Relief & Development
The basic necessities of life (food, water and shelter) are never guaranteed in Teso. Natural disasters such as flooding and drought occur regularly, resulting in failed crops and dried up water supplies. Insurgency and war in the recent history of Teso have made the problems worse.
The region is currently enjoying more political stability and much work is being done to protect food and water supplies. However, the Iteso people are only ever one season away from acute hunger and thirst. TDT is one of the major partners in the area who can mobilise relief at very short notice, to provide emergency aid to those most in need.
However, long-term solutions are also needed that will enable the Iteso people to develop their land and economy This will increase their reliance to natural disasters and provide the dignity of being less reliant on out-side help. TDT is passionate about such development work and we are resourcing sustainable water sources, food security projects and community finance / enterprise projects.
The Teso region is full of great potential. The people are resourceful and are committed to building a better future. TDT is privileged to be able to partner with the Iteso people to help them in this quest.
Providing emergency food and shelter when disasters and emergencies happen.
Teso Development Trust came into being to provide relief for the suffering Teso communities during the insurgency of the Karimojong form 1986 to 1991. It resumed the task in 2003/4 when the area was hit by the Lords Resistance Army incursion, helping to provide emergency food aid, water and sanitation to the thousands who were displaced. Following this it funded resettlement of thousands of people who had been housed in camps, helping re-establish homes and crop growing.
Food being distributed
Emergency shelters being given out
The current problem
Since 2007 the area has been hit by the impact of climate change which has …
Over 100 wells have been funded by TDT in the past decade, bringing safe drinking water to tens of thousands of people.
‘Water is Life’. That is a phrase that is heard many times in countries where safe, clean water is not always available. In Teso there has been a very determined effort to bring quality water supplies through shallow wells, boreholes and protecting the natural springs. The aim is that no one should have to walk more than 1Km to get safe water. (Much further than the few meters people need to walk in the UK to get to the tap!) However, there are still many communities that has no safe water supply within 5Km. In such cases …
Margaret with a VSLA Group
Soroti Womens Co-operative Union Limited (SOWCUL) trains and oversees Village Savings and Loans associations in Teso. These schemes encourage members of local communities to form a group that saves into one ‘pot’ of money. From that ‘pot’ they are then able to borrow funds to help them set up ‘income-generating’ activities, such as small businesses, or other needs. TDT has been supporting these groups for a number of years, and has seen some great success.
Egweu’s life had become very hard for him in a Teso Town. He could not afford rent and food. Before joining Moruapesur VSLA he was thinking of going back to his village …