The Namutumba K.I.D.S. Rescue Unit — The village of Namutumba is located very near the major highway between Iganga and Mbale (hum the “m” and add the word ballet…..as in the dance, and you’re close to the right pronunciation). It is considered one of the major roadways in Uganda, passing only some 5 miles or so from the western border of Kenya. It is heavily used for both national and international trade between Kenya, and Somalia with Uganda. Being a “land-locked” country, Uganda must rely significantly on transportation of goods coming into various ports of these two close by neighbors. Consequently, though not a particularly large community, Namatumba does get some benefit from such a busy highway. Highway, as perhaps visualized from the U.S. perspective may be a stretch. It is a fairly well paved road that is often under construction because of extreme use coupled with seasons of torrential rain.
Small markets along the roadway offer produce and various other goods for sale to the surrounding villages; residents near several of our Rescue Units must bike or motor cycle their products many kilometers to suitable marketplaces. In some regions, transportation of goods add significantly to cost; being close to a major transportation system make prices more competitive and therefore more affordable. However, this region is also very susceptible to recent weather patterns unfavorable to the growing seasons. Food shortages throughout northern and eastern regions of Uganda are becoming common place because of the current severe drought. Resident in this part of Uganda (end especially those less able to fare for themselves……… orphans), will continue to experience incredibly difficult times ahead.
News and Immediate Needs
Namutumba Rescue Unit needs a Granary built — $700.
“We did rehabilitation of our poultry house as we want to start rearing them in doors because at free range, they have been facing a lot of problems ranging from sickness (epidemics), thieves and wild animals and birds which encroach on them. We finished it and now they are now in doors.”
“We had a lively class and the kids really enjoyed the lesson.it was about Truth and we had other bible references. When we asked some questions orally, most of the kids were able to reply and they also asked some questions which we answered. After the class, we gave out some of the items we had prepared. Some kids got bed sheets, nickers and jelly. All kids got books and soap. They went back very happy and we thank God for that.
We are okay and all our children are also doing well.”
The Namutumba Staff
Christopher and Irene Betto
Photos from Namutumba
Namutumba District, sometimes referred to as Busiki District is a district in Eastern Uganda. It’s named after its ‘chief town’, Namutumba, where the district headquarters are located.
It is estimated that the population of Namutumba District in 2012 was approximately 218,900.
Subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry are the two main economic activities in the district. The products grown include rice, groundnuts, sorghum, millet and cassava.
CURRENT REPORT FROM NAMUTUMBA KIDS
June has been a busy month especially to the peasant group, who are the majority of our guardians. Most people have been busy harvesting the first harvest and the rains have also been so heavy .It however subsided towards the end.
All kids are in school and we appreciate the government policy of U.P.E even though there are many challenges that they are facing , we are still continuing .We tried to visit some schools and most candidates classes are busy doing mid-term tests.
Prior to the funding received we managed to purchase posho, beans and rice plus cooking oil, spices and boxes of soap. We are very cheerful to the donors and we pray God continues to provide for them.
We are happy to report that the family vegetable garden have done well this season and we received four guardians who brought to us some eggplants and cabbages from their harvests in appreciation to the support given to them .
We are happy that God will see us through and we shall be able to continue, our prayer is that He provides for the welfare of those dear ones once again pray with us.
For Namutumba KIDS
Mr. /Mrs. BETTO