Groundnut Project “…and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 For nearly 30 years Uganda has faced one of the longest civil wars in Africa’s history. Widespread human rights violations have been reported, with 100,000 people killed, more than 20,000 children abducted and 1.5 million people displaced. Not only do internally displaced people have to face many years of living in camps, often away from their homes and families. Many face other forms of disadvantage: widowhood; single parent families; HIV/AIDS; disabilities; being elderly or a child caring for young siblings as their parents have died. Our work Our partners, Youth Action Uganda based in Katakwi district in Soroti, seek to change the culture of violence within this region by helping internally displaced people to farm their lands successfully. Through the simple act of planting, growing and harvesting groundnuts, they are learning to live successful and fruitful lives in united and peaceful communities. Since 2011, Rope and our partners have helped 1,000 vulnerable people to move from subsistence to modern farming. Each year 200 farmers are given seed, training and support so they learn how to plant, grow and successfully harvest groundnuts. Once they have their first crop of groundnuts, they donate half a bag back to the project and keep the rest. Many farmers have gone on to use their income to grow different crops and plant fruit trees and buy and rear cattle. Income has been used to support their families, pay medical bills and school fees and to buy land and build homes. "I was helped when I needed it most" Joyce, a 51 year old widow, whose husband was gunned down by rebels, cares for 10 children. She was helped by our partners and now grows beans, simsim, sweet potatoes as well as groundnuts. With income she can pay for the children’s school fees and is currently building the family a new home! Lenten Groundnut Appeal - Thank you We send out heartfelt thanks to everyone who recently supported our Lent Appeal. With your help we raised £6,000 for farmers, whose crop failed to grow last year due to the drought. With your help all 200 farmers now have drought-resistant groundnuts to plant. We praise God for your generosity!