches daily to support the children. THIS IS THE POWER OF SHARING AND A DREAM COME TRUE!
Thank you friends for your great support which has made this dream come true in the lives of children who lack the basic necessities for a healthy growth. Thanks for your generous sharing with these children and their mothers here in Bukedea Eastern - Uganda.
We have well tailored and nicely designed tailoring products from our women (bags of all kinds, beads, purse, tops, and shirts). If you are thinking of buying a gift for any person, please purchase from us and know that what you give us by buying that product goes back to support our work among the women in Bukedea.
For and on behalf of Apoolo Na Angor.
We've updated our PHOTO GALLERY with photographs of our products. You can support the women by purchasing their products and change lives.
We've updated our PHOTO GALLERY with photographs of our products.
You can support the women by purchasing their products and change lives.
Sharing is painful!
Sharing can become heavy when it causes pain in our hearts but however much we keep it, we have to find a way of sharing it with those who care. I have been wondering how I could share this hard fact which became part of us for the last one week. Sharing pain with those who suffer makes us go a little further to question the reasons behind the pain and sufferings, it means we must not only stop at listening but move on to do small things with love to remove some causes of suffering due to injustices.
Today we are sharing the painful story of 5 year old Maria who was admitted last week in Health facility . Maria struggled with malaria, malnutrition and anaemia. The last time we visited her in her hospital bed she was more helpless. Two days later the mother who is physically challenged carried her helpless daughter away from the centre where she was less attended to and sitting on a motorbike (Boda Boda) they arrived at Apoolo Na Angor , again looking for help.
We rushed Maria and the mother to missionary Dispensary hospital with better management but unfortunately, she passed away in less than an hour.
I will not forget that sight which reminds me of the pain the Our Lady the sorrowful mother might have gone through as she held her beloved daughter in the arms, portrayed by the famous artist Michaelangelo.
The mother of Maria is heart broken and like any other mother losing a child, she is still desperately mourning her daughter . The mother looks more worried and can not tell what will follow . I ask you to remember this woman and her daughter in your prayers.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1 says there is appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. I think this is the time to value the sharing which will give hope for the children. It is not just to lose a child at 5 years to malaria and malnutrition, but there are so many children who do not reach even five years because of this preventable disease. Join us to do something to fight this injustices in the society by giving children a hope for a longer life. Give the injustices which reduces the life expectancy of children.
……this means, we must not stop at listening but move on to do small things with love to remove the causes of sufferings in the world. Give a chance to poor children to grow and live through the give a mosquito net and kick out malaria.
In the past I was keeping on well but right now, it is clear that we have failed to update you with all that we are doing, this is so just because of many things that we are trying to do. One great task that is taking a lot of our time is Fundraising, it has been very hard to get people give for our cause and we also understand that the situation right now is not good for every body and so we have had to find what could be the best option to take on .
However, despite that hard work am also very thrilled to report to you that we have been lucky to get two new partners that will support our work here in Bukedea ;
BTC - Belgium Technical Development Cooperation have funded us towards the construction of a three classroom block that will house our tailoring academy and way leading to our sustainability, watch out for details about our new home .
SLF- Stephen Lewis Foundation Canada has given us funding for one year towards the support of OVC. This funding has been very timely for us the building will save us from rate costs as we have been living a very hard life where we did not even know we could own our home but now we are grateful to BTC. While on the other hand, we express our gratitude to SLF for their support that has brought much relief to the caregivers of OVC activities in the community of whom many have been the rural peasant women .
Techno-serve is anew partner on board, their work will rotate around helping the women groups develop business skills, training in group dynamics and marketing mangoes.
Looking at the past eight years and what we have achieved so far am invigorated by the progress made towards realizing our vision and am sure that we are on the right track to getting there with you support .
ANA is also glad to welcome Stella Rose Apolot our Programme coordinator, a lady with zeal, experience and commitment to bring ANA to another level, she brings in 17 years of development work among the women. We wish her well. A couple of volunteers are also coming on board this summer and we shall bring you their updates.
