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Overall objective

To empower orphans and children living with HIV/AIDS in nine villages found in Busede Sub-county Jinja district Uganda.

Project vision

To see Uganda with healthy children accessing quality and equitable services through a holistic approach.

Project mission

To contribute towards the level of psychosocial wellbeing of orphans and vulnerable children of Uganda through a holistic approach, increasing access, advocacy

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Background

Child Friendly Organisation Uganda, through its partners’ seniors without Borders, have been implementing activities to empower orphans and children living with HIV/ AIDS physically, socially, emotionally and economically in 9 villages in Busede Sub county,

Child Friendly Organisation Uganda saw the need to empower the orphans due to the overwhelming number of orphans in Busede sub-county who were suffering and being mistreated, some under care givers and some of them alone with their siblings, through the psychosocial method and life planning skills training.

The psychosocial method and life planning skills trainings, have created a positive impact to the orphans and children living with HIV/AIDS in Busede Sub county this is observed through the behavioural change of the orphans and youth.

Child friendly organisation Uganda, through its sensitization drives, advocated for the rights of the orphans and children living with HIV/AIDS.

Our work/projects

life planning skills training

The life planning skills training is a training model developed by the Danish Red Cross youth and the skills help the youth to stay healthy physically, mentally, psychologically and emotionally.

The life planning skills were conducted by Red Cross Uganda. The skills are meant to help the young people pursue healthy and productive behaviours by teaching them how to maintain their bodies, grow as individuals, work well with others, make logical decisions, protect themselves when they have to.

The youth were also skilled in herbal soap making, tailoring, computer skills, shoe repair and maintenance.

Trainings on child rights

CFOU through networking with NEMACY CARNAC and ANPPCAN, were able to train the staff, board members, caregivers and volunteers on child rights. The trainings were very instrumental and led to reduced child abuse, child neglect and child labour.

Training of the participants in organic / extensive
farming and making of energy saving stoves.

75 caregivers were trained in organic farming where modern methods of farming were taught to the caregivers like use of fertilizers, growing bananas, vegetables and also how to utilize the little space one has to grow vegetables.

Busede sub county and the surrounding areas is predominantly known for sugarcane growing due to the high demand of sugarcane from kakira Sugar Factory. The caregivers were trained on how to use locally available resources as fertilisers

They were trained to grow almost all foodstuffs and vegetables. As a result, they now grow bananas, beans, maize, sweet potatoes etc. Some of them grow on large scale for sale and have greatly benefited from the sale of their produce.

Child headed projects

Child headed families are those orphaned homes headed by one of the orphans, the eldest of them. CFOU initiated the child headed projects where animals like pigs, goats and cows were given to the children for economic empowerment 50 child headed homes we supported with the animals. The young mothers were not also left out, they were skilled in tailoring, hair dressing and maintenance, those who successfully completed the skills training in tailoring were each given a sewing machine as a start-up kit, those in hair dressing were also given start up kits.

Economic empowerment

The child headed families were given domestic animals to rear with an aim of empowering them economically, the animals gave off springs and the children could sale off some of the animals to enable them meet their needs. Being the heads of the families, they had the responsibility of ensuring their siblings have what to eat and have also gone to school, therefore they had to do all it takes to sustain their young siblings.

New skills introduction in the community

The CFOU beneficiaries are trained and skilled in in various skills like making of Energy saving stoves, Soap making etc. The beneficiaries also taught other community members the skills they had got from CFOU. Most of the community members embraced the new skills and they have been of importance to them up to now.

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Our mission,
is to contribute towards improved quality of life of Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) through psychosocial support, increasing access, advocacy, empowerment and cooperating with other Organizations both local and international..

testimonials

‘’ I was skilled in tailoring and knitting, and my particular interest was in knitting
sweaters, I now come to CFOU, and utilize the knitting machine to make sweater
caps which I then sale of the women in the community, the money I gain from the
sale of caps enables me to take care of myself and my family.
The child headed families were not only given domestic animals, they were also
skilled in various skills like tailoring, soap making, shoe repair and maintenance,
they have also gained a lot from the skills for instance they make soap and sell it off
to the community members and meet some of their needs.

Testimony 3

“I was given a pig from CFOU, it gave birth and sold off some of the off springs and
I began a sugarcane growing business and now our lives changed, I am able to take
care of my siblings, provide for their needs, and also take them to school. This was
all possible due to CFOU”

Testimony2

“life before joining CFOU was very difficult, I was financially incapacitated yet I was
the head of the family, I was given two goats and they multiplied, I currently have
seven goats, I always sale off whenever need arises and was also able to open up a
business. My sisters were also skilled in tailoring and making of herbal soap.”
“I was given a pig from CFOU, it gave birth and sold off some of the off springs and
I began a sugarcane growing business and now our lives changed, I am able to take
care of my siblings, provide for their needs and also take them to school. This was
all possible due to CFOU”

Testimony1

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