emerge poverty free

emerge poverty free projects

emerge poverty free believes in a world where every person has the opportunity to reach their potential, poverty free.

No matter where we are working, our primary goal is to empower the communities benefiting from our work to establish their own path out of poverty. We achieve this goal by only working through local partners, strengthening them as they seek to identify and provide their own communities with practical and sustainable assistance based upon their specific needs. As part of the Send a Cow family we work through their established country programmes to support farming families in Africa.


Grace is working with emerge poverty free in Uganda
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“Being part of this project is the first opportunity I have ever had to get a loan, I was not discriminated against for being a woman, instead they talked to me about my plans and looked at my potential.”

Grace Uganda


Clean Water, Latrines and Hygiene Training at two Primary Schools in Rural Uganda
Partner organisation: Action For Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE)

This project addresses the basic water and sanitation needs at two primary schools in Kyankwanzi District, rural Uganda where 924 children are forced to drink water from contaminated sources, defecate openly and have no means to wash their hands. A lack of hygiene knowledge and facilities means sickness, diarrhoea and infections have been widespread.

The installation of boreholes, latrines and handwashing facilities and the child focused ‘Our Hands, Our Future!’ hygiene workshops, will give pupils and teachers the knowledge and confidence to practice and promote good sanitation, reduce water related diseases and maintain a healthy school environment.

2,772 community members will also benefit from the project after each of the pupils share their hygiene knowledge with an average of 3 local people during the community outreach activities. The School Health Club will lead these activities building low cost handwashing points for elderly people and vulnerable families.
Transform and Empower the Lives of 900 Farming Families
Partner organisation: Action For Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE)
The project will support 900 vulnerable small-scale rural farmers from Kyankwanzi, Uganda, (800 women and 100 men). The project will respond to each farmer’s circumstances, with activities enabling them to manage their own social-economic development process, to transform their livelihoods.

Training in climate resilient agricultural practices, crop diversification and access to improves seeds will help the quality and quantity of farmers' crop yields. Their income will increase as they become more confident in techniques to store their crops and make them last longer. Profits from selling surplus crops can be used to buy other food, ensuring all family members eat regular and nutritious meals.

800 women farmers will be educated to improve their farm practices and establish sustainable agribusinesses. As they contribute to household income, they will be empowered to participate in, or manage, household discussions on savings and family expenditure. As women’s confidence increases they will take a more active role in community and cooperative groups.

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WASH and MHM in five rural Ugandan schools
Partner organisation: All Nations Christian Care (ANCC)

This project will work directly with 4,876 people to improve water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for school children. Water boreholes and pumps will be installed and a water sample sent to the Ministry of Water and Environment to test the quality of the water.  School Social Health Clubs will be set up to train children in sanitation and hygiene. They will then spread their new knowledge to other pupils and the wider community.

'Straight Talk' workshops will be set up for pupils (age 11-17) to provide a safe place to learn about reproductive health, menstruation and menstrual health. This will help increase awareness for both boys and girls and reduce menstruation related stigma. Girls often stay at home when they are on their period, so we will teach women and girls to make Reusable Menstrual Pads (RUMPs) using affordable, locally available materials. This will increase the enrolment of girls into school and decrease dropout rates and sickness days. Male teachers and pupils will become proactive advocates for the project, learning to support their female peers and make RUMPs for their mothers and sisters.
School Demonstration Garden in Rural Uganda School
Partner organisation: All Nations Christian Care (ANCC)

The main aim of this project is to address the ineffective agricultural practices which drive food insecurity, resulting in hunger which is a major cause for children not attending school and for missing classes, particularly in the afternoon. This often leads to children dropping out as they fall behind and are unable to catch up. Education is one of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty and opens up opportunities which can be life-changing.

This project centres at a school, making it convenient to inspire and involve children in agriculture and healthy eating as positive part of their education and learning experience. Some schools have used digging as a form of punishment which further devalues agriculture and paints the negatives of farming. We believe it is important to bring together and value the capacities of all the community members, and to champion education and life-long learning. As a result of this project, parents will become more involved in their children’s education helping to improve attendance and academic attainment.
Building Resilience in Burundi
Partner organisation: Send a Cow

This project works with 1,350 house holds, providing: training in enterprise and valuation addition; storage facilities for crops and water pumps for watering vegetables during the dry season. Each group will be provided with a bike to help with travelling to and from markets and linking peer farmers to new group members. Farmers will also learn improved animal management, sustainable agriculture, enterprise training and how to establish Village Savings and Loans Associations.

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Gender and Nutrition Centred Agriculture in Burundi
Partner organisation: Send a Cow

Mwaro province has a high population density (330 people per km2) and most people rely on the land for their livelihoods. The majority of farmers have limited knowledge of agricultural techniques and are unable to sell surplus crops. Gender inequality is extreme in Mwaro; unemployment within men is high, whilst women undertake the majority of tasks within the household and on the farm.

With a focus on gender relations, this project engages both male and female farmers within the household, aiming to improve family relations and equality of workloads. We aim to improve the availability of nutritious food through training in increased and diversified agricultural production and improved food storage and conservation. Families will also be trained in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) skills.

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The Uganda Orphans Livelihoods Project with Send a Cow
Partner organisation: Send a Cow

This project is based in the district of Rakai of central Uganda, an area heavily affected by HIV/AIDS with thousands of people becoming infected each year. Children are left orphaned and therefore there are hundreds of child-headed households across the district. Some children are left in the care of elderly relatives who are unable to work and provide for them.

In order to fend for themselves, children are forced into child labour. By 2021, we will have supported 400 households to be self-sufficient. We envisage a future full of hope for these children. Families will become self-sufficient, food secure and resilient to climate shocks.

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