With the support of his sponsor, George attended the Graze School of Farming and is successfully growing a range of fruits, maize, beans and avocados. He achieves all this on a mere quarter acre of land which he rents and nurtures. Not everyone is so knowledgeable or successful – George needed to persevere with improving his farming skills, particularly through last year’s drought.
George is also a Kabubbu widower, and just two of his six children are still alive. He’s not only growing food, but he’s also raising two teenagers. They’re now 15 and 17 year-old #KabubbuKids. He’s grateful for his sponsor’s support through QT’s Sponsor an Elderly Person programme.
With this help, he not only receives free basic health centre treatment when he needs it but also enjoys some additional food every weekend, including milk. His sponsor has also generously provided him with a water tank and new roofing for his house – not part of the sponsorship scheme, but perhaps a measure of the warmth of the relationship between George and his sponsor…
George tells us of many struggles in Uganda in our survey of grandparents; it’s a difficult place to live with so much sickness and not enough jobs. Imagine George’s upset too when his water tank was stolen… Much needed water supplies not only for drinking but also for careful watering of his crops. A supply saving him and his grandchildren hours of walking to and from a water borehole. Fortunately, his water tank has been replaced – and bricked-in so it can’t be removed again.
George recognises that the Kabubbu Development Project has achieved so much by introducing electricity to the village, ensuring sponsored children receive an education and setting-up small-holder farming training with Graze. These things are making a difference for Kabubbu’s people, young and old.
Could you sponsor an elderly person?