In Budaka we work with six small grassroots organisation – all of which were initiated and run by the local community and all of which do an amazing job for vulnerable orphans and families with very few resources.
Galimaagi AIDS and Grieving Orphans
The original programs of Galimaagi AIDS and Grieving Orphans have grown well beyond the provision of scholastic materials to include school uniforms, food security projects (cassava, livestock and field cultivation with two oxen and the plough), music, dance and drama, and the most recent project, vocational training (tailoring and sewing). The members of Galimaagi work closely with the school headmasters to identify the special needs of HIV orphans and vulnerable children. School leaving among youth is a particular concern of the leaders of Galimaagi.
Iki Iki AIDS Community Initiative (IACI)
Located in the region with the highest number and rate of HIV cases, Iki Iki AIDS Community Initiative (IACI) serves a large and growing population of orphans and vulnerable children. Thirty five members of IACI are trained in HIV counselling and treatment and the organization is recognized in the region as leader in HIV awareness and support. In addition to the provision of scholastic materials, IACI promotes food security among beneficiary households, works closely with families and teachers, and involves children and youth in music and dramatic performance to communicate healthy living and the reduction of the stigma of HIV AIDS in the community.
Kakule HIV/AIDS and Grieved AIDS Families Association (KAGA)
Over the past four years, in partnership with if KAGA has promoted scholastic achievement orphans and vulnerable children as well as skill development among youth. Training in sewing and tailoring is provided to youth as a safety skill in the circumstance that students might leave school. KAGA members have received training to counsel HIV+ children, and continue to move from household to household to encourage HCT and positive living. Home visits and working with teachers are also consider critical elements of promoting education among OVC in the community. KAGA also supports the schools through the provision of textbooks.
Manuka-Kaama Community Development Initiatives
Manuka-Kaama Community Development Initiatives was formed in 2004 and has recently become a partner of indigo foundation. The organization works to support the scholastic success of orphans and vulnerable children whose families are challenged by the long distances to government schools in the community. Manuka-Kaama has responded by taking the initiative to build a nursery and primary school more promixate to households of OVC and youth and will also provide vocational training for mothers and caretakers. Manuka-Kaama has also established a “HIV prevention forest” to allow women and girls to collect firewood closer to their homes.
NACOMAS Community Action for Social Development
NACOMAS Community Action for Social Development was the first organization in Budaka with which indigo foundation partnered. The mission of NACOMAS is to empower members and to promote sustainable social, economic change in the community. Education of children and youth is a key strategy. The organization also recognizes a need to provide a counter balance to the urban health problems originating in Mbale and exposure of youth to HIV in particular. NACOMAS promotes environmental awareness and has encouraged the community to plant trees for firewood, engage in sustainable farming practices, and to enrich the environment. There is an emphasis on gender equity and has sought to support the adoption of sanitary napkins among girls and to create time and space for girls to discuss these changes in themselves.
Trinity Childcare Ministry
Formed in 2000 by former teachers, Trinity Childcare Ministry understands that the welfare of vulnerable children is enhanced through supplemental support for their educational performance as well as access to health care and counselling. The leaders of Trinity Childcare Ministry Trinity Childcare Ministry are also committed to providing places of play, listening and refreshment for child living in difficult circumstances, and creating pathways towards building self esteem through academic success and skill development. Enrichment activities for children and youth every Sunday afternoon and given the demand will expand to Saturdays. The vision of Trinity includes expanding opportunities for vocational training of youth throughout the Budaka region.