Some succeed. Like a project that bought goats for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA). The goats have produced little ones and they have been again distributed among others.
But other projects fail and the consequences follow us for a long time. This happened to our pig project. In 2011, just before going on home assignment, we started this project in Adi, and we wanted people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) to gain from it. Before I left, I went to see where they were and found a mom with four young ones.
When I came back in 2012, I learned that the pigs had been displaced because of illness of the wife of the pig keeper, and no one knew where they were. I only heard that about five months later. We got hold of two pigs that we sold and the others (3 adults) we left with their keeper because of very small piglets of two weeks. Looking back, we should not have done that. Unrest in the area made that we could not follow up on these pigs for a while. Later we heard that the five piglets we had seen were sold.
And only in October 2013 we learned that other piglets (six of them) were born but that they were destroying gardens in the village. We were called to the chief and were told to get those pigs and had to pay a fine. In the end we got 2 big pigs (one male and one female) and 5 small ones that we could sell, except for the big male that was sick and died when I was in Kampala.
It was months after that that the former keeper came with a letter that the pig keeper where the pigs were moved to had borrowed $200 and was to turn it back after a small delay of time. Otherwise he would give a white cow. Well, he didn’t return the money, even not after having asked him several times. Finally, on advice of the church district president, we entered our request with the chief that this cow should be paid. That was the end of last year. The chief worked on it, but the former pig keeper avoided him, didn’t come when summoned and hid himself when police was sent. Until this morning. Okay, he was not at home, and he did hide all his cows except one. So when the police came to his place early this morning, they took this cow. The Adi chief (Nghota) called me at the hospital (it was the day of prenatal clinic and I was doing the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission consultations) that the Kakwa chief had called him saying ‘our’ cow was at the chiefdom. Nghota went with two others this afternoon to get her. I called my friend Myriam already, she is working with the PLWHA in Ingbokolo. For as the pig project was supposed to help them, the cow is theirs.