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  • 2021 CSRL Annual Report Cover Photo

    The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods has released the 2021 annual donor impact report "Spirit of Innovation." In the opening message Director, Dr. David Acker reflects on the tremendous spirit of innovation. Also included are updates on current ISU graduate students from Uganda, stories on the work of each program area, and measurable impacts made possible through generous donor support.

  • Ugandan children at school

    We did it! Thank you very much for helping us exceed our goal!

    We at the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods and our Iowa State University–Uganda Program team in Kamuli are truly grateful to you for supporting our new Early Childhood Development program. Your contributions helped exceed our $30,000 goal by raising a total of $36,520!

    Thanks to you, pre-school-age children in the Kamuli district will have a more substantial opportunity for a brighter future. Your contributions will be directed toward improved nutrition, age-appropriate learning materials, more teachers’ aides/assistants, and appropriate school infrastructure, including classrooms, latrines, kitchens, and playgrounds that support safety, sanitation, and engaged learning.  

  • Can you believe that December is almost here?! It's Giving Tuesday and a perfect way to wrap up the FundISU CSRL Uganda Early Childhood Development campaign. Thanks to our generous donors we have reached 87% of our goal! And there is still time to make a gift to push us to our goal before this project ends on December 01, at 11:59 PM CST.

    Every dollar makes a difference- https://fundisu.foundation.iastate.edu/CSRL2021 

  • Children reading

    CSRL FundISU Campaign - Thankful for Story Time

    In the U.S. most of us have access to books for free through our neighborhood public library. However, books are not commonplace items in Uganda. One reason is that they are not affordable to most rural families. One book could cost the equivalent of a week’s worth of groceries! (bbc.com/news/world-africa-36230245). An outcome of this is that eight of every ten children of 10 years or under in Uganda cannot read (africanlibraryproject.org/). Join the CSRL Uganda Early Childhood Development campaign to help change this.

  • Ugandan children playground

    CSRL FundISU Campaign - Better Future For Every Child

    World Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children (UN.org). We invite you to take action through the CSRL Uganda Early Childhood Development campaign.

  • Nutritious meal

    CSRL FundISU Campaign - Setting the table, setting the future

    Kid-friendly dishes and kid-size furniture are much more than cute. Building a positive learning environment sets the table for the future. Learning environments are nurturing spaces that support the development of young children and include age-appropriate equipment, materials, and supplies.

    Well-designed classroom environments for pre-school age children:

  • Pre-school/kindergarten children at Nakanyonyi Primary School in a classroom with very basic supplies

    CSRL FundISU Campaign - Teachers - the building blocks of learning

    Addressing early childhood development and nutrition is a crucial step in CSRL’s Theory of Change to ending hunger. With your help, the Iowa State University-Uganda Program in partnership with schools in the Kamuli district will make quality early childhood development available. https://fundisu.foundation.iastate.edu/project/28008

  • Nourishing young minds

    CSRL FundISU Campaign - Nourishment for young minds and bodies

    The brain is an energy-hungry organ. Despite comprising only 2 percent of the body’s weight, the brain gobbles up more than 20 percent of daily energy intake. Because the brain demands such high amounts of energy, the foods we consume greatly affect brain function, including everything from learning and memory to emotions.  [BrainFacts.org]

    Healthy eating is particularly important in childhood for proper growth and development and to prevent various health conditions. Eating a healthy breakfast is associated with improved cognitive function, reduced absenteeism, and improved mood. [CDC.gov]

  • Join us in our effort in our "Early Childhood Development FundISU Campaign" to ensure a promising future for pre-school-age children in Kamuli District, Uganda by investing in their growth and development. Early Childhood Education is critical in the formative years of children for developing intellectual, social, and emotional skills. You can help us to provide age-appropriate learning materials, improve nutrition through adequate meals throughout the day, increase the number of teachers’ aides/assistants, and improve school infrastructure. We invite you to learn how the ISU-Uganda Program (ISU-UP) is working to improve the outlook for pre-school age children and how your financial donation will make a difference.

  • Youngs conducts pig backfat measurement training

    Curt Youngs, ME Ensminger Endowed Chair of International Animal Agriculture and professor of animal science, traveled to the east African country of Uganda in June 2021 in his role as associate director of livestock and animal health programs for the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

  • USI-UP Vaccination Clinic

    Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Gideon Nadiope, national director of the Iowa State University – Uganda Program, 44 staff members at the Mpirigiti Rural Training Center in Uganda received the first of two doses of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine April 12.

