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- Clean Water Initiative - "A Basic Human Right"
- September 2012 Update
- Northern Uganda
- Agriculture - "Growing food for families"
- Christian Counseling Fellowship - "Seeds of Love"
- Uganda "Crews" Mission Teams
Clean Water Initiative - "A Basic Human Right"
This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Thank you to everyone who has been supporting us. Together we are making a difference in the lives of more people because of your response.
Please consider giving some extra financial support to allow us to continue this program!Did You Know?
- more than one billion people try to live on contaminated water
- water borne diseases such as dysentery and cholera kill 1.8 million people a year
- 1.6 million of those who die are children
Crossroads Missions would like to thank the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for their financial support of the 3:1 funding match towards our clean water and sanitation initiative in northern Uganda. (matching grant portion is closed)
Together with our partner on the ground Victory Outreach Ministries, we are in our second year of a 3 year water and sanitation project that will help improve the lives of families who desperately lack these resources. To date, 5 new wells have been dug, 27 boreholes have been repaired along with the construction of 17 pit latrines for proper sanitation practices.
Due to insufficient water sources, women and children are walking up to 3 km, waiting hours in a line-up, and returning home at the end of the day. As a result, it can take up to 6 hours both walking and waiting for water.
Unfortunately, it is usually women and children who are sent to fetch water alone,
and if walking at night, they are vulnerable to attack. Their alternative is to gather water from polluted sources such as dirty mud puddles, stagnant ditches and ponds in desperation, resulting in water borne diseases that make their children ill and can kill. This issue is preventable through the provision of functioning wells in or near rural villages.
The Honorable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation said, "This project will benefit over 500,000 people and improve their health and well-being by reducing their risks of death and disease caused by water-borne diseases."
Our objective aims to improve access to clean water by providing needed basic sanitation infrastructure and increasing community water management skills and sanitation knowledge. This work is being done through local leadership and in full awareness of local government officials, ensuring that this project effectively impacts thousands of people trying to rebuild their lives.
One well can provide clean water for thousands of people. The approximate cost of refurbishing a well is $2,500 and to dig a new well is averaged at $6,500.00 depending on the depth and location of the well.
Please consider giving some extra financial support to allow us to continue this Well program!
Together, we can continue to help the returning IDP's and rural poor through access to clean water and food ensuring the well-being and survival of thousands in Northern Uganda.
September 2012 UpdateIt is our privilege to update you on what's been happening in Northern Uganda. We continue see phenomenal growth and results in the areas of agriculture and clean water.
As our resources allow us, we continue to incorporate new families as part of the Victory Outreach Ministries Agricultural Project. With the introduction of mechanized farming through the shipment of tractors and farm implements, we've been able to plow over 7,000 acres of land. Garden plots are supplied with seeds and tools have been distributed to beneficiary families. More than 1700 families have received assistance and are now growing maize, rice, pumpkins, soya beans and cassava with enough food for consumption and also for market. This allows them to send their children to school and once again become a contributing member of society.
We also continue to forge ahead with refurbishing wells and we now have 45 wells either reactivated or in final stages of completion! Well over 60,000 community members have access to clean drinking water because of the thoughful gifts of our viewers. For many women and children the distance they would normally walk for clean water (or go without!) has been dramatically reduced greatly improving their safety and health.
Food and water is critical to our existence, and both are increasingly threatening the survival of the poor. Drastic increases in global food prices have affected everyone, from local communities in Canada to poverty stricken communities around the world. As a result, our Missions group continues to mobilize our resources and influence in response to this crisis - for the sake of humanity.
"Crossroads Missions" has worked on water and food security projects since 1989. Food security and water remain core sectors of focus for Crossroads Missions, as these, more than ever, remain urgent Humanitarian needs.
In partnership with a local church organization Victory Outreach Ministries (VOM), Crossroads is rapidly developing food security and water & sanitation projects for resettling Internally Displaced People (IDPs). In a country that has been affected by 20 years of rebel warfare, hope is being restored.
Crossroads is proud to report that through our partners on the ground two schools have been built and hundreds of villagers have accepted Christ and eight churches have been planted as a result of the witness of Christian tractor drivers working in these communities. Local roads have been repaired because of the availability of tractors and wagons.
Agriculture - "Growing food for families"Since its launch in the spring of 2007, the agricultural project has benefited approximately 2000 families living in several regions. As a result, families can feed their children 3 meals a day, send them to school, and afford permanent construction of homes. Reportedly, these families' lives have been radically changed, due to this project.
Through the compassionate support of Crossroads partners, 8 tractors, farm implements and various tools and supplies have been provided enabling the advancement of mechanized farming in Uganda -- an objective of the Government of Uganda. To date, more than 7,000 acres of land has been ploughed and disced over 5 growing seasons impacting more than 23,000 people directly and indirectly!
Locals are taught the new farming methods, provided with start-up seeds and the hand tools necessary for cultivating 2 acres of the land. The most vulnerable in the community, such as women, are actively engaged in the operations and development of this project. The impact on their families is direct & immediate with hope being restored as a result of our involvement.
Christian Counseling Fellowship - "Seeds of Love"
Thanks to the faithful support of partners, Christian Counseling Fellowship has expanded their capacity to include the youth and the vulnerable through the Youth Agricultural Program (YAP). 315 women and youth have been trained in agricultural practices enabling them to become productive and valuable members of the community. 66 people were trained in energy saving rocket stove construction helping families to utilize a more efficient source of cooking using less wood.
Christian Counseling Fellowship continues to minister to young women and child mothers by empowering them with skills training in knitting, weaving and tailoring etc. While these girls are under her care, they receive medical assistance, training, counseling and love.
Quote from a beneficiary: Lamwaka Mary, a 22 year old writes,
"When I dropped out of senior 3 due to financial problem and got pregnant, all hope was gone, it never occurred to me that I would become a useful mother, but my miracle started when I was assessed and brought to CCF for training. I worked so hard to ensure that I passed well all the examinations, in which I came out the best. My greatest joy came when CCF called me to take up employment as a local trainer."
"This healed my emotions and restored love for my child, since I can now afford to meet my needs, send money to help my parents and above all I managed to buy a she goat for long term income generating as it will multiply! I said bye to stigmatization from relatives and in the community I'm now respected. The daily morning devotions have given me more wisdom since the biblical sharing are so educative and because I have also learnt to pray by myself, I no longer suffer nightmares. I will always love and fear God for He has done so much in changing everything around me."
"Seeds of Love" is sending teams of volunteers to minister God's love to those living in IDP camps. Spending time listening and meeting some of the basic needs of food and medicine helps to build a trusting relationship. Through these visits, the volunteers are able to pray and share God's word giving them peace and hope. Thank you for your continued support.
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2011 ANNUAL REPORT
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