PROJECT NAME/ ADDRESS:
Good Samaritan Orphan & Needy School (GSON)
P O Box 984 Mbale/ Bududa Uganda
Mobile:+256772465135 / 256754465135
Helping the affected people with Natural Hazards (landslides and HIV/AIDS)
The project started in August 2004 and is ongoing.
DETAILED PROJECT DESCRIPTION (pdf file download)
Here is the story about the Bamasaba community of Mbale,
Mbale is bordered by the republic of Kenya in the east,Tororo District in both west, Kumi district in northwest, and Kapchorwa district in northeast.
Mbale district has an area of 2756 sq km, land area of 2504 sq km and land covered by forest 5300 hectares. The area receives two seasons of rainfall, i.e., March-May and July -October.
The community is located 40kms east of Mbale town. In Mbale town you board vehicles called bududa (taxis), and you get out at Bubiita sub county, then ask for Good Samaritan Orphan/needy School.
The community lies on the slopes of Mt. Elgon in Bunabumali Village, Buwali Parish, Bubiita sub county, Manjiya County, Mbale district but currently Bududa District. The district is highly blessed with a number of tourist attractions, i.e., beautiful scenery, bamboo forests, water falls, foothills, rocks, climate giant - Afro - alpine groundsels and lobelias, Plenty of food stuffs and vegetables, elgon fish (bamboos-malewa), caves.
Mt. Elgon National Park contains different species of flowers and wild animals (Eco systems). Many tourists come to Mbale year after year, season after season. The community is well served with good social services. For example, roads all the way from Kampala to the community site. The communication network is durable and security is provided at all times. Uganda’s transport fares do vary, i.e., Kampala to Mbale Town: Ug shs 8000 to 15000, and then from Mbale town to Bubiita sub county: 1500 to 3000. The district has good schools for both primary and secondary. The schools are expensive for the orphans/needy children to access/manage. The school location is also easily accessed.
Mbale/Bududa district is among the districts Uganda had after independence on 9th/October/1962. It has been subdivided into other districts due to high population growth rates, i.e., Sironko, Manafwa, Bududa and Mbale itself.
The community has been faced with natural calamities of landslides and mass-wasting since time immemorial and this has affected the people of the area and the education because people die in different ways, leaving many children orphaned and needy.
My dear friends, the history of
Mbale can also be viewed here: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mbale
l hope the site will be interesting for you and that later you will be able to visit Mbale in person one day, one time.
Mbale district is a very busy commercial centre since it's on the highway to the great north road (south Africa to Cairo) and near the border to Kenya, and so many people seek to migrate to Kenya looking for jobs, trade and income to raise fees for their children and get money for basic needs. During the course of movement, many of them have acquired HIV/AIDS, many die in accidents, and other calamities leading to children being abandoned.
Traditionally there were few
schools whereby a few parents managed to attend in the community. This affected the young generation's
education because few parents knew the value of education, and they don't value
it so well.
A number of parents, however, have now come to value education for their children but they don't have income-generating projects which can help them raise fees for the children to study.
The economic activity in the area is subsistence farming, i.e., sweet potatoes, cassava maize, beans, vegetables, soya beans, yams, coffee and many more/
OUR STAPLE FOOD
Welcome to our food menu in Bunabumali village: lam sharing with you the food we eat in Mbale district Bunabumali Village in our daily homes and the Cash crops. The bamasaba have: bananas (matooke), potatoes, cassava, beans, ground nuts, yams, coco yams, Elgon fish (bamboos or malewa ), as their staple food.
Most of them have: milk, strong coffee, tea, porridge, accompanied by food left over from supper/dinner: Beef, mutton, goat, chicken, are normally prepared on occasions like naming of children, circumcision, X-mas, public holidays and many others.
People in Mbale feed on fruits like Passion fruits, guavas, avocados, jack fruits, grapes and many wild fruits.
The Mbale community is well known and famous for Elgon fish (bamboos) which is served within the country and outside Uganda that is Kenyan hotels. On the slopes of Mt. Elgon, people grow cabbages, maize, vegetables, coffee, tomatoes, onions and many agricultural products. These products are produced in large quantities, and since they are perishable, they lose value and price fluctuation affects them. Hence low income is earned.
Coffee is the main cash crop in Mbale and Uganda at large. The prices of coffee keep betraying farmers and later they lose morale. The coffee season is only one, i.e., September-December.
We plan to discuss in length the new future desired for this region.