WAPA wants to reintegrate war victims through work. With our dairy industry program in Palenga south of Gulu, we encourage the families most affected by twenty years of civil war to provide for their livestock by the daily sale of milk to a dairy cooperative (also financed by WAPA). The income from that sale makes it possible to vary the food of the family and to pay education for children. The income also provides access to health care and even makes it possible to save.
The dairy industry program and the training
Livestock farming is profitable, but certainly not easy. WAPA and its local partner believe that it is necessary to make the population responsible for the restoration of their human dignity after twenty years of armed conflict. It is therefore their intention to let the farmer rent his cow to KCIU for 2 years before owning his cow and thus bear the responsibility for his own project. In addition, training is essential. This training takes three months and takes place in the fully by WAPA financed model farm with two stables, six cows, four calves, a feed silo, a well, agricultural land and the farm manager's house. At the end of his training, the future farmer will build his own stable on his own land and grow the needed cattle feed before he really gets a cow.
Who are those farmers?
Men and women, mainly former child soldiers, war widows, IDP’S, war wifes,...
We met, for example, Nighty, 28 years old, participant since 2012, three children, war orphan and IDP. Owner of two cows, a bull and two calves. Her biggest challenge: to meet the needs of her family by giving her children the best: varied food, education, access to health care, and some savings.
WAPA wants to expand the model farm in 2018-2019 ! Why?
We believe that the key to change lies in making the project strong and independent. What would it be like if we were to go on forever with buying dairy cows? By financing an extension of the project with a new barn and by purchasing at least five new breeding cows, we will be able to breed our own dairy cows within three years.
Why do we want finance the purchase of cows?
At the moment we have trained 43 farmers. Many of them have already built their own stable and are now waiting for their first cow. They are highly motivated and ready to start with their new profession as a dairy farmer.