Safe Society for Children - Farming Project Uganda
Teaching how to make soap, using local herbs
Rising prices made us look for alternatives that also help combat climate change.
Safe society for children Uganda is a community-based organization that was started in 2012 after identifying community challenges that were mainly poverty- headed and ignorance of knowledge. This left very many vulnerable, especially children and women. Hence, a safe environment for growth was needed. Thus, a safe society for children Uganda was established.
As we were still in our normal operations Covid 19 outbreak made the situation worse as it kind of worsened the already crippling economy, our communities and the whole country at large, and thus prices of commodities went high yet people were getting poorer. For example, the price of soap doubled and went up to almost 3 American dollars, yet a local person on the farm for the whole day works for almost the same, so by the end of the day he or she would only work for only one bar of soap irrespective of all the other basic needs that would be needed.
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It’s because of the above background that a safe society for children, Uganda, as a community-based organization, could not fold its hands and see people suffering and do nothing about it. We had to sit down and look for a long-lasting solution to the problems and soap problem was identified as a major issue or challenge to most rural families in Uganda. As social workers, we identified a way to make soap at a cheaper price such that our people could no longer spend the whole day working for only one bar of soap.
We had to get a team of few people to go and get trained on how to make soap from local HERBS that all our people could afford to get and, yes, indeed, they came successfully, very ready, determined and resilient to move the whole district of Rubanda, which is our major area of jurisdiction or operations, from village to village, parish to parish, sub county to another, teaching our rural people on how to make soap.
Herbal soap produced from what the land gives - helping people
These skills of soap making are still being passed on to the very many Ugandans irrespective of the challenges that are being met, especially poor roads, weather and the means of transportation of our trainees and their allowances, something we are still struggling with as a safe society for children, plus planting more of the organic herbs that we do use and, of course, encouraging most of our rural men and women to plant more trees as they do also conserve the environment and, at the same time, be used for soap making projects.
We are so glad that our people are indeed welcoming us and inviting us to different areas irrespective of the challenges being met. We are always happier because each time we leave the field, people form committees on their own and form different groups in which they start to practice soap making and, after mastering, they agree on different days when they are free, like weekends, they meet make and share and each family gets a bar or two of soap per week depending on their agreement, hence sustainable development in a sense that money that would be spent on buying soap is saved or used to get other basic needs.
The good thing about this is that one can do it without necessarily leaving his or her village to get the raw materials, because all the local HERBS are well locally known and planted,
Thanks to the team of trainees that move hills and valleys and thanks much more to a safe society for children in Uganda and all other well-wishers, sponsors and donors for always trusting us with your funds without any hesitation, each time we share with you our ideas for it’s good to teach a person how to fish rather than just giving them a fish itself.
Our way forward is to first cover the whole district with soap making skills and the whole country at large in rural hard to reach areas and after that, we will have candle making, reusable sanitary pads for both girls and women, shoe polish making, baking and many more, until we see poverty no more to the extent of all our people being able to afford all the basic needs
Thus, we are called upon them to support us more and more such that our goals and objectives be realized.
Project beneficiaries: disabled/orphans