The Epilepsy Support Association Uganda is an indigenous NGO that brings together people with epilepsy, their families and other people to work towards eliminating the social stigma attached to epilepsy and to create an environment in which epilepsy is better understood, so that those who live with the condition can exercise their full potential and enjoy equal rights. The association mobilizes people with epilepsy to form support groups through which they can meet to share experiences, offer each other mutual support and lobby for better services.
A typical Ugandan household owns approximately five acres of land and keeps, on average, seven goats as well as other domestic animals such as cows, sheep and pigs. Goats are a sign of prestige and a sign of great hospitality according to the African culture. They are also used in marriage dowries.
This project will be carried out in 10 districts and, in each district, three sub counties shall be chosen. The project will buy three goats per sub county, which will be given to three members of the association. The gender of the goats will be considered when providing goats to the first beneficiaries. When the goats produce kids, the first beneficiaries will be asked donate back the offspring, which will, in turn, be given to other members. The project will be carried out in one year.
The project will act as an income generating activity for people with epilepsy and improve their standards of living, create confidence, and improve agricultural skills among people with epilepsy.
The project will receive US$4,999 from the Promising Strategies Program.