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Uganda Appeal: Visiting the aid village

Uganda village

9:37pm 16th July 2017
(Updated 6:00am 17th July 2017)

Stepping off the bus at Lwanjaba and the stench of fish hits you immediately.

This small fishing village on Lake Victoria is home to 1000 people and there's just one toilet.

The organisation ACCU got involved here to try and help the many, many families as Sam Nsubuga explains:

"Promoting children's rights is our main objective. We are trying our best to ensure that all children access their rights. That could be going to school or where there is a need building a house, doing that with what resources we have".

ACCU was set up by Sam, he's a social worker and decided there was more he could do to help the very poorest communities. This village is just one of them.

[PIC: The toilet block shared by 1000 people]

Levels of poverty in Uganda are falling, according to the 2016 Uganda Poverty Assessment the percentage of those living in poverty stands at 19.9%. There are successes being made in this country but there are still people living in extreme poverty and that is evident here in Lwanjaba.

[PIC: Sam Nsubunga being interviewed by 2BR's Sarah Collins]

Most of the families here live on as little as 20,000 shillings a month that's around £5. Up to 8 people share a houses that are little more than box rooms.

"Our logo is empower the community" says Sam.

"We are trying our best to do that and to support the community leaders in this area".

[PIC: Silver fish are laid out across the village for drying, it's a huge source of income for families here]

It’s all about helping people to find a source of income. That means fishing for silver fish, providing women with sewing machines or making sure kids get the chance to go to school, and it does work.

There’s a lot to do here but you can see the signs of progress being made, Sam took Sarah Collins and the QEGS group round the village where we met various people struggling to live but getting a hand up.

Hear from the village chief here, Sam interpreted what he said:

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