CPAR UGANDA’S DIRECT TARGET GROUP: Active young adults, both male (50 percent) and female (50 percent), aged at least 25 years of age and of maximum 45 years of age, who are living in RELATIVE POVERTY. They are young adults who are no longer in formal schooling; are responsible for households/homesteads and have dependants. They are able to meet their basic needs, that is to say, they have some access to the basics: water, food, shelter and clothing; but they are temporarily unable to meet their genuine needs – have insufficient access to better health care, better shelter, better clothing; and are temporarily unable to pay education fees, buy animal rearing and crop farming implements and inputs, among other genuine needs. They have not abandoned their homes for the urban centres and are attempting to make a living in their rural homes and to attain SELF-RELIANCE – ability to meet all their basic and genuine needs.
CPAR Uganda recognises that there are likely households in rural Uganda that may be worse off in comparison – those who live in absolute poverty and the poorest of the poor. Households living in ABSOLUTE POVERTY are typically composed of persons who are affected by natural or man-made disaster, they are temporarily unable to meet one or more of their basic needs and they need relief assistance. The POOREST OF THE POOR are persons who are so severely mentally or physically disabled that they are permanently unable to meet their basic needs and they therefore need charity in perpetuity from family or community. All communities have poorest of the poor living among them and in most cases they are the minority. Ultimately, the success of CPAR Uganda’s interventions indirectly benefits these households as its target beneficiaries become self-reliant and are therefore more able to care for the less advantaged.