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PRID Sibanga

August 21st, 2008

The Poultry Project went on the road today to lend support to another organization supporting orphans in Uganda. The Poverty Reduction Initiative for Development (P.R.I.D.) was created by residents of the sub-county of Sibanga approximately 35 km from Mbale Town. The Poultry Project first collaborated with PRID and its chairman, John Busulo, in 2006 when Kelly learned of the organization and its purpose while staying at Cure Hospital (John worked there as the security guard).
The Poultry Project and PRID are similar in that they each seek to promote sustainable income for orphaned families. Whereas the Project has focused on livestock, PRID has focused on other initiatives such as coffee farming. Currently, PRID provides services for 28 orphans and is led by a committee of elders residing in adjacent villages.
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Above are John Busolo, Mzee Dasan and Mzee Boazi, the founders of PRID.
PRID meets in fields and the homes of the members to discuss organizational matters and they provide agricultural training on a small plot of land that was purchased in 2007 with the help of the Poultry Project donors. We spent the entire day walking through the participants’ coffee gardens and were amazed by how much wisdom the elders have and how deeply they care for their community.
Mzee Boazi stands in front of a growing coffee tree.
He is an elder of the village and is currently raising 10 grandchildren who are orphans.
Mzee Dasan, one of the chairmen and founders, is also the pastor at the village church.
After viewing the gardens, we returned to John’s home where we were greeted by women and children, many of whom are orphans supported by PRID. They were singing and thanking us for making the journey to their village. The children performed beautiful poems and songs about their struggles. The women then prepared a large traditional Ugandan meal.
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The children and women performing a song and dance for us.
The people we met today are honest, hardworking and generous. They dedicate their time to helping those in need and unifying their community.
What a wonderful way to be.
Below are more pictures that highlight the development of PRID’s coffee gardens and the children they support.
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Coffee seedlings in the beginning stages.
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Once the seedlings have germinated and grown about 6 inches high, they are prepared in tiny, biodegradable baggies for each of the orphans. Each orphan receives 100 seedlings per year; the estimated time to harvest per plant is 3 years.
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A coffee tree in the garden of a participant.
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A full grown coffee plant that is ready to harvest.
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Peter is a beneficiary of PRID and is very bright. He is 16 years old, in S-4 and he is ranked 4th in class.
Joe encouraged him to continue to work hard in school, but to also take advantage of the coffee farming opportunity. The extra time Joe spent with Peter made him feel special.
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The orphans involved who are growing coffee and benefiting from PRID.
Thanks for reading and your continued support!

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3 Responses to “PRID Sibanga”

  1. Kelly says:

    John and the Mzais of PRID exemplify the spirit of the Ugandan people. In Uganda, and much of sub-Saharan Africa, an individual is part of a family, a village, and a nation. This sense of community is somewhat foreign in the United States where individuals strive for personal excellence and wellbeing; in Africa, the individual rarely separates themselves from their family and village. The motto “what’s mine is yours” is real in Uganda. Resources and labor are shared. That is why orphanages and nursing homes do not exist in Uganda – family takes care of family. With HIV/AIDS, these family networks of support are exhausted and programs like PRID’s coffee project and The Poultry Project’s smallholder farming initiative strive to strengthen these family networks to keep families together. We can learn a great deal about love, service, and family from Ugandans. They really understand the philosophical concept of human connectedness – we all depend on one another; we cannot exist in a bubble, alone. If people in our families, our neighborhoods, our cities, our neighboring countries are suffering, we suffer too. We are one. One humanity. One global village. We cannot end poverty or stop suffering – suffering is part of life; however, with small acts of love and service we can make the world a more peaceful place.

  2. Mary Grace & Bill Pavlick says:

    What a special day this must have been. You two look great and it appears you are making those kids very happy. Wish I could be there with you. We pray each day for the success of your wonderful mission. We love you so much. Grandma and Pappap

  3. Carly says:

    Well Joey and Emily, I, like everyone else, am extremely proud of you. It is so good hearing from you and listening/learning about all that you are doing. I hear the coffee is excellent (probably not as good as the Beanstock, though)…and I better be receiving some sort of caffeine-enriched package up in Syracuse when you two return. I know it’s difficult to be there to witness the disparity and poverty…but when times are rough…always remember “Brown paper, white paper, stick it together with the tape, the tape of Love…(the sticky stuff)”
    Okay, I will leave you with that. :) Good luck with everything, and I love you both!

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