On July 26th, 2017, Project Matthew partnered with Omega Missions and traveled nearly nine hours northeast to the Karamoja region. The goal of the trip was to provide an emergency food supply to a community struggling with food security, as well as to survey the area for future potential agricultural projects. Project Matthew supplied 220 lbs of maize grain (posho), which was given to 110 local people.
Karamoja is one of the regions of the world which has consistently experienced severe hunger, malnutrition and starvation. The local people we met—including the children—looked very malnourished and received us with a great deal of gratitude. We met with the tribal leader, Mama Christine, who invited us back to her community to implement future agricultural development programs.
We also conducted research on the region which is a savannah land with shrub thorn trees. There were no gardens and none of the land we saw looked like it has ever been used for growing food. When we visited the local markets (which takes place only weekly), we found fresh food such as tomatoes, onions, potatoes, cassava, etc. But we were informed that most of these items weren’t from this location, which showed that growing food in the region is at a minimal.
We spent some time educating the local people about how food can be planted and grown in this area, including irrigation methods.
Our long-term goal with this at-risk community is to create a practical agricultural program for them to implement which would include irrigation and green houses. We would also like to start a Child Food Development Club which would educate children on agricultural practices in order to help assure food-security for future generations.