1. Sexual Reproductive & Health Rights (SRHR) for Key Populations – Rwanda Uganda HIV Cross-border Project
OCE will be implementing a 3-year collaborative HIV/AIDS project between ANSP+ -Kigali & FUG– Sweden/ KWETU connectors. This project will target key populations in Lyantonde, Ntungamo, & Kabale Districts and is scheduled to begin in March 2020.
2. HIV/AIDS & Road Safety Project for Boda Boda Riders in Lyantonde
Boda-boda riders are an HIV priority population and are currently considered an “emerging key population” by the Uganda Ministry of Health. Knowing this information, OCE in partnership with Peace Corps Uganda plans to implement the “HIV/AIDS & Road Safety Project for Boda Boda Riders in Lyantonde” over the course of six weeks in 2020. This program aims to reach approximately 150 boda-boda riders with knowledge and skills regarding first aid, road safety, personal security, and HIV prevention. During the course of the project, riders will undergo HIV testing and counseling. The trained riders will also mentor those who will not have the opportunity to be selected. Such an intervention will be a first of its kind in Lyantonde Town Council.
3. Water Facilities for Rural Schools in Uganda
OCE plans to build water purifying systems in 12 schools in Southwestern Uganda. The water purifiers will help to improve attendance, health, development, and hygienic practices among all pupils, but will especially help increase girls’ attendance and retention rate in school. This project is currently in the fundraising stage, and can be found on this site: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/water-facilities-for-rural-schools-in-uganda/
4. Educate a Vulnerable Child in Uganda
Education is a human right and a form of empowerment. The more education someone has, typically a higher income and better health outcomes follow. Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Uganda often do not complete their education because they cannot afford school fees or they have to drop out to begin working. Many even become caregivers themselves to other OVC. The Organisation for Community Empowerment intends to change that, helping to send 100 vulnerable children to primary and secondary schools in Lyantonde District, Uganda over the course of six years. This project is currently in the fundraising stage, and more info can be found at: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-a-girl-in-ugand/