Kyabakuza Support The Elderly Persons

Areas of work

Supporting the vulnerable elderly in Masaka by offering:

  • Emergency Sickness Financial Support
  • Companionship
  • Income Generation

Previous Uganda Marathon runners who supported STEP with a piggery project that is now thriving

In Uganda, there is no state system that supports elderly people and culturally it has been the responsibility of the younger generation to support the elders in their family. However, with western influence increasing in Uganda, many young people now move to the city for work and are far less engaged with the older generation. In fact, often the reverse happens where the younger generation leaves their offspring with their Jaja’s (grannies) as they move away to find work. This puts a huge strain on the elderly who are left with more care responsibilities or are isolated and find themselves relying on the goodwill of their community, which fluctuates at best.

Kyabakuza STEP is an association that brings the elderly together, creating a community spirit that enables them to support one another. Previously, Uganda Marathon Runners have supported this organisation by kickstarting a pig farm, which is run by the elderly associations, generating income that they use as emergency funds for sickness and the education of grandchildren. This pig farm turns over a nice profit and has enabled them to save $441 for the members.

This is where you come in…

2019 Goals for Kyabakuza Support The Elderly Person

  1. The association to earn $113 a month in 2019
  2. To support 80 elderly members over the age of 60 years gain access to emergency money throughout 2019

How you’ll help us achieve the goals

Much of the success of this project has come from their clever feeding program, which sees the group buy maize bran in bulk, mill it and sell the flour to schools, whilst the husks are the perfect feed for their pigs – they turn a profit and feed their pigs for free at the same time!

We now have the opportunity to boost this maize bran program by further upgrading the group’s pig sty and buying 10 tons of maize bran in bulk, which the elderly group can turn into $1,385 profit plus all the food they need to feed their 18 pigs. With this project, we expect that the organisation will be able to offer ongoing support to all 80 of its members.

By fundraising for this project, you can support 80 elderly gain access to a vital sustainable emergency pot. Enabling them to get through tough times as they stick together as an elderly community and become self-reliant.

Your Legacy Day During the Uganda Marathon Week

Distance to project: 15 minutes

This will be a fun physical day carrying out some much-needed repairs on one of the STEP pigsties. Kyabakuza STEP has plans to develop this pigsty, but it is now some years old and needs basic repairs due to rotting timber and a damaged floor. You’ll be working with local experts and the elderly beneficiaries to carry out the repairs and, once completed, you’ll then develop and create a keyhole garden that will be used to supply extra greens for the association.

You will get the chance to kickstart the project that you are funding and get to know the elderly beneficiaries who will tell you about their lives and how your fundraising is going to make a real impact.

Legacy day activities are subject to change at any time, this is not a final plan.

With all members over the age of 60 years, they have an incredible shared history and life experiences that have seen Uganda take on many forms. And now they need your support so why not fundraise and help this forgotten generation.

Two of the elders supported by the Kyabakuza STEP Association

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