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Uganda

A WELCOMING AND JOB TRAINING CENTER FOR THE REFUGEES AND DISPLACED

OFFERING A HOLISTIC RESETTLEMENT INTEGRATION PROGRAM, COMBATING EXTREME POVERTY AND OFFERING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM.

UGANDA - MASAKA

NOT A DESTINATION BUT A STARING POINT WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT

PURPOSE

  • A center for peaceful integration, mutual understanding and support to the displaced and refugees.
  • A center with particular focus to the most vulnerable: women, teenagers and children.
  • A place to receive the poorest of the poor with dignity and respect.
  • A temporary starting point, not a “destination”, where they can call “home” on their resettling journey, where assistance for resettlement is given
  • A place that offers short and mid-term accommodation, general health care, job training, job search and holistic support
  • Aimed particularly, but not exclusively, at the displaced and refugees, a more than 660,000 already present in Uganda, those fleeing persecution, others from East and West Africa, the homeless and those searching for genuine support on their journey to settle.

MASAKA-  CENTER FOR PEACE

Worldwide, presently, about 59 million refugees and displaced. Uganda has 660,000 refugees, of which 5,500 are in the Masaka - Sango Bay refugee camp 74km from Masaka town, in the south-west of Uganda, this is the biggest refugee camp in the country, most of them coming from Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan a northern Tanzania. There are up to 5,000 refugees from war torn neighboring countries and others, whose great grandparents migrated in the 1960s to Tanzania but were expelled in a two weeks’ ultimatum from Tanzania. These people have nothing they call their own apart from clothes and for their children. Distinctly they are seen wearing same, hardly ever washed clothes. They live in the worst human conditions They are provided with 3kg of maize flour for a family for a month. Diseases of all kinds from HIV to malaria and diarrhea are so rampart.

Caritas in Veritate International in Uganda, has a large faith-based network that help facilitating resettlement and meeting charitable needs of the displaced

THE POPE FRANCIS CENTER FOR PEACE

  • The Pope Francis Center for Peace is not a “destination” but a temporary, starting point on the displaced resettling journey.
  • It is a place where they are “received” with dignity, ministered to and helped in a holistic manner.
  • A hub for support, job training and integration of the displaced.
  • A center that houses the displaced and coordinates accommodation, school, job creating, and also offers short and midterm accommodation to the poorest of the poor.
  • A center that supports the CEA aquaponics and Nano-Ag programs that combat extreme poverty.
  • A place where children will be given priority to be educated and adults be prepared for employment.
  • It will be located near businesses that provide goods, services and employment opportunities primary related to farming.
  • It is anticipated that a number family, the poorest of all, may live at Center for about one year. Some may stay longer, until they are able to resettle into permanent living situations.
  • CiVI and its partners will help the refugees who wish to settle in the area with permanent accommodation, education for children and job creating through micro financed programs and the agricultural systems in place.
  • It is expected that the refugee crisis will last several years and that demand for such support centers, social assistance and housing will remain high, thus offering holistic resettlement programs is of benefit to all parties.
  • The center will house and will offer the displaced opportunity to work at the aquaponics industry and serve at the “Caritas in Veritate- Food Bank.
  • The Center for Peace works with its’ affiliates member organization, with other local nonprofits and governmental agencies to assist in training and offering to residents and others, offering courses rooted in the local community and extensive contacts with local employers, assists in   job search assistance and resettlement programs.
  • As much as possible, refugee families are assigned to a hosting, local family for support and mentorship.
  • The center facilitates cultural integration, offers services that includes counseling, medical and health assistance, dental, and trauma assistance.
  • The Center is supported by Caritas in Veritate Int. unique infrastructure of a partnership with 35 other established international organizations and church movements, 800 leaders and more than 154,000 volunteers currently serving the poorest of the poor, and local partnering organizations communities others abroad.

SOIL REGENERATION PROGRAM (CEA) AND AQUAPONICS

Refugees, will be trained and employed in the soil regeneration program, referred to as CEA. As a part of our global agriculture solutions that emphasize Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), soil regeneration, aquaponics, and water management, ESI and partner Caritas in Veritate along with Just Hope, have combined resources with Denver-based Environmental Care and Share, Inc. (EC&S). On November 20, 2015, ESI and EC&S formed a strategic alliance to integrate EC&S services and products into agricultural, sanitation, and water management projects, beginning in 2016 with pilot projects benefitting 13 communities in the Chacraseca District of Nicaragua with the intention of taking this solution to other global regions as identified by ESI and CIVI. At the center of most of these solution sets will be The Nano-Ag Answer®: A revolutionary ORGANIC fertilizer. Developed by Dr. Bill Jackson, founder and owner of EC&S, The Nano-Ag Answer® is one of the most effective and least expensive fertilizers on the market.  It also happens to be organic (OMRI Listed).  Nano-Ag provides all the same benefits of conventional fertilizers, but also offers MUCH MORE, because it allows plants and soil to be fed the way nature intended.