Hello from Bukedea…
By Moses Aisia
Hello every body that has been checking out for our newsletter! I must say am very sorry that I was caught up in a list of events that could never allow me get this over to you.
We had power black outs for three to four weeks and we as an organization had no power standby to turn to.
However, I must say that a lot of things have happened in the time span that you did not hear form us through the newsletter, I can only highlight some of them to you so that you can know that despite what we don’t have and limited resource we can still do some great work with the little we have.
We held our first
graduation ceremony for the
Each graduate walked
back home with a sewing machine. These sewing machines were provided by our
dear partner from
As result of the quality training that we have provided to the pioneers of the Academy, there has been an influx to our new in take from 7 as the beginners, now we have 35 trainees undergoing our tailoring training and 11 of them will finish in December 2010 while the others will complete in June 2011 Watch our progress closely and join hands with us to improve and see what follows.
ANA is seeking an enthusiastic, spirit-filled full time, Program Coordinator who is passionate about sharing her/his skills with the less fortunate! Do your eyes light up when you think about planning curriculum, recruiting and coordinating volunteers for all levels and age groups?
Can you embrace preparing reports and maintaining records, even when you would rather be running a training?
Would you be dedicated to serving your clients throughout the week?
If you shouted "yes!" then you are the kind of person we are looking for. Just get in touch with us.
I promise to make up for the following months as I need to keep you informed of all that we are doing here in Bukedea.
February is always a month in Bukedea, where you will not help to think hard! Children have to return to school, food is very limited, drought is very evident in every thing around you as there is plenty of dust, cows are sick since they can not get enough water, milk is not much and as a result there is some malnutrition in the community. Every person you see is worried!!
As usual when the year is beginning, you expect to hear about Primary Leaving Examination results, last month these results were released and Bukedea district was the second last in the whole country. There are many reasons for this poor performance and to try to improve the performance takes a lot of commitment and hard work.
Consequently, we in Apoolo Na Angor are very worried, due to poor results many parents have opted to bring their daughters to our Skills Development Centre to be trained so that they can gain some non formal skills that can help them earn employment. We have got the donation of sewing machines from Tools For Self Reliance (TFSR); a charity based in
One father remarked “if you can not take her on now, know that you are sending her back to get married Moses! What will I do to keep her home busy now in this dry season? Coming to ANA means she could learn and also would be busy like these ones, please Moses….” I could feel and understand his words, but felt I had no way to make him feel that I surely would take on his daughter if our building was ready. There have been many girls who have come to our office and went home feeling helpless, it is hard to disappointment an already desperate heart and soul. As am writing this newsletter, sewing machines are making a lot of noise that we can never concentrate, but we only agree to work like that knowing the limitedness of our resources.
We are trying to complete the construction and it is all hard, hard and hard that by ourselves, we can not accomplish the task unless we gain the much needed support form people like you. We made more bricks and now we are still looking for money to get the cement, iron sheets, roofing timber, labour, and shuttering the building. Every penny that has come from selling the crafts has been going into the construction, which until now is not yet over though.
One goal now we are resolving to raise the much needed money is to ask people to help us sell our tailoring products after a church service, set up a market day within your community, where the people know that as they buy our products they are helping us to get the much needed money towards the completion of our building work. Let us know if you would like more information in setting up the market for our products, if you would like us to send you the products and or any other information. By the way just getting one of our products for yourself, you would have supported our work directly.
We need your help more than ever, help us to help keep our motto going in the community of Bukedea “touching hearts, changing people”
Hear from you soon!
Welcome to 2010, I have already seen the first beat of the year and the rest seems to fly soon.
As you know, the global recession has affected many
areas of business and the charitable sector has been no exception. When people
in the other parts of the world are worried about their jobs, contributing to a
charity working in
Nevertheless, despite difficulties with raising money for new projects work, I’m relieved that our tailoring project continues to be successful, and I’m pleased to report that TFRS – UK based charity signed an MOU with us and now support our women to gain skills, they provide us with sewing machines, they are paying for the two instructors, rent for our space to train the women from for the next six months, hoping that from the sale of the crafts, we can raise more money to support this project, their support is only for one year. We only pray that they will consider working with us for more time.
