When Annmarie first visited Uganda she couldn't get over how green the country was. "I think the Emerald Isle has found some competition!", she exclaimed. True enough, the banana trees(mostly savoury! - called matooke) which feed a vast majority of the population look lusciously green and grow in almost every garden. Uganda is known as a fertile country.
However the news from Western Uganda at the moment is very different. With little rain for many months, the situation has been spiralling downwards. First it meant bringing the animals miles to find water, now people and animals are struggling to survive. This is a place where people live off the land, but the crops have failed, most of the cows have no milk and even water has to be bought from a distant place. The schools have closed and people there wonder where the next drink will come from.
We are delighted to be able to support a family which means they can buy a litre of milk for each person per day. Thanks so much for your support in this!
Please pray for a breakthrough that the rain will return to the land and that there will be a new harvest.
If you would like to read more about this situation, here are some other articles about the drought in Western Uganda. Just click on the links below:
Update November '09
In some parts there has been pockets of rain which means that farmers have some water for their animals but they need more rain. So please keep praying for more rain for farmers to feed their animals and grow food for their families.