Archive | February, 2014

Lend a Hand Uganda part II – Sponsoring Household Sustainability

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Lend a Hand Uganda (LAHU) supports programs that improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children, their homes and communities. Key projects include vegetable gardens that add important nutrition to the children’s daily diets. Those who benefit from the gardens contribute to planting, maintenance and harvesting. LAHU volunteers from around the globe assist residents in establishing and […]

Lend a Hand Uganda Reaches Out to Vulnerable Children

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In Uganda, an estimated 15 per cent of children younger than 18 years old are orphaned. Many have become parents to their siblings, often with limited assistance from their kin. Given the large number of orphaned children, an “orphanage industry” has emerged. Even though the Government’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) policy outlines regulations for […]

East African Community Workshops Are Far Different from Industrial Factories (Part 2)

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Unlike the production-line type approach in big factories, each African artisan sees production through from start to finish. This provides them with a sense of ownership and responsibility that enriches the quality of each piece. To consumers, it translates to a higher cost per item but an exponential increase in value. The machine-made novelty items […]

East African Community Workshops Are Far Different from Industrial Factories (Part 1)

The East African economy is rooted in agriculture. However, the majority of people depend on subsistence agriculture based on minimal use of off-farm inputs. Although well-managed subsistence agriculture is sustainable in the long term, it has kept East African economies small and insular in comparison to huge economies like China’s that benefit from highly industrialized […]

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