Thursday, November 04, 2010

Development Starts With a Village

The Guardian’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, along with a few key partner organizations launched the Katine project in October 2007, and since then it has changed lives in north-eastern Uganda. The Katine project addresses poverty in the village Katine, by equipping villagers with the skills and knowledge to help themselves. In the past 3 years alone, Katine has seen 150 village savings and loan associations set up, a grain store built, and more than 7,000 malaria nets distributed to families with small children. Furthermore, a network of committees has been nurtured: village health teams, parent-teacher associations, water source committees, farmers' groups, parent-teacher associations, and village savings associations. Thus far, the project has been a success and what remains to be seen – and will be the ultimate measure of the project’s success – is its sustainability.

-Clare O.

SOURCE: The Guardian