Creating Lasting Change

Kira Farm Development Centre

Every January, 40 precious young people enter the gates of Kira Farm, an innovative training centre set in 22-acres of fertile Ugandan land.

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When the new trainees arrive they are full of hope and trepidation. Some have lost parents to HIV, others have been forced to fight as child soldiers - all have grown up in poverty.

While they might be hungry and poor, they need more than regular meals and money in their pocket; they need the belief that they can change their lives and the vision of what a better future could be. It's a life-changing year for everyone involved.

This is a picture of Kira students carrying out a traditional dance with bright coloured skirts and instruments

The one year programme focuses on three main areas:
* Conservation Farming
* Vocational Training
* Holistic Life Skills

This is a picture of two Kira farm students farming in the Maize fields

And guess what? The programme is working! 

Only 17% of young people are employed in Uganda

100% of Kira graduates are in employment

FARMING: A simple solution to three meals a day

Although many young people in Uganda have access to fertile land, they often live off just one meal a day because no one has taught them how to farm effectively due to their parents’ generation being wiped out by conflict and HIV. Ironically vast areas of Uganda which lie barren could yield abundant crops.

Kira trainees learn conservation farming techniques which are environmentally friendly and equip graduates with the skills to feed themselves, and their extended families, three meals a day. They are also able to grow extra crops to sell and use the spare income to pay for their children to go to school and purchase essential items such as soap and salt. Find out more about our farming methods.

Conservation farming increases crop yields up to four-fold

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” 

VOCATIONAL TRAINING: Setting up small businesses

Uganda has both the youngest population in the world and the highest rates of youth unemployment. The solution? Young people setting up small businesses. During the 12 month residential course students learn vocational skills alongside farming methods. They can choose to focus on:

  • Tailoring
  • Carpentry
  • Bicycle repairs
  • Bee-keeping
  • Hairdressing and Beauty
  • Construction

This is a picture of a Kira student using a sewing machine in her tailoring class

When they complete their course the trainees can acquire the tools they need (eg a sewing machine, carpentry kit...), via micro-finance, to set themselves up in business. The same applies for seeds and farming equipment.

Thanks to some fine tuning over the years we're proud to say that today 100% of graduates have gone on to set up successful small businesses

HOLISTIC LIFE SKILLS: Working on the inside

Young people in Uganda are full of potential, energy and talent, but they are trapped in a cycle of poverty. At Kira we aim to change the mindset of the trainees and help them see what they can do for themselves.

This is a picture of cohort of Kira farm students on their graduation day in Uganda

We believe in holistic social transformation and throughout the year the trainees complete courses in character development, conflict resolution, Biblical discipleship, health and hygiene, and nutrition.

The sheer determination and hard work of previous trainees, often in the face of great obstacles, has seen them transform their lives. This change can be exponential, as every young person passes on what they have learnt to their communities.

This is an info-graphic describing the journey of a Kira student

DID YOU KNOW? Uganda has the youngest population in the world

Kira graduate, Prisca, was a former child soldier in the Lord's Resistance Army. Find out how her life has been transformed. 

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