The people of Acuru and other surrounding villages were displaced by the Karamojong cattle rustlers during the 1979 war, and hence lived in the camp which was in the nearby Primary school until 2010 when peace prevailed. It is after this that people began to go back to their original land only to be faced with a lot of challenges.
90% of this rural community mainly grows crops at subsistence level. It only has a little excess which is sold locally. A small proportion of the community grows cash crops including rice, sorghum, and groundnut while a few others undertake petty trade. The annual average income is less than USD 200. Poverty breeds hunger, disease and curtails development within this village.
1. To improve access to safe water by providing two deep wells (one for Acuru village and one for Odoom village which is neighbouring Acuru village) and promotion of hygiene behavioural changes in beneficiary households.
2. To improve community health by preventing malaria through trainings and provision of mosquito nets.
3. To mitigate the impact of tree cutting on the environment.
4. To improve community income and diet through imparting knowledge of sustainable integrated organic farming by training and providing improved livestock species & beehives for the youth and women groups
5. To improve the primary education delivery services by contributing scholastic materials to the local primary school and constructing a new latrine for girls.
a. To provide two bore holes in the two villages of Acuru and Odoom fully protected and fitted with hand pumps for water abstraction.
b. To sensitize the beneficiaries about the importance of maintaining a sanitary home environment, safe water chain, proper use of latrines and give them tips for the operation and management of the improved water sources
a. To sensitize the community about the prevention of malaria, Menstrual Hygiene Management to school girls.
b. To provide long-term insecticide treated mosquito bed nets to the expectant mothers and children beneficiaries.
a. To provide tree seedlings to be planted for sustainable future use as fruit trees, firewood, tree shades and fodder for the livestock.
b. To train the beneficiaries in the techniques of tree planting and management.
a. To train the community in the techniques of sustainable integrated organic farming so as to improve on food security in the community.
b. To provide improved livestock to families for improved household nutrition and income and also provide bee hives for the youth group.
c. To train the farmers in professional farm management including farm records keeping, enabling them manage their farms as business units.
a. To provide scholastic materials to school going children.
b. To sensitize the community about the importance of education, especially the girl child.
c. Construct 5 stance latrine for girls.
Implementation of the entire project would be within one year, but oversights for two years with site visits by the Rotarians. The members of Rotary Club of Lira together with the youth group of Acuru village will actively be involved throughout the project period, during training, distribution and monitoring/evaluation.
Clean Water $ 15,640
Malaria Prevention & training $ 4,211
Health/environmental training & provision of tree seedlings $ 6,000
Hunger-Agricultural training, livestock & beehives $ 16,305
Education-School Supplies, MHM training & Latrine construction $ 8,700
Total project cost $ 50,856