Writer of fast-moving action/adventures
'Before' sketch of village.
Pictures such as this are used to engage participants with the StepUp programme.
Prior to engaging with the StepUp programme, many huts will have deteriorated to this state.
'After' sketch of village.
This sketch realistically shows what StepUp can achieve for the normal village.
Photograpoh of a village that is engaging with the StepUp programme. Huts are in a good state of repair, and the compound is being kept clean and tidy.
Village training session under StepUp.
The StepUp programme sees trainers visiting villages weekly. All participants have to commit, from the outset, to attending every week. The training is participatory, with the participants being encouraged to contribute their own solutions to problems.
Crops neatly planted and doing well.
the StepUp programme teaches improved agricultural techniques, which can lead to results like this.
StepUp farmer with his crops.
With training through StepUp, it is possible to produce results like these.
StepUp - family ploughing field with cattle.
When StepUp families start to increase their incomes, it becomes possible to buy useful assets, such as the cattle used here for ploughing.
StepUp produce displayed at market.
Under the StepUp programme, households are soon able to boostboth their nutritional intake and their incomes by working to achieve good crop yields.
StepUp produce displayed at market.
StepUp farmer proudly showing off the results of her hard work.
StepUp programme, Lira, northern Uganda.
The amazing progress under StepUp has to be seen to be believed.
StepUp farmers at market.
Selling produce at market enables StepUp participants to send their children to school, to afford health care, and to buy items to improve their lives.
beating crops in village.jpg
Once StepUp families start to increase their incomes, it becomes possible to expand their efforts - for example, by branching out into livestock farming.
Sighting freshwater sources closer to StepUp villages is key to improving community health. this also ensures that children can be freed fro the time-consuming task of repeatedly walking many miles to obtain water that is often contaminated - a task that prevents many going to school.
The aim is that every village on the StepUp programme should have ready access to clean water.
Where there is a freshwater sporing already in close proximity to a StepUp village, it must be protected to prevent contamination.
Building a protected spring.
Although local villagers don't have the technical skills to build a protected spring entirely by themselves, they can offer free labour in order to get the project completed at minimum cost.
Newly-completed protected spring.
Local participants in the StepUp programme proudly survey their work.
Sanitation and hygiene - drying dishes.
Provision of clean water has to be accompanied by better practices in sanitation and hygiene if community health is to improve. here a StepUp participant uses a dish-drying rack.
Prior to the arrival of StepUp, open defecation in villages is common. stepUp teaches the need to construct household lavatories.
Traditional inefficient cooking method.
Using this technique, it is difficult to keep a pot on the boil and time-consuming to get going. This contributes to families eating only one meal per day.
StepUp teaches the value of constructing energy-efficient ovens. These stay hot over a long period of time, thereby easing cooking preparation and conrtibuting to families being able to eat three meals per day. When situated with huts, ventilation holes ensure that fumes are drawn outside.
Small business in action.
StepUp encourages participants to diversify their income streams in oirder to spread risk. Here, a small cooperative sells reusable sanitary towels at market.
Dancing with locals to celebrate the opening of a new freshwater borehole.
Discussing the progress of StepUp with village leaders.
Walking to the well.
Joining villagers in a procession to open a new well. Everyone's singing and clapping (and i would be too, if I knew the words!).
Out of gallery