Our nicely done African patterns have gained access to more markets and for this we thank you our partners, who have worked hard to sell for us and without you, we would go no where.
The year is very young and we must move on, a lot has to be done and I must ask you, will you continue to move on with us? We need you more than ever.
Keep your eyes wide to read more from us and ears large to hear more updates then.
Thanking you our dearest Friends,
December 2009, Moses Aisia, Bukedea Uganda
I very much realized that you had a lot of time in which we shared in the good times when the glass was full, half full and time when it was half empty. When I took time to reflect, I discovered that you personally impacted in my life, on the work that I do and all those around me in a unique way. We spoke many times that our voices were very high, loud, tempers flared and cooled. We exchanged so many emails, and either also talked on phone for couple of minutes, which helped us to get the point across nicely, we either agreed or agreed to disagree! But what was very vital in all this was, we kept close and life went on, bringing in many new things that either each of us was happy or unhappy about, well aware, we are human that was normal. That is why God created each of us different from each other! So that some where some how we each complement each other.
You are someone who loves, who can be loved and who should be loved. You have helped keep me alive and motivated, by sending this message to you, it means that you contributed in one way or another to the advancement of many things that have happened in my life personally, in my work and the whole environment that I live in. You may not know how this came about, but that is the fact that has happened and I am grateful for your thoughtfulness, kindness, solidarity, and prayerfulness.
Don’t let The Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship die! To All our Friends and Everyone we Love; May God richly bless you as you keep this candle burning? We received this love and work to give it out to others who need it daily so that their lives too can be made complete. May therefore this Christmas be a time of thanks giving for all the many extra ordinary blessings, as Jesus born can open our hearts to love ,sincere sharing keep us together.
Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow…
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead…
Just walk beside me and be my Friend…
People will forget what you said…
People will forget what you did…
But people will never forget how you made them feel.
And when the New Year starts........
Walking the talk….
October 2009, Moses Aisia
This time around we are in the last quarter of the year 2009, meaning we are trying to get all that was to be done as per the plan, its not easy but we are trying with your additional support, look ahead to reading our Annual Report!
The ability of Apoolo Na Angor to walk the talk has been very hard and we cannot tell how far we have walked the talk of what we set out to do. We have also attempted to live the talk and have some tangible results, although not all is what we can see here today, we still have to dive deep to realize the set out goals.
Talking and thinking must quickly be followed by action, lest times change and we see the middle of the year without much to show.
Many times, we share with those close to us what we desire to accomplish and what we need most is that encouragement, that despite what we had planned to do, we have done something, and there is still time to reach what is ultimate. Looking at what we planned to do, we have done something, but not all.
What could have been the cause for the failure of reaching the target is clear that economic crisis brought us more pain, we depended on well wishers but when the situation changed, we suffered the most! So if some one needs to find out about the implications of the economic crisis we have gotten our own stories to tell both good and bad, ask us then…..
However, we are still in that state of being ready to face what is ahead of us with clear heads up straight with dedication, hard work and optimism, you are our very much needed people to help us walk the talk, walk with us, talk with us, we need to get through this remaining task, one of them which is very pressing is that we talked to move to our own property by December 2009, surely we have walked the talk, but what is left is that we need to finish the building which is half way, we are short with only Euro 4000 to get the goal reached.
I was contemplating, if we could only have 1000 friends and each of them walking the talk, each of the friends would ask his/her friends to only give us one Euro daily that means we would get Euro 1000 daily and by the end of the two weeks we could have reached the gaol, and be able to move to our site, and for sure those of you who have never been to Bukedea, it would be very joyful to come and witness us move to our own home, where we call home and that could be one vital thing to do in life, you would only need about 500 Euro to get to Bukedea, try and you will feel it is an experience that you can not afford to miss and it will be an un forgettable experience to miss.
