Welcome to the web-pages of Norwegian friends of Uganda (NOFU).
Norwegian Friends of Uganda (NOFU) is a Norwegian NGO with about 180 members. All of our members have some connection to Uganda. Many have worked there and some have studied in the country.
The board of NOFU arranges meetings with regular intervals where topics of interest for our members are lectured upon, and the formalities of the association are taken care of on our yearly general meeting. Our members meet in average three times a year, and NOFU has also arranged a trip for our members to Uganda. The board publishes the newsletter «UgandaNytt» (News from Uganda) at least twice a year.
These web-pages have also proved to be a medium of communication between the members. Most information on these pages are in norwegian, but we are always looking for good items to publish here, be they in norwegian or english.
NOFU was founded in 1978, but it was not until 1994 that the association decided to get more actively engaged in practical projects. We have since been involved in village development projects in Nakasongola district north of the capital Kampala, with economic support from NORAD (The Norwegian Agency for Development Aid). Our project committee has the resposibility to follow up on the day-to-day business of keeping the projects on track.
We have been cooperating with the elected village committee in Walukunyu since 1994, and we embarked upon a new project in cooperation with the village committee in Kiralamba in 1999.
Our main goal has been to contribute to the developement of human resources in our co-operating villages. We feel that this have been achieved at the same time as important infra-structure have been constructed.
The womens group in Walukunyu have put it this way: Together we have overcome poverty! They have started self-help projects, such as bee-keeping and tailoring, and many of the women have been tought reading, writing and basic house-keeping economics.
From friends in Norway the womens group have been given soft loans, and have bought the two cows «Dagros» and «Litago». The cows have born calves, and are a source of income, exitement and great interest among the women.
In Walukunyu, the very visible results of the five years of co-operation, are the water well, the school with 550 pupils and the health station. In 1994 only 100 pupils were coming to school, and they were taught under the mango trees!
The village committee have impressed all with their ability to mobilize the population in all the work that has been done. A proper village have developed where apathy used to reign.
In Kiralambam, two wells have been drilled and fitted with pumps. The orbitual pumps supplied byWaterwell Development are very popular with the villagers in Kiralamba and are very durable.
Thousands of bricks have been produced for the Kiralamba school. Construction started in 2001, and all structures have been completed by 2004
Our current project (2005 onwards) is being conducted in co-operation with the Ugandan NGO VEDCO, and focuses on development of better agricultural practices, both in terms of production and marketing. Our connection to «our» villages in Nakasongola is being maintained through the friendship school arrangements, and other means. NOFU has entered a new era!
We can be contacted by mail at:
Venner av Uganda
P.O. Box 6652 St. Olavs Plass
Our chairman, Mr. Tore R. Semb may be reached by e-mail tore.semb(at)c2i.net, or you may contact our vice-chairman Mr. Carl E. Petersen (whom is also NOFU´s webmaster) at carl.e.p(at)online.no He is happy to receive any comments, complaints or tips about information that could be included in these pages.