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About Khakakho Village

Nambwa Parish, Lukhonge Subcounty, Mbale District

88 households make up Khakakho Village. Population is 401; The demographics show 200 men; 155 women and 46 under the age of 5 years.

The residents are predominantly made up of people from many different areas and tribes and speak Lumasaaba, as well as their own local languages.

There is one church in the village and no school. They have six fairly-well stocked shops in the nearby Trading Center.

They do not have a qualified medical person in the village, but they do have access to a poorly stocked drug shop that often prescribes medication without even testing patients.

They have a high number of Mango worm cases during the rainy seasons and high numbers of Jiggers during the dry season causing students to be ostracized from school. There is also a large number of chronic alcoholics that cause a variety of concerns, including crime, abuse, negligence, and malnutrition. They typically have many folks battling malaria. Though the government issues treated mosquito nets on occasion, there is a lack of education regarding methods to keep malaria at bay. Many residents believe that cholera, polio, and cancer are caused by witchcraft and often refuse to have medical care. Typhoid shows up in high numbers from this village at OCM’s clinic.

The number of domestic violence cases are excessive, as well as defilement, early marriages, alcohol abuse and theft.

The staple foods include Matooke (steamed bananas), Sweet Potatoes, Cassava, Posho (Made from Maize flour) & Millet Bread

Food security predominantly depends on the season; From approximately mid-June to early January (weather permitting) most people can arrange 3 meals (one might be tea) because it is the period of harvest. From January through late March people resort to 2 meals, typically porridge in the morning and a late evening meal to hold them through the night. April through early June is the highly challenging period with families having a single meal in a day, and oftentimes one meal every other day.

Water sources include 2 unprotected springs, one protected spring, one nearby borehole. Three homes have been connected into the national grid (sporadic, but clean!)

Khakakho Village has 2 legally connected households/businesses to power. Lines are poorly placed making it too costly for other residents to connect.

Folks in this village are a big mix of people from a number of different places with different cultures making it similar to an immigrant village.