Will you help us walk the talk?
Greetings from Bukedea
This month, I will not write a publication, but will publish this report, that one Dutch volunteer made about her work within Apoolo Na Angor and what she feels in all about Uganda. I will get back to you soon with more updates and changes that we are making each day.
fter a short time of preparation with email and telephone contact with Moses Aisia, Founder and Executive Director, my adventure in Bukedea started on the 18th of July 2009. I came to Bukedea together with my father. He stayed with me for a week to see the project and see where I was going to spend the next one and a half months of my life. We were warmly welcomed by the Aisia’s family and the ANA organisation team. Moses put a lot of effort into making us feel at home and show us as much as he could of ANA, Bukedea and the surroundings. We had an unforgettable week together.
After my father had left I started working on the Microfinance project. There are currently four groups receiving micro-loans. I learned about how loaning just little money can help people a lot. The currently handwritten system however, needed some changes and computerisation. ANA was really open to the changes me and my father suggested which made me feel to be taken seriously. I worked on the project together with my new colleagues Anastacia and Ibrahim. They were both really willing to learn and helped me making decisions on the interest rates and so on. I enjoyed giving the trainings to the groups to inform them about the upcoming changes with them. It was hard for me to give training in English, knowing the members of the groups did not understand me and just trusting the fact that Anastacia and Ibrahim translated my words rightly so that the members understood. But checking the reactions of the members I think Anastacia and Ibrahim did a great job. The groups were enthusiastic about the changes and it made me feel I gave a meaning to my work.
One of the beautiful future plans ANA has, is starting a guesthouse with an attached restaurant and a catering department to serve bigger groups of people with food at location or on the ANA site. In the next weeks I worked on a manual providing information about how to run this hospitality project. I enjoyed working on the plan as it is my field of study (Hospitality Management). The challenge I faced here was that I developed a manual for future use, not knowing how the exact restaurant/catering department and guesthouse are really going to look like and when it will be realised. While doing voluntary work you like to see the result of what you did, which is not the fact for this manual. The effort I put in will only be used whenever the new site is there. So I hope to come back one day and see the hospitality part of the organisation up and running. It is very imperative to note that ANA already has a site and construction has started, but much more is needed to get the buildings completed and seeing them operational.
alking about challenges, I think the biggest challenge for me personally was trying to make the African experience part of me and putting as much effort as possible in sharing my ideas and experiences with the people here. What I can say is that this 1.5 month was of the most unforgettable and interesting experiences I ever had.
The best experience I had during this one and a half month was being part of ANA and being a citizen of Bukedea. By living in a host family in the village instead I experienced the real African life. Although “Muzungu”, which means white person, was being shouted at me all the time, I felt like becoming an African. I learned a lot of all the conversations I had with Moses and all ANA staff. I advise every next volunteer to at least live in a host family for one month to start with and have this wonderful experience, and to all the others thinking to find a volunteer assignment, coming to ANA is a good thing to try, you will pay money for the trip, but what you will see, learn and do will be life changing experience for you.
Seeing the people in Bukedea live with just that little they have and being so positive made me have so much respect for them. All of them use the tools they received from ANA in a way you can see they develop themselves to an independent and good life as much as possible. The women sell their products on the market and use the money to make their children go to school, buy clothes, medicine or whatever is needed. That these people are so grateful with what they have is something a lot of people in the rest of the world can learn from.
And even if you will not come to volunteer in the project, it is worth visiting as well as the whole beautiful country
Again via this way, I want to thank everybody within ANA for this unforgettable experience and wish them all the best to reach their goals in the future!
I will miss you there!
Hopeless is a determent to development, when there is no hope the situation is hopeless. Leading people in good times is very easy and very easy, the community tend to do what they are asked of, they find even more joy for doing the kind of things they are asked to and that makes them to work on and never dream of falling back.
