Organisation for Community Empowerment (OCE) is a Non-Government Organisation that was founded in 2016 by a group of academics, social scientists, and other individuals. It is registered with the Uganda Ministry of Internal Affairs (Registration #12199) and possesses a nationwide mandate. The organisation is currently operating in Lyantonde District, Ntungamo & Kabale districts. It was established to respond to the causes and effects of mass poverty, poor livelihoods, and diseases like HIV/AIDS.
Despite interventions by Government and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Lyantonde District is 12%, which is far above the 5.7% prevalence rate at the national level (UNAIDS Data 2019).
The Government of Uganda (GoU) has put deliberate strategies in place to eradicate poverty, but a significant number of people (particularly those residing in rural areas) remain below the poverty line. It is estimated that 21% of the Ugandan population cannot meet their daily dietary requirements and cannot afford non-food needs (Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2018 Statistical Abstract pg. 41). There are serious effects of these challenges that are reflected in our community, including a disproportionately high number of orphans and child-headed, single mother, and elderly-headed households. These households face unprecedented economic and social hardships. There is reduced concentration on agricultural production activities, loss of economically active household members, increased dependency ratio, and reduced labor capacity for agricultural-related activities hence causing food insecurity at household and community levels. The adverse effects of climate change on our people calls for a serious organisation to empower the community to become resilient and adopt strategies that can reduce the impact of such life-threatening challenges.
These circumstances led to the birth of Organization for Community Empowerment, an organization with unique interventions meant to respond to emerging challenges.