The Rotary Club of Bukoto’s signature project “Adopt A Village – Kabutemba” is located in a remote area in Gomba District, 60 miles from Kampala. The members of this community are impoverished and mainly survive on subsistence agriculture. The population in the village is steadily rising and currently has over 300 households with an average of 10 people per household.
At the inception of this project, this community was challenged with lack of clean drinking water, economic activities and gender based violence. The average distance a child had to walk to go to school was 8 kilometres which posed several dangers to the child especially, the girl child who were targets of rape and sexual abuse as they walked to and from school. This distance also was the biggest cause of school absenteeism and dropouts.
 
With that in mind, the Rotary Club of Bukoto decided to adopt the entire village so as to create radical and holistic changes. The following are the five thematic areas which have been focused on in the adopt the village project. These interventions are aligned to the Rotary areas of focus namely: Basic education & literacy, Water & Sanitation, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Maternal & Child health as well as Economic Empowerment and Development
 
  1. Education
 
RC Bukoto has built a school in Kabutemba and continues to support pupils through a cost sharing strategy on fees and scholastic materials and scholarships beyond primary education. The St Peter’s Community Primary school project was started in 2013 and so far six classrooms, one multi-purpose hall, a 30,000 litre water tank, have been constructed. Currently the Club is constructing four teachers’ quarters and is planning four more to help with the recruitment of the qualified teachers who have expressed remoteness of the areas as an impeding factor to their availability. Every rotary year, each President ensures that a either a classroom block or a teacher house is put up during his/her tenure. The Rotaract Club of Bukoto has been instrumental in equipping the school with furniture, scholastic materials and active participation on RFHDs.
 
To create community ownership of the project, the Club involved the members of the community in this project from the onset. They initially used to make blocks that were used to construct the first classroom block. Later on the Rotary Community Corps (RCC) of Kabutemba was formed to ensure continued interaction with and involvement of the members of the community who have been instrumental in ensuring the safety/security of the property of the school. The Club has also economically empowered them to ensure continued interaction with and involvement of the members of the community who have been instrumental in ensuring the safety/security of the property of the school.
 
 
  1. Health
Every year the Rotary Club of Bukoto organises the Rotary Family Health Day at Kabutemba to provide  free medical treatment to all members of the community. District health officials are involved for proper referrals and sustainability. Other activities that have also been carried out include planting of fruit trees on the school premises, provision of tooth brushes and toothpaste, provision of Mama kits to expectant mothers, free HIV/AIDS testing, awareness sessions on proper sanitation and hygiene and making of reusable sanitary pads.

 

           
  1. Economic Empowerment and Development
RC Bukoto in pursuit of economic prosperity, have provided elementary farming equipment’s such as hoes and spray pumps and also provided seedlings to villagers. It has also economically empowered the RCC through the provision of piglets, seeds, farming tools and also buying from them their foodstuffs.

 

 
  1. WATER AND SANITATION
RC Bukoto has built two water tanks in Kabutemba 30,000 and 10,000 liters to improve access to water in the village with the Support of partners like American Towers Co.
 
CHALLENGES
 
Initially the school enrolled 197 pupils, however, with time this number has steady dropped and to-date there are only 82 pupils which is less than half of the number of pupils left. This has been attributed to failure of the parents to afford the school fees. This has also posed a challenge in paying the teachers on time and getting better qualified teachers. That is why there is a need for the teacher’s quarters to be built so we can have more qualified teachers. A plan for cost-sharing on school fees is being designed by the club to ease the burden of fees in the short term while in the long-term, the club hopes to engage the local government administration to take up the school under its Government of Uganda Universal Primary Education program.
 
In terms of the hardware part of the project, limited funds have been a big challenge for the project since most funds have been raised locally by members and well-wishers. To date, most of the walls of the classrooms still need plastering and painting, most windows do not have glasses, the doors and floors  need renovation works.
 
In the community, RC Bukoto would like to have more than the two rainwater harvest tanks to increase access to clean in the community.