Corn Mill Grinding Machine for Uganda refugee Camp

For: Uganda Refugee Camp (Nakivale Camp)
Rochester, NY
Organizer: Rochester Global Refugee Services
Corn Mill Grinding Machine for Uganda refugee Camp (Uganda Refugee Camp (Nakivale Camp))
$1,699
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 35 donors
8% Complete
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Summary of Gap Identified and the National Consultation Recommendation proposed:
Minimum standards of life-saving assistance are provided but malnutrition rates, anemia among pregnant women, low birth rates, and neonatal deaths are unacceptably high due to nutritional deficiencies in the food baskets and limited supplemental feeding programs.
UNHCR and relevant partners need to address the complex factors that can lead to nutritional deficiencies including:
• Addressing the practice of using food for barter; and
Summary of Needs:
Posho is a staple food for the refugee communities in the Nakivale camps. Posho is under constant demand. However, currently, Posho mill grinding machines are of short supply and many refugees see the absence of these services as an inconvenience. In Nakivale, the provision of one Posho mill-grinding machine will respond to the existing high demand in the camps. It is therefore anticipated, that the new management their members will make sure to maintain the Grinding Machines and the running costs. The machines can contribute to the income of their families and at the same time, they provide an important service to the camp communities.

Similarly in Nakivale, posho needs to be ground prior to use, and as there is no effective cash economy, transactions are conducted on a barter basis. For example, an additional cup of maize is given to the people who own the posho mills in exchange for milling the maize. This automatic reduction in the food ration clearly disadvantages the general refugee community. Alternatively not milling, and thereby, cooking the maize in its original form is a drain on other resources in terms of firewood and time consumed in cooking.
Refugees in Nakivale specifically identified the lack of posho mills as a priority that needs to be addressed. Currently manual grinders are used, which not only waste food but also are in short supply. As the mills already are in existence, refugees will be the trainers, and the group to be trained will be vulnerable groups such as orphans, disabled and single mothers who currently prostitute themselves to make ends meet. In discussions with those groups, a strong willingness was expressed to engage in other work if it existed. This project will not only help the orphans and single mothers and disabled to be self-reliant but also enhance and advocate a change in behavior.
The money recovered from the Cooperatives will be used to expand the project by purchasing additional posho mills as the need arises. Alternatively, they can also be used for start-up of other micro-businesses.
Activities Proposed:
Selection of cooperative members
Purchase and installation of Grinding Machines
Training in running and maintaining Grinding Machines
Business Training
Coaching and Monitoring of Cooperatives

Outcome Expected:
Grinding mill services available to camp communities
At least 200 to 350 Project members contribute to the income and discounted grinding price of their families
Suggested Implementing Costs: US$ 10,000.00 (inclusive training costs + Plot of land and 4 months support and monitoring cost, etc.…)
6,000 .00 US$ for 1 Posho Mill Machines (Diesel-powered/electric engines.
670.00 US$ start-up fuel costs
1200.00 US$ Plot of land and building shelters for Posho Mill Machines plus Installation Costs.
160.00 US$ Machine operators training and project workshop to the beneficiaries.
300.00 US$ miscellaneous + Shipping
1,670.00 US$ Support Cost/Labor, machine tool box and monitoring (4 months)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 2, 2017

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Posted on September 2, 2017

Dear friends of refugees and supporters of Rochester Global Refugee Services (RGRS),

Thank you for your very kind donation in which we have been receiving from you all and from different corners of the world. Your generosity will make an immediate difference in the lives of refugees in the Nakivale refugee Camp in Uganda through Corn Mill Grinding Machine relief project for Uganda. The funds raised will go toward supporting widows, orphans and individuals with disabilities in the camp that resulted from war crisis experienced in their home countries.

I would like to share with you about my two months trip to Refugee Camp in Uganda that was intended to implement the Corn Mill Machine project Funded by various donors like you from different backgrounds and Countries all around the World.

During my stay in Uganda, I was able to Build a building for the machine, storage and the office for this project. I was also able to buy a Corn Mill Machine from Kampala Uganda to Mbarara where the refugee camp is located. Most of the work had been done but still your support is still needed to get this machine start running. we were able to buy an electric machine which will be serving 250 refugee families from widows, orphans and individuals with disabilities. 

We are in need of buying a private transformer for the project that is estimated to cost us $ 11,000 or Getting power from tapping on another private company that is estimated to cost us $ 6000. The shared power is not reliable for the efficiency operations of our machine project in the long run but we are encouraging you to keep us in your prayers and supporting us to be able to get this project up and running. 

I would be happy to meet in person for further discussion on how you can support this project, joining RGRS, volunteering opportunities and possible taking a trip to the refugee camp in Uganda in summer 2018.

You are making a difference!

Faziri Ndahiro
Fiunder & President
Rochester Global Refugee Services Inc.
[email protected]
585-465-7802

Posted on June 20, 2017

Posted on June 20, 2017

Let us take this chance to thank everyone who have make a contribution to this project and those who have shared the cause. I would like to say that it is not over yet and we haven't got to our goal. So your contribution is needed if you already made a contribution but you want to help us get to the goal. Please don't hesitate to make another donation or share make calls to friends, relatives and coworkers to help and support the cause.
If you haven't contributed yet please consider doing so, your contribution and your support is more important to us.

Posted on June 20, 2017

Posted on June 20, 2017

Let us take this chance to thank everyone who have make a contribution to this project and those who have shared the cause. I would like to say that it is not over yet and we haven't got to our goal. So your contribution is needed if you already made a contribution but you want to help us get to the goal. Please don't hesitate to make another donation or share make calls to friends, relatives and coworkers to help and support the cause.
If you haven't contributed yet please consider doing so, your contribution and your support is more important to us.

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