FH Canada walks with a community for 10 years on their unique journey from stuck to thriving. Today, FH Canada walks with four communities in the region of Bukiende. Bukiende has only recently started partnering with FH, so there’s still a lot of progress to be made before their graduation in 2029.
Along the eastern border of Uganda, on a lush, tropical plateau, lie the communities of Bukiende, Mbale. The most striking topographical feature is Mount Elgon, with its magnificent craters, deep valleys, and misty ridges, which is visible throughout the area.
In spite of stunning vistas and abundant vegetation, Bukiende is home to the most marginalized communities in the Mbale district. Families struggle to access food, quality education, and healthcare. Additionally, there are limited opportunities for employment. Over 90 percent of households depend on small-scale farming, domestic livestock, and backyard gardening to feed their families and generate an income. Commonly grown crops include coffee, beans, matoke (a starchy indigenous banana), maize, and ground nuts. Agricultural production, however, is low. To compound these struggles, cycles of drought and floods are expected to increase.
Low household income, limited ability to recover from natural disasters, misunderstanding the value of girls and women, and weak governance and social accountability have the families of Bukiende truly stuck.
Food for the Hungry walks alongside communities and leaders in the beautiful Mbale region to help them overcome their challenges and establish sustainable thriving. Together, they annually create four primary goals to address their biggest obstacles. This year, their goals are:
Education: Improved literacy and numeracy levels in Bukiende
Health: Improved health and nutrition status among households in Bukiende
Livelihoods: Increased food security and income levels among households in Bukiende
Leadership Development: Community and church leaders equipped with knowledge on leadership and community transformation
Gender Equality: Reduce prevalence of harmful gender and cultural norms
WHERE RESOURCES GO
FH believes that communities know best where to focus their development efforts. Together with FH Uganda staff, local leaders conduct an annual audit to determine where time, energy, and resources will be allocated. As a result, this pie chart shifts every year to respond to the community’s greatest needs!
*Pie chart represents the breakdown of Child Focused Community Transformation (CFCT) programming for Fiscal Year 2023 and excludes standalone projects