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Love Mercy Field Office and home to Love Mercy supported students.

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Eunice Awoni - Barr

Eunice Awoni lives in Abolet village Eunice is 27 years old and has three children. She is the Cents for Seeds Chairperson for Barr village. She has participated in Cents for seeds since 2010. From the time Cents for seeds was introduced, her life changed. Eunice and her family are now able to afford food and even their health care has improved. They now have the means to maintain their own health and the children can now study. “Life before Cents for Seeds was very hard because everyone was staying in the Internally Displaced Peoples camps. We were given food from the Ugandan Government. However, in 2008 the Government stopped supplying food and we were told to return home to our ravaged land. Life from then on became ever more difficult. Now our life is better again”

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Semi - Okwang

Semi is 35 years old and is a widow with 5 children. Cents for Seeds has helped her sell her crops to pay for things that her household needs, like soap, school fees, and other foods. As a mother, this project has helped Semi because in the past she didn’t have any knowledge about agricultural practices. Now she passes this valuable knowledge onto her children because they help her in the garden. “Before the program I had no where to run from my hardships. Now I can solve them myself."

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Rose - Adwari

Rose is 43 years old and has had 8 children, however two of them died when they were very young due to illnesses. Rose has been in the Cents for Seeds program for three years, and last year was her most successful. The program is so important to Rose because it is helping her to save money and to use the rest of the seeds to feed her family. Two of her children have chronic illnesses which adds a burden to her expenses and her life. “The project is reducing my everyday expenses like food and is covering the costs of the rest, like my children’s medical bills. I only request that you continue to run the program so that we can continue to fight our challenges”

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Sophia Akite - Orum, Awake Village

Sophia has been in the program since the start in 2010. Life was not very easy before the program because there was not enough food and getting seeds was very difficult. Now she has a good harvest and there is food in the house. From her loan of 30kgs of beans, she harvested almost 300kgs! “Thank you so much to the people who support the project for helping us out of a really bad situation after we moved out of the camps. I just pray that you continue to support us”.

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Sophia Odero - Otuke Town

Sophia Odero is 48 years old. Life before Cents for Seeds was very tough for Sophia because she had to wait for everything to come from their husbands and the government. This program however has changed her life and relieved this frustration as it gives her and the other women a role to play. They now receive the seeds, plant and harvest and then provide for the family. "The program is so important because it is helping to eradicate proverty and change our future.”

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Florence Odongo and George Odongo - Olilim

Florence is 38 years old. She has 8 children. Last year she received a loan of 30kgs of beans, and managed to harvests 360kgs! After she repaid her loan, she sold some of the excess for income to pay her children’s school fees then used some for school requirements. “Before the program life was hard, but now we have been able to save enough money to get married. We had a celebration and invited our friends from the program. Everyone brought some food to share and there was such an abundance of food there were left overs!”

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Molly Opio - Ogor, Omwonyolee

Molly is 35 years old and she has 4 children. Last year Molly received a loan of 30kgs of beans and she harvested 135kgs. She sold her excess and bought a bull with her income which she uses to plow her field and also rents out to other participants. This project has helped Molly’s family so much as hey can afford food, clothes and school fees. “I have learned so much from this program. Now I know how to select good seeds and properly plant them. Thank you for supporting us."

Our goal is to fund Cents For Seeds loans to 20 000 women by the year 2020

7777/20000
loans funded so far
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$30 = 30kg

Cents for Seeds is changing the lives of families in Uganda by empowering women and enabling them to provide for their families. For a small $30 donation, A woman is provided with a 30kg loan of seeds such as beans or sesame, as well as a hand held gardening tool, educational workshops, and access to savings groups.  A 30kg loan can harvest a yield of approximately 150kgs.

Why does it work?

Women in Uganda are the caretakers for their families.  Cents for Seeds empowers women to reinvest their earnings into food, education, and health care. They also have access to savings and loans groups which enable them to borrow money for emergencies or larger household purchases. The women then give back their loan of seeds at the end of their first harvest so it can be passed on to another like her, making it a sustainable project while reaching more communities. Within 12 months your small $30 gift will have enabled a woman to release her family from poverty.

20,000 women across Uganda

A small $30 monthly donation enables 12 women per year to participate in Cents for Seeds. Our mission is to reach 20,000 women across Uganda by the year 2020. We are funding this project through the generous donations of everyday Australians. We need 200 Cents for Seeds Change Makers to partner with us to continue to fund this life-changing project. Sign up to become a Cents for Seeds Change Maker

Inspirational Stories

Rose Alunga

"The project is reducing my everyday expenses like food and is covering the costs of the rest, like my children's medical bills. I only request that you continue to run the program so that we can continue to fight our challenges."

Natalie Lennon, Cents for Seeds Ambassador since March 2015

"I love supporting Cents for Seeds. I love to know that the $30 a month that I donate is giving a woman and her family a hand up, not a hand out, and will on to benefit many others thanks to her hard work. I love the monthly stories that I get via email. I feel like I am making a real difference."