I have realized that leading people when the situation is tough makes life more hard and the leadership skills of the leader can truly be tested. During these months, when the community of people in Bukedea we are working with are not only suffering with the hunger, drought, living the life of no hope, I have found my self settling down and saying what then can I do ?
When we ask that the community go to attend a meeting, training and many more, each person asks; Can Apoolo Na Angor right now focus its efforts to help us solve the immediate problem of hunger? or get us more seeds to plant so that we are able to be hopeful may be that the second planting may help us to get out of the problems .
These questions have always moved with me in the mind and that is why in this months issue am only wondering, how can my leadership in this time, when am with many set backs, be able to be a source of hope, first to the people we are working with in ANA team and then to the community, who have been looking at us as there source of hope? what will ANA as an organization do?
In Apoolo Na Angor, we have not been showing how scared we are in relation to hunger issue, worried or anxious about the future, but today , our grief as we see the people we are supposed to be working with lose the hope then the only thing we are looking at is what then will we do in this situation of need and yet we must help show people what they must do and see life as having another chance or opportunity to see hat else they can do.
Looking at ANA as an organization, we will not be able to bring hope, or any satisfaction to the community without the support and encouragement that we have always got from you, we need your support more than ever and it is at this moment we need you more than ever !
Suggesting to us what we can do, how we can do it and any materials support to the inflicted community will add us more hope and make our work more relevant to the community.
Will you act now than ever?
Greetings from Bukedea!
Let me first apologize for the delay in this newsletter being published but one of the major constraints facing organizations in
In this Months Issue, we want to discuss eco-tourism and the role it plays within Apoolo Na Angor.
In the past Aid organizations pumped money into NGO’s and other similar organizations without providing much needed follow-up plans. The result was that corruption became the norm and instead of Aid reaching the people who really needed it, it disappeared into the pockets of NGO Directors.
In response to this many people stopped donating money and looked for another, more active way to get involved. NGO’s and other Aid organizations have acted quickly to meet this need and now it is very easy to take part in what it is called ‘Eco-tourism’. Whether it be visiting an organization for a number of weeks to take part on a short term project, completing a few months at a work camp or volunteering for a longer period of time all are now possible and more and more people are selecting this method of helping. This makes you see the face of what you are donating; it could be your time, skills and money. During this time you face and see what the Aid you provide is doing and how the organization can very much benefit from your time and skills!
Over the past few years ANA has been lucky enough to engage very many volunteers and looks forward to engaging more in the years to come. We believe it is very important that each volunteer who donates his time to helping our cause should be able to trace his/her ‘footprints’. By ‘footprints’ we mean that after the departure of the volunteer it should be clear what his/her contribution was and what role it played for the period of time they were here. In a best case scenario these ‘footprints’ should continue to appear even after the volunteer has left as we strive to make all our projects sustainable meaning all contributions should have an after effect. This done will allow you time to come and see what we are doing after some time and also connect with the people whose lives you touched and changed while volunteering. What along and life time commitment some one can give to the human race!
This also gives us an opportunity to work in solidarity with each other making us aware that we are in a global village, and the decisions, polices that we make will always have an impact in the greater length of the lives of people around us.
We look ahead to hearing from those who desire to commit their skills, life, and time to create long lasting prints in the lives of people in Bukedea!!
June Edition 2009
Greetings from Bukedea!
he Motto for this month’s newsletter comes from Moses Aisia, and reflects what he has been and still follows himself and is ‘Doing what you can with what you have’. This Motto describes accurately what all small development organisations have to go through in order to have any kind of success and is applicable to all areas of Apoolo Na Angor.
n the tailoring workshop the students are forced to practice on old cement bags which, although allowing students to get a rough idea of how it is to sow materials together, can not act as a permanent substitute for cloth but without the necessary support this will have to do for now.
Due to 90% of all attending students having children, although nearly all of them are under the age of 22, it is not possible for them to study full-time. In order for these young mothers to still have a chance of learning a trade we offer modular courses spanning 3 months and being ‘tailored’ to their needs or wishes. This means that students only learn techniques that they have selected and know they will be able to use immediately upon returning to their communities.
