Since 2009, we have partnered with six community-based organisations in the Budaka region of Eastern Uganda. These organisations are grassroots, community-driven and volunteer-based. Backed by generous supporters like you, they work hard to support the education, health and human rights of children and young people impacted by HIV – all living in poverty, many HIV-positive, many orphaned and from child-headed households.
With your support, our partners have kept 2100 children in school, provided information and counselling to destigmatize HIV and created opportunities for income generation and food production. They work alongside local public schools to track school enrolments and progress – and with great results. Kids are going to school and staying in school.
As the results of our partners work become clear, and their reputation in the community grows, they face increasing demand. This is particularly so this year. With poor rains across the region leading to crop failures and food shortages, a nutrition crisis is looming. And as Budaka opens up to the city of M’bale, the risk of contracting HIV is increasing, especially for adolescent girls and women.
December 10th is Human Rights Day – a day we celebrate at indigo foundation. We invite you to join our celebration by donating today so we can meet this growing demand and uphold the human rights of vulnerable children in Budaka
Joyce Katooko is our local liaison officer on the ground. She is an integral part of our team, bringing her passion and skills to the table to create change. Joyce has written a letter to you, our supporters. You can read it in full here.
Joyce tells the story of a young girl called Esther Agnes Namanghe. “Esther is 16 years old from Kakule village and a senior three student. Her parents died of HIV/AIDS but she is HIV negative. She is the first born out of four children and a guardian takes care of them. They’re also facing difficulties like lack of basic needs and other school needs apart from the ones they benefit from indigo foundation. Her priority is to get school fees to complete her education to support her siblings.”
Most girls in Esther’s position do not have the chance to finish primary school, let alone senior school. They do not have a chance to escape the cycle of poverty and lack of education. But, with a lot of hard work from Esther and great support from our community partners, Esther has made it to senior school.
Our partners understand the particular vulnerability of girls and young women. They provide reusable sanitary towels and have established a young women’s group to create a safe space for girls after school when they are at greater risk of assault.
Alongside Joyce, and with your help, we want to ensure that more girls like Esther get a better shot at life – at having their human rights to education, to health, to freedom from discrimination and to safety upheld.
Your donation will mean that over 2,000 children will be able to stay in school and get the education they deserve. It will mean these children and their carers will have access to testing, information and counselling about HIV, paving the way for a more inclusive life. And it will mean that families impacted by HIV will be able to access training and food security programs to generate income and to see them through this dry season.
Your contribution, however big or small, is important:
Your support means we can continue to work with and for the Budaka children. Please have a read of the stories below to find out more about the what we can achieve together.
On behalf of everyone at indigo foundation, thank you for being an important part of indigo foundation in 2016. I hope you have a fantastic festive season with your friends and loved ones and we look forward to working with you in 2017.
In Uganda, seven out of ten children don’t finish primary school. Our community partners support 2,100 children to beat that statistic.
Without the money for school uniforms and supplies, children made vulnerable by HIV and poverty are excluded from school. Our parters work to together to provide books, pens and school uniforms – a simple but vital step to keep kids in school. This image shows Joyce with our partners at the Iki Iki AIDS Community Initiative gathered together to distribute schools supplies.
Our partners also fund remedial lessons in schools and programs to mitigate the impact and spread of HIV, including peer-to-peer training of youth educators, voluntary HIV counselling and testing and training for teachers on how to support vulnerable families and those traumatised by HIV.
Our partners monitor impact by working with public schools to track school enrolments and academic progress – with great results.
Beyond the school yard, our community partners build opportunities for income generation and food production, such as providing maize seeds, training in modern farming methods and a goat-breeding program.
This image shows families receiving goats, as part of the breeding program run by NACOMAS Community Action for Social Development.
These programs build self-sufficiency and resilience among orphaned children and young people. And the skills and financial autonomy gained play a big role in strengthening the family unit, especially for female and child headed households.
With a looming food crisis, these food security programs will be more important than ever in the coming six months.