  • CSRL 2020 Annual Donor Impact Report

    CSRL 2020 Annual Donor Impact Report Available

    The report’s theme, “Sustaining resiliency,” reflects the fortitude of the ISU-Uganda Program team during this unprecedented year. It includes coverage of the special COVID relief and rehabilitation efforts that are making it possible for marginalized, rural Ugandans to make it through the pandemic and emerge ready to rebuild themselves and their communities. Overall, this report illustrates what is possible when philanthropy unites with Iowa State’s land-grant mission for a passionate — and compassionate — vision for progress against hunger and poverty. We hope you enjoy reading it, and sharing with others.

  • ISU-UP_Pupilmakingfacemasks_2020

    ISU-UGANDA PROGRAM FINDS NEW WAYS TO SERVE

    Some people must walk miles to reach clean water in Uganda. This is more of a hardship than ever, when regularly washing one’s hands or face covering can prevent infection from COVID-19.

    Life-saving water is now more available in the country’s Kamuli and Buyende districts, thanks to Iowa State University’s Uganda Program,
    part of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. With leadership from the program, three
    new boreholes (deep wells) now supply needed water to about 1,660 households, a hospital, schools and a nutrition education center.

  • Ugandans planting seeds

    We at the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods are truly inspired by the outpouring of support for our COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda campaign. Your contributions helped to exceed our $25,000 goal by raising a total of $27,720 before the $25,000 match, bringing the final amount raised to $52,720 from a record 142 generous donors!

    Thanks to you, vulnerable families throughout Kamuli and Buyende districts are receiving food, blankets, soap, face masks, educational materials, safe water, sanitary facilities, and the planting materials necessary for individuals and communities to successfully emerge from this very difficult pandemic period. Because of your help, the seeds to recovery are literally being planted.

  • Butooli B borehole in Buyende District

    Keep it running - CSRL COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda Campaign

    We have all become very familiar with the guideline: Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and clean water.

    Going to the washroom and turning on the tap is something we tend to take for granted. Now imagine fighting the COVID crisis when the water you need to haul home for use is from a sketchy source a mile away.

  • Pupil utilizing treadle sewing machine to make face masks

    Sew Support - CSRL COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda Campaign

    Before the pandemic effectively shuttered local markets and forced suspension of schools, sewing machines provided by CSRL’s ISU-Uganda Program were being utilized for two primary purposes. First, they were being used by mothers who had graduated from the Nutrition Education Center program to create income-generating products. And second, they were used by students to make washable, sanitary pads for menstruating girls, which helps keep them in school.

  • Ajulongo Ruth receives a bag of cassava cuttings to replant her garden

    Invest in regrowth - CSRL COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda Campaign

    The climate in Uganda lends itself to the possibility of two growing seasons each year. This year, the Busoga sub-region experienced high levels of rainfall throughout the first season which continued through the second planting season. Parts of the region along the Nile river complex were completely flooded, displacing entire communities. This was then followed by a prolonged dry spell. The resulting low yields and total crop failures left already marginalized households with depleted food supplies, no food income, and no seed or grains to replant. Conditions were further complicated by the global pandemic which disrupted transportation and the supply chain, leaving access to agricultural inputs out of rural farmers’ reach. 

  • Mother preparing nutrient densde porrige made from ISU-UP fortitied flour for herself and her infant.

    Provide Nourishment - CSRL COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda Campaign

    Prior to the pandemic lockdown, each day mothers of malnourished infants would carry their babies to the ISU-UP nutrition education center in their community for assistance. There, mothers would meet as a group and prepare a nutritious porridge. Then both breastfeeding mothers and infants would consume a cup of this life-saving formula, and take some home for another meal later in the day. These group gatherings also served as a venue for training in nutrition, gardening, visits by district nurses, and social support among other services.

  • Chairperson of TwabakorangZone receiving and distributing papers of Nakanyonyi primary school

    Encourage Learning - CSRL COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda Campaign

    A big THANK YOU to all who are making a difference through your contributions to the CSRL COVID relief and rehabilitation effort. We will be sharing a short story update each week of the campaign. Please share it with a friend! 

    In a normal year, CSRL supports education in Kamuli district through service-learning, the school lunch program, and school gardens programs among other activities. But this is certainly not a normal year.

    In Uganda, COVID-19 has restricted travel and prohibited group meetings, resulting in schools being shuttered and thus disruption of ISU-UP supported school lunch programs, a benefit that increases school attendance and nourishes minds. This has resulted in decreased learning and increased undernutrition.

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