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Kristina Health Centre
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The Kristina Clinic

The Kristina Clinic was opened in 2012 and treats the local community for illnesses from cold and flu to HIV/Aids, provides free immunizations for children, triage, and an ambulance service to the district.

Our Story

The Kristina Health Centre was officially opened in August 2012. The clinic has been treating the local community with some patients travelling up to 40kms in one day on foot to reach the Health Centre. Kristina is providing primary medical care including triage and appropriate treatment, disease testing, inoculation, medication dispensing and education. The most common illnesses are malaria, typhoid, cough and flu, pneumonia and other serious conditions including internal organ issues requiring referral to Lira Regional Hospital. Our patients are charged a small consultation fee to add value to the treatment they receive. A child's consultation fee is 500 Ugandan Shillings or approx 20c AUD, and an adult is double that rate at 1000 Ugandan Shillings. The team includes 10 hardwork local staff who are suplemented by visiting international staff.

Kristina Health Centre

“Empowering the people of Awake with access to Health Care”

Barbara Apio

Barbara is 10 years old and is studying in P4. Her father, Jasper, is a peasant farmer in Adwari, a village 9kms from KHC. Jasper borrowed a motorcycle from a friend and taught himself how to ride it in order to get his daughter to KHC. Barbara came to the clinic complaining of chest pain, headaches and a tooth ache. Her father has brought her to KHC a few times before and the treatment they have provided has helped. He now brings all his family members when they are unwell. Barbara was tested for malaria and typhoid but her results were negative. The staff then tested her for brucellosis. Her tooth was found to have a hole in it so it was removed. It had rotted right down to the root. When asked why he chose KHC, Jasper said: “KHC has good reception and services”.

Juspin Okii

Juspin is 9 years old and is studying in P1 at Amori Primary School. On 21 January, she was bitten by a snake on her lower leg however the venom soon spread right up to her knee. Her whole leg had swollen and the lower leg had started to rot. Her father, Patrick, immediately took her to their local medical centre where she received very poor treatment and the wound only became worse. After one week, Patrick (a peasant farmer) decided to hire a boda to take them the 18miles from their village to KHC where he knew they would receive proper treatment. He paid 25,000 shillings for the return ride. After her initial treatment at KHC, Patrick immediately saw a change. They have since stayed at KHC for one month while she recovers. The staff are reliable and clean and change the dressings on her wound each day. She still can’t walk and they’re not sure how long she will need to stay however they are seeing improvement. When asked why he chose KHC, Patrick said: “The news had spread that KHC gives good services. I have seen a lot of people from my village come here. This is the first time I have been and I would come back because I have seen the services provided and they are good.”

Piona and her mother Santa

Santa brought her daughter, Piona, to KHC for her first immunisations. She walked one km from her home to KHC. Free immunisations are provided to the community every Wednesday. A few months later, Piona was brought back to KHC for her six month immunisations. Her mother was so impressed with the services at KHC that she now brings the rest of her family here when they are sick.

Joseph Eladu

Joseph is the Chairman for NRM in Atiro. Atiro is a village of Olilim sub-county, 40kms from KHC. Joseph had a friend, the principal of the local primary school, drive him by motorbike to KHC to be treated. Joseph was suffering from aches in his lower abdomen. Had been experiencing pain for more than a week. Joseph was found to have typhoid and kidney wounds. He was given treatment to be taken over one month.

Barbara Apio

Barbara is 10 years old and is studying in P4. Her father, Jasper, is a peasant farmer in Adwari, a village 9kms from KHC. Jasper borrowed a motorcycle from a friend and taught himself how to ride it in order to get his daughter to KHC. Barbara came to the clinic complaining of chest pain, headaches and a tooth ache. Her father has brought her to KHC a few times before and the treatment they have provided has helped. He now brings all his family members when they are unwell. Barbara was tested for malaria and typhoid but her results were negative. The staff then tested her for brucellosis. Her tooth was found to have a hole in it so it was removed. It had rotted right down to the root. 
When asked why he chose KHC, Jasper said: “KHC has good reception and services”.

Piona and her mother Santa

Santa brought her daughter, Piona, to KHC for her first immunisations. She walked one km from her home to KHC. Free immunisations are provided to the community every Wednesday. 
A few months later, Piona was brought back to KHC for her six month immunisations. 
Her mother was so impressed with the services at KHC that she now brings the rest of her family here when they are sick.

Joseph Eladu

Joseph is the Chairman for NRM in Atiro. Atiro is a village of Olilim sub-county, 40kms from KHC. Joseph had a friend, the principal of the local primary school, drive him by motorbike to KHC to be treated. 
 
Joseph was suffering from aches in his lower abdomen. He had been experiencing pain for more than a week. 
 
Joseph was found to have typhoid and kidney wounds. He was given treatment to be taken over one month.
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