Mt. Elgon Self-Help Community Projects Limited (MESHCOP) is a Social enterprise established in 2010 with the aim of sparking and sustaining local development initiatives in Eastern Uganda.
We work with individuals and self-help groups who are made vulnerable by poverty, conflict, disease and environmental degradation to improve their lives and their communities through projects that promote self-sufficiency, economic development and the long-term sustainability of our environment.
Vision: We envision a community where all people have equal access to quality care and support, and to keep their hopes and aspirations unclouded.
Mission: To improve the quality of life of rural people affected by poverty, disasters, conflict and disease by working in and with individuals, families and communities to enhance care and support through capacity building, income generation, self-help groups and using our resources in ways that benefit people and environment.
As a Social enterprise, our approach is people centered technique with practical development initiatives. This enables individuals to develop a sense of belonging, hope and empowerment as they work together and learn new skills to make themselves, their families and their communities socially and economically self-sufficient.
We work with individuals and self-help groups who are made vulnerable by poverty, conflict, disease and environmental degradation to improve their lives and their communities through projects that promote self-sufficiency, economic development and the long-term sustainability of our environment. Among the project we currently run include the following;
1. Supporting rural farmers with credit to start small business such as buying and selling agriculture produce. We also teach farmers on crop management and post harvest management.
2. Enabling rural households to acquire renewable systems like solar systems that they use for powering their homes and irrigating their gardens and improved energy saving cook stoves.
3. We also train people how to assemble Solar Panels and making improved cook stoves that use less fuel and smoke free.
Across communities in five (5) districts in Eastern Uganda, we have established a community enabled supply chain network of Women and Youth Entrepreneurs who traverse the local communities, establishing networks with end-users in community groups and local leaders, getting key contacts and using them as focal points for distribution in the local communities.
MESHCOP has got 3 staff, 15 part-time staff with over 70 community volunteers that we work with. We possess a vast pool of skills, resources in Training, Planning and Management, Community work, renewable energy, disaster management and construction among others.
We consider our team our best and greatest asset in humanitarian and development work. The team is well equipped to handle various assignments with a high degree of comfort. Together, we generate the kind of synergy that is an invaluable resource that our clients can run to for services. This is the reason why Mt. Elgon Self-Help Community Projects ltd has been recognized by various local and international organizations as a reputable organization responding to individual and community hardships through training and empowerment programs.
WHAT OUR PARTNERS ARE SAYING
1. DR. MARYLYN RANDS
‘’ The ideals of hope and self-help were what attracted me to the Mount Elgon Project. Over the years I have been able to watch it grow from a start-up community program to one that is a beacon for others in Uganda and elsewhere. I am happy to have been able to help with editing documents, starting a library in Bumbo, and supporting the website. It is especially gratifying to have been in at the beginning of the solar project, which has grown tremendously. I am proud to be a part of the Mount Elgon Community!’’ Read more about Dr. Marylyn Rands here
2. RUTH PRIMEROSE
“Ruth is an Australian who has been nursing for over 40 years. After growing up in a rural area, she moved to Sydney, one of Australia’s largest cities to do her nursing training. Ruth worked in women’s and sexual health for 20 years in the Canberra region, the capital of Australia. Since 2006, when Ruth moved to Alice Springs, in the desert, in the centre of Australia, she has been working in Aboriginal health. Currently she is the team leader for the child health programs delivered by government health clinics in 28 remote Aboriginal communities. In 2009 Ruth visited the Mt Elgon Program and has continued to be a supporter.”