To improve and secure livelihoods by increasing household incomes of war-affected children, their caregivers, and other vulnerable families
Vocational Training Program
A 1-year program that trains girls in income generating activities such as knitting, tailoring, baking, catering, and hand-made jewelry.
To date, more than 550 girls have been trained and received capital to start small-scale businesses.
The top-performing girls from the catering vocational training have the opportunity to work at Mega Ber Restaurant. Mega Ber, meaning Good Mother in Luo (the language of the Acholi people) opened in 2006. It has a lot of local customers who enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the delicious food!
Income Generating Activities Program
CCF aims to support individuals in increasing their household income by adding value to their products and expanding access to new markets.
Community members are mobilized and trained in agricultural and production practices that improve product quality. Current projects focus on the production of shea nuts, simsim, maize and honey. Improvements have included the introduction of hybrid seeds which boost agricultural production and new manufacturing practices to create diversified products out of existing agricultural resources.
CCF also provides business management training and startup grants and/or capital for families to start a small business in their community. Some families trade tomatoes, eggplant, fish, peanuts, and eggs, while others rear goats, chickens, and cows.
A hybrid maize demonstration field in Lira Palwo (Longe 5)
Girls in Agago District gather to learn about CCF’s scholarships for vocational training.
Environment and Sustainability
The Youth in Agricultural Program is aimed at empowering youth and women to understand and begin practicing sustainable agricultural practices as a means of protecting the environment.
A primary focus of this program is offering training in the construction of rocket stoves. Rocket stoves are energy efficient stoves that use less firewood and produce less smoke, thus decreasing deforestation and air pollution. The stove is designed to reduce the risk of accidents and burning during cooking, and has the added benefit of reducing workload for women who are the primary gatherers of firewood. Three sub-counties were targeted and 20 members trained in the production of energy stove. 32 child mothers from the Pader Girls Secondary School received the same training. The idea is to have a multiplier effect on the entire population in Pader and Agago Districts.
Read the story of Amila who learned to make the rocket stove and is now training others and constructing the stoves for her own income.
Who are these families?
CCF's Livelihood Program serves vulnerable households living below the poverty line. Many are single-parent households, elderly-headed households, child-headed households, or families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Some of these families are the parents/guardians of the girls in Pader Girls' Secondary School to encourage (rather than discourage) girls to attend school. Many families feel girls must take care of their babies and help the family with chores instead of attending school.
CCF field officers visit recipients to follow-up on their businesses and standard of living. The majority of the families assisted by CCF have been able to save money and provide for the basic needs of their children.