Teso Diaspora Community Fundraising for Food Relief

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In short
Dubbed Teso Food Appeal, the campaign is coordinated by Iteso Welfare Association, an umbrella group of Itesot in Diaspora. They are targeting to raise a total of 60 million Shillings from friends and well-wishers to secure up to 20 metric tons of relief food.

Members of the Teso community in the Diaspora have embarked on a fundraising drive to aid hundreds of households threatened by hunger in Teso sub region.

Dubbed 'Teso Food Appeal', the campaign is coordinated by Iteso Welfare Association, an umbrella group of Itesot in Diaspora. They are targeting to raise a total of 60 million Shillings from friends and well-wishers to secure up to 20 metric tons of relief food.

A report released early this year by the Office of the Prime Minister indicated that at least 10.9 million Ugandans were facing acute food insecurity and warned of a looming disaster should the first planting season rains fail. 

Teso was listed as one of the most food-insecure sub-regions. The others were Karamoja, Bukedi, the cattle corridor, parts of Busoga, Lango, Acholi, West Nile and parts of central Buganda where more at least 1.6 million people were already battling acute foot shortages.

The worrying trend emanated from the prolonged drought that affected the country in 2015 and part of 2016 leading to poor or no crops harvest in 2016. As a result, communities in Bukedea, Katakwi, Kumi, Ngora, Soroti, Amuria, and Serere in Teso sub region were reported to be headed to a famine situation.

Tom Okello, the coordinator of Iteso Welfare Association says the dire need for food is the basis for the campaign programmed to run for about three months. He says the first quarter shall have about 20 metric tons of relief food items bought and distributed to the starving community.
 
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Okello says they have so far realized a total of 19 million Shillings within just a week into the campaign.
 
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This campaign has attracted excitement among persons living with HIV/AIDs in the region.

Michael Ateria, a resident from Katakwi district welcomed the initiative saying it will go a long way in supporting families whose livelihood is now threatened due to lack of food.
 
Harriet Amongin 47, a resident of Eastern Ward in Soroti town urged for transparency in the management of cash realized during the campaign so that its proceeds can reach the intended starving community.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.