Orphans and vulnerable children project, Budaka
Project established: 2009
indigo foundation partners with six small but highly effective community-based organisations (CBOs) in Mt. Elgon region in Uganda to strengthen the capacity of families and communities to care for over 2,000 at-risk children and young people, all poor, many orphaned and many HIV-positive.
The project over the next 12 months will support:
1. Education: provision of educational supplies, including books, pens and uniforms to 2,100 vulnerable children.
While primary education is free in Uganda, many disadvantaged children are excluded because they lack basic school materials. indigo foundation works with the CBO’s, who work with schools, to track the children’s attendance at school and support their progress through psychosocial support.
2. Counseling: counseling training for CBO’s and school teachers on how to support vulnerable children and in particular those grieving or traumatised through HIV.
3. Training and income generation: support training in vocational skills (such as sewing, knitting and baking) and ongoing funding for successful pilot initiatives established with indigo foundation support including:
• a sewing training school for women widowed by HIV;
• a livestock ‘bank’ with chickens, pigs and goats that increase food security; and
• distribution of improved strains of cassava and peanuts resulting in increased agricultural production.
These activities combined will provide a pathway for children to access education, and become confident and contributing members of their community. The investment in schemes for production and income generation, and the vocational skills of older adolescents serves to foster well-being and community sustainability.