Today UWESO’s holistic approach targets OVC’s and their caregivers and the intervention provide a comprehensive package to OVC in a home.
UWESO advocates for:
- Access to Health services
- Education and Child Protection
- Socio Economic Security
- Food and Nutrition Security for OVC and their caregivers
One of UWESO’s strategies is working through its grass root cluster based at community level to enhance access to “hard-to-reach” orphans and vulnerable children. The efficiency of services is maintained through continuous feedback from cluster members and regional staff about their needs and the successes or failures of our interventions. Therefore UWESO beneficiaries have a strong ownership of all UWESO programmes. UWESO Operates in over 50 districts currently, subdivided into six regional offices.
|Region||District||# of Districts|
|Central Region||Hoima, Mukono, Wakiso, Kibaale, Masindi , Nakasongola and Kiboga||7|
|Southern Region||Masaka, Ssmbabule, Rakai, Lyantonde and Bukomasimbi||5|
|North East Region||Soroti, Kabaramaido, Katakwi, Kumi, Amuria, Ngora, Serere, Bukeda, Kotido and Moroto||10|
|Western Region||Mbarara, Bushenyi, Kirurhura, Rukungiri, Ibanda, Ntungamo, Kabarole, Mitooma and Isingiro||9|
|Northern Region||Lira, Apac, Oyam, Otuke, Kole, Kitgum, Alebtong and Gulu||8|
|Eastern Region||Mbale, Tororo, Busia, Sironko, Butaleja, Pallisa, Budaka, Manafwa, Bududa, Bulambuli, Bugiri and Iganga||12|
These are self-help community groups based at grass root levels and are composed of 30-50 OVC households. Cluster meetings are organized around savings and loans associations. UWESO’s long standing experience has brought out the fact that very poor households need to be given a holistic package that is comprehensively if they are to break out of the poverty cycle and the UWESO Clusters provide a proven channel for a successful holistic approach.
Current Projects’ Fact Sheet
Strengthening Uganda’s National Response for Implementation of Service for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (SUNRISE-OVC) Project
Strengthening Uganda’s National Response for Implementation of Service for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (SUNRISE-OVC) is a USAID funded project focusing on strengthening sustainable local government and community systems that improve access, utilization, coverage and quality of comprehensive services to OVC in 80 districts. Started in June 2010, the project will end in 2015. It’s implemented in partnership with International HIV/AIDS Alliance (IHAA), UWESO and Management Sciences for Health (MSH) under the oversight of Ministry Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD). Within the consortium, IHAA provides overall management and technical leadership in capacity building, MSH is responsible for the leadership development program and institutional development activities while UWESO is responsible for management and coordination of delivery of technical support to 8 Technical Support Organizations (TSOs). MGLSD provides strategic direction through development of policies and key resource materials used during project implementation. The project is now in its final year of implementation.\r\nThe project is implemented along four (4) broad result areas:
- Local governments effectively plan, manage and coordinate implementation of comprehensive services for OVC at all levels;
- Local governments and CSOs monitor and measure quality of services to OVC and their households;
- Increase demand and utilization of OVC data and strategic information by districts;
- Local governments and CSOs efficiently use existing and raise additional resources to implement OVC plans.
Realizing Livelihood Improvement through Savings and Education (REALIZE) Project
Since 2013, UWESO with support from the Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco growing areas (ECLT) Foundationhas been implementing a 4-year project “Realizing Livelihood Improvement through Savings and Education – REALISE” in Hoima District. The project which is expected to end by 2016 will protect over 5,940 children from hazardous work or considered to be worst forms of child labour; and directly reach 18,000 caregivers of former child laborers or children at risk of entering child labor.
The project explores sustainable solutions to issues surrounding child labour including poverty and access to education through the following objectives:
- Initiate participatory and inclusive processes at district and community level that lead to sustainable withdrawal of child labour from tobacco growing.
- Improve access to quality education and other basic social services at district and community level.
- Support advocacy to create political and or social change and raise awareness to challenge acceptance of child labour in tobacco growing at all levels (national, district and community)
- Strengthen capacities at all levels to combat child labour in tobacco growing, through the development of appropriate structures, policies and mechanism.
- Strengthen livelihoods/economic improvement at community and household level.
Banking on Change (BOC) Project
Care International in Uganda in partnership with UWESO, Barclays Bank UK and Local Government have since July 2013 been implementing Banking on Change (BOC) II project in Soroti District. Funded by Barclays Bank UK, the project supports formation of 233 new Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) 75% youth aged between 18-24 in 5 sub counties of Katine, Kamuda, Tubur, Gweri and Arapai in Soroti District.
The project goal is to contribute to improvement in financial inclusion for youth (75%) and other underserved population (25%) in Uganda.\r\nThe project objectives include the following:
- To increase access to financial services for 7,200 clients (75%) youth in Soroti District by Sept 2015.
- To build the capacity of 7,200 VSLA Clients in business management (Selection, Planning and Management), financial literacy to enable them manage their finances and business enterprises well by Sept 2015.
- To equip 2,400 beneficiaries with life skills to improve on their business sustainability.
- To foster linkage of 94 VSLAs to Barclays Bank or any other financial institutions (FFI) by Sept 2015.
- To develop and operationalize sustainability strategies for the project by Sept 2015.
Adolescent Youth Empowerment & Development Initative (AYEDI) Project
World Education Inc./Bantwana in partnership with Straight Talk Foundation (STF), UWESO and Reco Industries with funding from United States Department of Labor (USDOL) is implementing a 4-year project called Adolescent Youth Empowerment & Development Initiative (AYEDI) in 4 districts of Lira & Gulu in Northern Uganda; and Iganga and Bugiri in Eastern Uganda. The project works with adolescent youth aged 15-18 years to develop marketable skills to secure work opportunities and to serve as civic leaders in their communities thereby enabling them to avoid or be withdrawn from hazardous labor.
Project Objectives are:
- To increase youth access to economic and social services.
- To increase the percentage of youth attending primary or secondary education or engaged in vocational training.
- To improve youth’s ability to secure decent work opportunities.
- To increase youth engagement in civic activities in their communities (national and local), including leadership positions.
Key Project Interventions include:
- As technical lead on Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), UWESO will establish youth and caregiver VSLAs in each of AYEDI’s 32 sites.
- Support each community to establish and train Economic Empowerment Workers and Community Based Trainers (EEWs/CBTs) to support and monitor the VSLAs, including collecting program monitoring data in line with AYEDI’s M&E plan.
- Facilitate VSLA linkages to broader financial services, including financial products in partnership with Centenary Bank, funds from the Youth Venture Capital Fund and income generation activities through Agricultural Extension Officers and NAADS.
- Mobilize Community Child Labor Committees (CCLCs) as a network of social protection stakeholders in each of the four (4) districts to engage in issues concerning child labor and ensure households are linked to district community social protection programs and services.