The Nano-Ag Answer® is an NPK fertilizer that is a proprietary blend of 3 components: (1) BILLIONS of microorganisms, (2) Sea kelp, and (3) Mineral electrolytes. When mixed & activated with water, these microbes wake up and reproduce. In just 48 hours you have a “boom population” - BILLIONS of soil builders ready to get to work in the field.  Farmers consistently see healthier crops, significant yield increases, a 20-50% reduction in watering, and a reduction in predatory pests.  Many farmers even stop using insecticides altogether.  Pests are attracted to plants under stress. These organic fertilizers reduce stress, creating more tilth in the soil and more efficient nutrient uptake - this means less watering all around.

AQUAPONICS AND WATER MANAGEMENT

EMPLOYMENT AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM

  • Nano-Ag Answer® is made up of billions of beneficial microorganisms that live off of the imbalances in ecosystems, bringing everything back into balance. The product contains 3 components that work together to create growth and balance, introducing BILLIONS of microbes, each with a special job in the soil’s “fertilizer factory.”  These microbes’ breakdown any carbon source they can find, combine it with other elements (included in a proprietary solution) as their food and release even more complex nutrients as their waste. With help from these mycorrhizal fungi, crops uptake the nutrients and eventually contribute more organic matter for the cycle. 
  • At around $4/acre per application, The Nano-Ag Answer® is compatible with other fertilizers and amendments, but for most users, it reduces or even eliminates the need for additional inputs like chemicals and pesticides. The Nano-Ag Answer® comes as a dry powder.
  • This approach will create job training, employment and improve farming.

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS IN AGRICULTURE

  • The Goal: Esperanza Strategies, Just Hope, and Caritas in Veritate partnerships between them and Science/technology innovators and impoverished local communities to focus on delivering sustainable solutions in agriculture, water and energy to immediately counter poverty and the devastating effects of climate change in developing regions globally. The partners will implement Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) systems for crop diversification to assure consistent harvests using renewable water and energy systems, while promoting faith-based stewardship supported by peace policy initiatives involving the local and international community.
  • The Pilot Programs: Uganda, the partners will raise the necessary funds to introduce sustainable agriculture practices that require bolstering the resilience of land systems to unanticipated changes, providing the rural poor with access to consistent crop production. The proposed program meets both of these objectives by introducing practices and technologies to restore the soil’s productive capacities while also implementing Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) systems for crop diversification and assurance of consistent harvests.
  • The partnership will bring sustainable agriculture, water and energy solutions to the 13 rural villages of Masaka via a multi-phase, multi-year program.  The following chart is a synopsis of the pilot and scale-up programs.  Land will be purchased and put into trust to demonstrate and educate the communities.

BUDGET FOR MASAKA PROJECT

Uganda: Masaka Project

Phase one

Total cost: 200 apartments: revitalization of soil, aquaponics, green houses and training of local: US $7.5 million

Housing: land acquisition and 200 apartments, 2 to 3 bedrooms.  $2.3 Million

CEA and Nano –Ag for 7 sites: $3M;

Aqua phonics Programs 3-4: $1M: 

Endow training, education, revisions: $1.2 M;

Phase two: repeat of phase one: with 300 apartments: CEA and Nano-Ag, and aquaponics for

Another 10 sites.: US$ 10.2 million

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  • Upon completion of these two programs, it is expected that the counties and communities comprising the region will benefit nearly all of their 296,000 inhabitants.  The families whose farmlands received the benefit of revitalization will once again generate livelihoods from their traditional crops—thus the existing “way-of-life” will be stabilized.  For those who work in the CEA facilities, their lives, and the lives of their families will be improved from the income they earn—thus allowing them to provide for their needs and avoid being trapped in extreme poverty.  For the entire population of this region, the CEA –generated food supply will provide improvements in both the quantity and quality of their food choices, providing for better overall nutrition.
  • The refugees will be integrated, trained and given tools and assistance to earn their living and continue their journey on resettlement.

Impact: Unique integral approach reaching to more than 296,000 individuals annually.

Annually: Transforming permanently the lives, of about 5,000 residents, through mid-term housing and resettlement program and through its open facilities services 660,000 displaced.

Services include integration assistance, support to women, health care, job training, job search, work placements, and formation. Particular emphasis and assistance is given to woman and children.

Every individual in the program is paired with a local, hosting group/family/individual

Night shelter, on the model of the recent “house for the homeless” opened by Pope Francis, at Vatican, offers temporary shelter for the homeless at any time, where up to 60 residents can come every night, shower, have a meal, have the possibility of clean cloths, medical checkup, counseling and a bed for the night.

Coordinate a Food Bank Services and micro financed industries reaching to about 296,000 annually.

Caritas in Veritate International is a confederation of Catholic organizations present in eighty-four countries throughout the world.  Caritas in Veritate International is dedicated to recruit, form, mobilize and engage young volunteers to bring human progress to people in great need.

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