Equal Opportunities has designed and implemented several community based activities including giving seeds for planting, energy saver charcoal stoves and jerry cans for safe storage of drinking water to women groups as well as demonstration of locally made hand washing facilities. Furthermore, a mini agricultural show aimed at educating the community members on nutrition was carried out. However it was noted that there was minimal male involvement and the organisation has limited capacity to deliver appropriate nutrition interventions due to lack of experience on nutrition. We are however planning to employ expertise and hold regular educational shows for local community once we receive or generate enough funds to carry them out.
Equal opportunities is seeking financial support in order to create long term sustainable employ-ability programmes which will empower woman and facilitate them towards self-reliance. In our view, the betterment of health and education for children and decrease the number of children admitted to malnutrition units.
To create our first long term sustainable Employ-ability Programme we need to expand our clothing collection activities in the UK in order to be able to ship more collectable items and at more frequent intervals. In addition to our door-to-door collection, we have now also secured 4 clothing banks, which in cooperation with local councils, have been placed in strategic locations across London. We anticipate that each 10 ft. size bank will fill within 4-7 days.
The items we collect can now be shipped in larger quantities to Mombasa, Kenya, from where containers will be collected and transported by land to our Africa office in Kampala, Uganda. This will impose on us costs which are out of our reach of the organization or its donors, and will require: a longer van, storage facilities, shipping containers and leasing a warehouse in Kampala.
In Uganda, we are planning to employ number of local women from those admitted to the Mwanamugimu nutrition unit at the national referral hospital, who will be segregating the sell-able items from items for distribution. Accordingly, the sell-able items will be offered to the same women door-to-door trade. Income made from the first sale will be used to purchase second batch of used clothes from Equal Opportunities.
Rural sales network where poor women earn an income by selling products door-to-door is well proliferated in Uganda. Seen as social entrepreneurship, this system helps millions of people to make living wage across Africa. Most commonly sold items are products deemed prosaically that can be easily carried by an individual such as clothes, cosmetics, food and small household items.
This long term sustainable Employ-ability Programme will allow us to empower the most vulnerable members of the community by creating for them employment opportunities that will lift them permanently from poverty and facilitate them towards self-reliance.