Ndikyo Farm & Housing Project

Project Goal and Vision

Ndikyo translated from the Lumasaba language of the bagisu people from Eastern Uganda is "I am that… the root". It is a call that speaks to the individual in need to rise up and initiate change from within, to be the root of one’s own development. To lay the foundation upon which others can build upon, so that they can become self-reliant. That is the vision of the Ndikyo Project.

Our goal is to initiate and facilitate the use of new technology and extension services that are cost effective, affordable, eco-friendly and sustainable in improving the livelihoods of individual households and communities within the country.

Project Concept

Currently at over 42 million inhabitants, the Ugandan population is set to double by 2050. With such unprecedented growth, a number of existing challenges around Food Security and Affordable housing will become acute if there are not adequate interventions from Government, NGOs and the Private Sector. The Country is seeing marked urbanization and increased consumer spending, and its young population has expectations that need to be met.

The Country’s substantial population growth, together with rapid urbanization, translates into massive demand for affordable and middle – income housing in densely populated estates of less than half an acre per household due to increased land prices. Besides shelter being one of the most basic needs that must be satisfied, most economic activity starts by owning a house, as it is the primary asset that people pledge in order to access capital for their entrepreneurial activities.

The dominant economic activity in Uganda is Farming. When farmers improve their harvests, they pull themselves out of poverty. They also start producing surplus food for their neighbors. When farmers prosper, they eradicate poverty and hunger in their communities. Thus the related importance of both affordable housing and agricultural productivity is the focus of the Ndikyo Project in its effort to promote development of the nation.

The Ndikyo project is about expanding food and housing markets to have a meaningful impact on employment, both unskilled and skilled, and create stable social environments in which other economic activities can prosper. It aims at adding meaning at all levels, enabling the value chain in food security to become more integrated, predictable and profitable. It is also about economic development that is inclusive of surrounding communities, while remaining cognizant of environmental and social issues.

The Project is therefore an outcome of a need to address the factors affecting the agriculture and housing industry, further fueled by the consecutive landslides affecting the Mt. Elgon region, caused by a population explosion and massive land exploitation on the slopes of the mountain, which created masses of people in critical need of resettlement and income generation intervention to restore their livelihoods and avert any further disasters in the region.

Background

The Mt. Elgon area is a high-risk area for landslides, and many mud flows have occurred there dating back to 1933.

Newspaper

According to the New Vision of 25th August 2017 as shown, there is an impending threat to 40,000 people as cracks on the mountain deepen.

Such risk of major future landslides due to the heavy rains the area is prone to facing, coupled with the increased population and cultivation of land for food, creates an urgent need to resettle the over 100,000 people living in the risk prone areas, and requires the concerted efforts of all to achieve such an overwhelming task.

The government of Uganda has been involved, resettling 608 families in 2010 to the Kiryandongo Resettlement and acquiring 2,880 acres of land in 2016 to resettle people to Bunambutye, Bulambuli.

The intent of the Ndikyo project is to build an EcoVillage, with safe housing, water, sanitation, power and food security. There has been a natural reluctance for people to leave their own communities, however treacherous they may have been. If offered a better, safer life for themselves and their children, with power to each home, schools for the children, safe water, sanitation and plenty of food to consume and sell because of hydroponics, many more will want to come

FACT FILE: Mount Elgon Region

1933
25 people killed while celebrating a harvest
1964
18 people killed
1977
48 people killed and 10,000 displaced
2nd March 2010
A Landslide swept the slopes of Mt Elgon totally destroying three villages in Bududa district namely; Kubehwo, Namangasa and Nametsi in Bukalasi sub-county. 92 out of the 365 bodies were recovered and only 31 survived.
25th August 2011
40 people killed in Bulambuli district. The Red Cross indicated that 24,500 households were affected in Mabono, Meru, Bunambutye, Bwikhonge, Nabongo and Muyembe. Floods blocked roads and collapsed latrines, causing massive water contamination and food, shelter and clothing shortage.
25th June 2012
Heavy landslides occurred in Bunakasala parish, Bududa district sweeping through four villages after a heavy downfall lasting two days. According to the Red cross society, 18 people went missing, 9 injured, 72 survived, 15 houses were buried and 448 people were un accounted for.
10th August 2013
Landslides severely affect 5 villages in Namurumba, Bushiyi and Mutuwa Parishes following three days of downpour and hailstorms, bursting the banks of river Manafwa, causing, further flooding, destroying homes and vast crop fields. 3,000 people were displaced.
This has since left up to 10,000 people living on the foothills of Mt Elgon in dire straits and in need of relocation to lower, safer ground.
2014
Bushika and Nakatsi Land and Mud slides
2016
Bushika Naposhi and Bushiyi Matuwa land and mudslides, all destroying homes and property.
27th August 2017
according to the Monitor Newspaper, a landslide destroyed 3 villages in Bulucheke Subcounty in Bududa district, knocking down houses, burying livestock and displacing 200 people from 40 families, while on 28th August 2017, a landslide killed 4 people in Sironko district and while others are still reported missing