Empower and Care Organization (EACO)
Sustainable Land Management, Biodiversity / Nature Conservation
Empower and Care Organization (EACO) was founded in 2004 at the community level and was registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO) in 2006 (registration number MG/2006/10/294). EACO was established to address the limited educational and economic opportunities that exist for vulnerable groups of women and children in Mukono County. EACO’s vision is that, by implementing activities that provide these opportunities, it will contribute to the reduction of poverty and HIV/AIDS in the Mukono community. In Mukono and many parts of Uganda, women and girl children are responsible for collecting water and firewood. As these resources become scarce in the face of increasingly erratic rainfall, they must spend more time looking for and collecting them, further reducing the time they have available to engaging in economic activities, or attending school. Climate Change is increasing the burden of rural women by forcing them to walk further to find water and other resources like firewood. Among pastoralists, scarcity of resources such as pasture and water disrupts the normal home life, as men also have to move further from homes to look for these resources for their livestock. The women in turn have to look for nutritious alternatives which often enough are not easily available. Another way in which climate change impacts on the smallholder farming communities in Mukono and other parts of Uganda is the increase in incidents of diseases such as malaria and cholera due to increased heat, floods, and related poor sanitation which are common in Uganda. The vision and philosophy of EACO is based on the belief that every human being is a unique individual and that we all have a right to good health and basic needs and should access means to a comfortable life in one way or another.