The Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT) is implementing an integrated human and rural development programme since 1987. The URDT was established when the founders observed that most development efforts did not create long-lasting results. Any progress made by an individual was often cut short by the weakest link in that person's life. For example, child might successfully enrol in school, but then die of malaria. Or a woman might learn how to start small business, but then be prevented by her husband from doing so. The holistic approach seems more effective to cause systemic change in developing countries.
URDT is not-for-profit organisation that endeavours to enable the people of Uganda, and in particular Kibaale District, to create for themselves: PROSPERITY, PEACE, HEALTH, FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS, through series of interconnected programmes.
URDT believes that education, training, demonstration, consciousness raising and information sharing, are effective strategies for economic growth, social, cultural and political development.
URDT's programme supplements the efforts of the Ugandan Government through:
i) relevant and quality education and training
ii) community radio and resource centres
iii) advocacy and promotion of collaborative and peaceful ways of resolving differences and healing wounds of the past
Over two decades of work in training local people and especially women to become leaders of their own lives and communities, URDT can show inspiring successes in how rural communities changed and created prosperity. URDT has touched thousands of lives and has received accolades from international organizations for its innovative approaches and measurable results.
URDT campus, based in Kagadi village in Kibaale District, is centre activating all kinds of progress throughout the region: sustainable agriculture practices, farming as business, rural road and school construction, spring protection and water harvesting, environmental sanitation, preventive health care (including HIV/AIDSprevention and positive living), peace and reconciliation, formation of farmers' cooperatives, local entrepreneurship centres and much more.
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