Omadira community is located in Arapai Sub-County, approximately eight kilometers (five miles) northeast of Soroti Town, along Soroti – Amuria road and about 325 kilometers northeast of Kampala.
Omadira is one of the areas hit by civil wars in Teso and also natural calamities like floods/water logging, drought, and most recently army worm. The combination of these and other factors disrupted the livelihood to the local population thus perpetuating poverty.
Omadira community being at the periphery of Soroti town is trapped by city expansion. The population has been accustomed to rural life setting and lifestyle, but the city expansion has included Omadira to be part of the city divisions with limited knowledge and resource to cope with the city expansion.
CarePoint Leader Name: Steven Enyeru
Number of Friendships Available: 150-300
Other Partnerships at CarePoint: None
Economic: The economy of Omadira, like the rest of the country, is predominantly dependent on smallholder agricultural production characterized by low-input/low-output. Low income among the community limits them to invest in businesses and intensive food production to meet the demand from the urban center. In the struggle to make ends meet, the population is engaged mostly in brick making, small-scale retail businesses in the trading centers, citrus fruit growing, among others.
Gender: The children and youth are generally impoverished, owning very little or no assets of any form. The boys are often given priority over girls, but have to wait for the death of their father to inherit the family resources, land being the main resource. The girl children inherit no share; instead, they are to be given away for bride wealth.
Education: Omadira faces major challenges in providing quality and accessible basic education to children and adolescents. Many parents are not able to enroll their children to good schools and higher institutions of learning because they cannot afford to pay huge amounts of money for school fees leading to the high rate of school dropouts, causing drug abuse by most of the children. Many children do not complete their schooling, nor have the competencies needed to do well in life. Many schools also do not have the facilities to provide food to students at midday.
Health: The area has trained Village Health Teams (VHTs) and a health center but all these are affected by poor and erratic drug distribution, inadequate numbers of medical staff, lack of adequate equipment, and lack of running water and electricity. Health services are still poor in the area and people are forced to walk long distances to buy drugs from small private drug shops or go to the main hospital in Soroti. HIV/AIDS is also a challenging crisis that has a negative impact and adverse effects on development in Omadira
Agriculture: Food and nutrition security remains a challenge for human welfare and economic growth in Omadira. The majority of people in this community are unable to acquire and effectively utilize the food they need for a healthy life because of low production levels and pressure on the little food produced. Agriculture has generally been affected by climate change and reducing production. The community depends on subsistence agriculture and whenever there are disruptions in the seasons, it also reduces the harvests. They also rear animals like cows, goats, sheep, pigs and chickens which sometimes are sold in the market to earn some money to afford other basic needs.
Estimated Project and Program Cost Over 10 Years (Programs and Projects): $412,324
Types of Initial Programs Projected: $303,750
Types of Initial Projects Projected: $108,574
Land and Fencing: $20,000
Carepoint Facility Construction: $34,287
Income-Generating Activities: $44,287
Capacity Building/ Mentorship: $10,000
Largest Project Cost: Income-Generating Activities: $44,287
Our intent here is to provide a brief overview of the ideas and vision for this community that are hoped to be realized while we continue to work, train and implement effectively. The items and estimations in here are based on historical programming and project costs, in similar areas (if applicable), archived over time, in the country and are subject to change. For each CarePoint and community, a formal Community Profile and Risk Assessment will have been completed by our staff before we begin programming. Those factors, combined with the vision and dreams of the community are combined to form a comprehensive plan for this community over time. Every project cost that has been listed will be evaluated with a formal proposal and evaluation when it comes time to fundraise and implement the project.
The HopeChest Team Supporting Omadira
Community Partnership Manager
HopeChest Partnership Leader