We couldn’t be happier with how our Project for Peace carried out this summer. Now that our pilot program is off and running, we’re looking toward the future and what’s next for our work in northern Uganda.
We are using the remaining funding for our program to continue the trainings twice a week through the end of October, which is three months longer than we had initially planned. The students will continue to receive nutritious meals throughout the program. As the crops are growing, the remaining lessons will focus on monitoring, pest and disease management, drought management, and harvest. Although we’ve returned to the U.S., we’re confident that Calvin and the CPU staff will continue to keep the program running smoothly on the ground. After the training concludes, each student will begin mentoring five to ten households in their village to share the knowledge and seeds they have gained. This means that over 250 households will have benefitted from the program.
From the U.S., Seren and Nellie will be continuing their work with KareMeKuc, while Max will be taking a different direction. He wanted us to share the following message:
I am happy to say we have had many great successes this summer. However, it is with a heavy heart that I announce I have decided to branch from the current direction of KareMeKuc. I will be working directly with Jane Ekayu, the executive director of Children of Peace Uganda, to pursue our original dream of building a Peace Center. The program we have started this summer will be an important part of the curriculum at this Peace Center, I look forward to collaborating with KareMeKuc when the Peace Center is established.
As we move forward, we will be organizing fundraising and educational events this fall to support future cycles of the training program in the next growing seasons. Once we have collected the rest of the post-test and survey data, we’ll work on evaluating and improving the program. Now that we know how much it costs per season, we can make a plan for funding the program sustainably over the next few years and enhancing our impact in the community.
To make it possible for our program to grow, we are expanding the KareMeKuc team! We are looking for people with a variety of skills and interests who are passionate about peace building. In particular, we’re working on fundraising, community outreach, social media, organizational development, and grant writing. If you’re interested in joining KareMeKuc, or would like more information, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.