We love Buyaya! Whenever we return there we are treated like family. It is a humbling tremendously welcoming community. If you ever find yourself in that part of the world, come on over and say hi!
Meaningful Volunteer conducted a very detailed census of Buyaya, the full results of which can be found here.
Highlights from the census include:
- Uganda has two educational policies called UPE and USE. These stand for Universal Primary Education and Universal Secondary Education respectively. These - in theory - guarantee all children a primary and secondary education.
This appears to be working in Buyaya at the primary level (with 393 students enrolled), but not at the secondary level (with 54 students enrolled).
- Most students under nine cannot read a single letter.
- Most students under the age of fifteen struggle to read simple triplet words. (Triplet words have a consonant, then a vowel, then another consonant. Words like cat, dog, man and tap are all triplets).
- The reading levels further deteriorate when silent-e words (cape, Kate, Dave, cute and so on) and consonant blend words (blue, king, snow, gloves and so on) are added.
- The students who could read still performed very poorly on English comprehension tests.
- The average age for a male is 19.5, and the average age for a female is 20.5.
- Malaria accounted for 53% of all deaths and HIV accounted for 15% of all deaths.
- There is an average of 4.9 residents per household
- Chickens (4.18/household) and goats (1.18/household) form the bulk of livestock.
- Almost all residents are sustenance farmers with beans, maize, and cassava forming the bulk of the crops.
- 35% of residents farm coffee as a cash crop.
- Residents spend an average of 1 hour and 49 minutes collecting water from the sole bore-hole water well, and 1 hour and 27 minutes from the various wells around the parish.
- 11% of children are orphans
- HIV rates are hard to determine because of the stigma of associated with HIV+ people.