The tailoring workshop is also responsible for the production of necklaces made of paper beads which are very popular among tourists and are another example of turning waste products into something desirable. We are consistently on the look out for people to sell our clothes and jewellery internationally so if you think you know of a possibility then please do not hesitate to contact us.
ne part of the beekeeping project was to develop a method of producing low cost protective gear for the farmers as conventional clothing is not enough and professional equipment is very expensive. After much research and discussion we are currently attempting to produce clothing made from old rice sacks. Although the plastic sacks are not thick enough on their own they will provide much needed protection when put over gum boots. For the rest of the body we will be using rice sacks with an additional layer of plastic which we hope will protect sufficiently from the bees and of course we will be testing the equipment ourselves before distributing it (even if I personally am terrified).
he rice sacks also have another use by ANA and act as a replacement for PowerPoint presentations which would only be possible with a projector. Although very simple they seem to impress most visitors.
Due to a lack of computers we are forced to use a rotation system whereby all work is categorised into different levels of urgency and accordingly worked upon. This greatly slows the organisation as a whole making progress a very slow process indeed.
he tree nursery has also got its problems but with a very able assistant we somehow overcome them even if only temporarily. We are in desperate need of a sheltered area as the mangos can only be grafted in complete shade and require about 1 month to get over the shock and unfortunately time is pressing as the mangos are almost becoming too big to graft. We were also forced to create a temporary mini-shelter to house the trees that have already germinated but due to the success we’re having it is becoming increasingly crowded and we will probably have to build a second shelter.
So as you can see the Motto rings true but with each new challenge there are new openings and we look forward to informing you of them in the coming months! Keep watch and get back to us in case you need any more details .
Matthew ‘Opolot’ Cooper
Greetings from Bukedea and welcome to our first Newsletter!
We hope now with the help of our newly arrived volunteers to distribute a monthly newsletter to all those who are interested in following ANA’s progress.
The arrival of two Solivol volunteers (one of them being me) was also the starting point of two new projects which will be described a bit later. Both volunteers are planning to stay for at least 12 months and may extend for up to 24 months depending on how overworked they are by the end of the first year.
he first of our two new projects is the tree nursery which I’m personally responsible for and will be managing throughout the coming year. I also have an invaluable assistant called Peter “Sidi” Odong who will hopefully be taking over the project upon my departure. Although we only started some weeks ago it is already apparent that his knowledge of the local flora and fauna will be an irreplaceable source of information and I feel very confident about the projects future. The only real problem facing us is that we have no direct access to water which means transporting water canisters weighing 20kg each up a very bumpy, 2km long, dirt track on the back of flimsy Indian bicycles. There are various different solutions to the problem the most favorable being a borehole at the site but this is also the most expensive option (estimated cost: $5000). The other possibility would be an underground water storage system which would catch rain water but this would also require funding which just isn’t there the moment (estimated cost: $3000). On a positive note the first of our seeds are starting to germinate consisting of Cassia, Papaya, Flamboyant, Jack fruit and Kapok. We are also getting ready to graft our native mangos with exotic ones so they can be sold or distributed freely to our members in the coming weeks.
My Colleague, Helge ‘Ocom’ Meischner will now explain a bit about his project:
he great task I am facing is to set up a training centre for beekeeping with all aspects ranging from fencing the area of the beehives to looking for appropriate staff or simply being stung by our flying honey suppliers. Acquiring knowledge about local beekeeping traditions and the demand of rural farmers as well as trying to pick up the local language Ateso were some of my activities this month. Fortunately I was able to collect experience in the field of beekeeping in
So as you can see its all go at ANA and although we could write a great deal more I think that’s enough for the first edition of our newsletter. We thank you for reading and if you have any tips on how we can improve our newsletter or if there are any topics you would like to see included please get in contact with us as we would be happy to receive your feedback.
So that leaves me only to say: “Anyunos Bobo” (Until next time in Ateso)