UWESO Today

Today UWESO’s holistic approach targets OVC’s and their caregivers and the intervention provide a comprehensive package to OVC in a home.

UWESO provides

  1. Health
  2. Education and Child Protection
  3. Socio Economic Security
  4. 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 has over 30 years of comprehensive OVC programming geared to improving the quality of life of orphans and vulnerable children at national and sub national levels through its grassroots women structures community and VSLA groups. UWESO core programme areas include: Livelihoods improvement with emphasis on economic strengthening, community health with focus on WASH and primary health care, education and child protection through these program areas the organisation has developed wide experience in OVC care and programming has been vital in building capacity of other local NGOs, CBOs and community groups.
To do this UWESO has worked in partnership with a Number of funding organisations USAID, IFAD WFP, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, FAO, UK Trust, ECLT Foundation, UAE, Government of Uganda, in consortiums and collaborations with: Bantwana, CARE International, MSH, to mention but a few.
UWESO works well in consortiums and collaborations, contract and sub contract arrangements with international and local organisations. Direct service delivery is our central approach in the current 2016-2020 UWESO Strategic plan to reach the hard to reach while building sustainable livelihoods; child protection, education and Improving community health. The organisation has a well-established financial system with effective financial controls to ensure that organisation’s resources are put to good use. It has also established M&E on-line systems for effective coordination and to monitor performance, efficiency and effectiveness of program/ within the planned time cost and resources.

 Current Projects’ Fact Sheet

Project Title: General Food Assistance project funded by World Food Program and being implemented in partnership with Hunger Fighters Uganda in Nakivale, Qruchinga and Kyagwali settlements, January 1st 2020-2023.

Core activities

  • Conduct Social Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) strategies to include Music Dance and Drama (MDD), artistic murals to convey messages, community mobilization and sensitization, rolling out of kitchen gardens in communities.
  • Support Promotion of Financial Literacy Training through Village Saving and Loans Associations (VSLA’s) in the Settlements of Oruchinga, Nakivale and Kyangwali Settlements covering 518 VSLA groups both in the refugee settlements and host communities.
  • Support promotion of Cash for Nutrition (C4N) advocacy among the beneficiaries which will ensure that beneficiaries use cash given to access nutritious foods.
  • Support beneficiaries participation in all project activities, sharing and dissemination of information/reports, and response to complaints, strengthen beneficiary leadership structures such as Refugee Welfare Councils (RWCs), Food Management Committees (FMCs), Cash Management Committees (CMS) to ensure transparency and accountability in decision making for activities implemented.
  • Promote the use of the toll-free helpline/Hotlines, complaint desk, Post Distribution Meetings to ensure that beneficiaries air out their concerns regarding the services through bulk messages, Community radio messaging, Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials, and dialogue sessions to receive and provide feedback to the targeted beneficiaries to improve service delivery.
  • Tap into the existing structures within and out of the targeted communities to create awareness and strengthen decision making, communication and reporting, mechanisms on gender and protection. Prioritizing women, child-headed households, school going children, pregnant and lactating mothers, the disabled, and the elderly at the FDPs during GFA and in complementary activities following the WFP’s “Do No Harm” Policy.
  • To contribute to the reducing malnutrition levels in the targeted communities by establishing model kitchen gardens and plant fruit trees at the FDPs, reception centers, health centers, schools and host communities to train the beneficiaries on production of micro-nutrient rich food to supplement in-kind/Cash assistance. Rearing of small livestock will be initiated, in addition to nutrition sensitization using SBCC strategies like IEC materials, MDD, Cash for Nutrition (C4N) advocacy, VSLA groups, Maternal Infant Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) groups on nutrition, WASH and HIV/AIDS.
  • Contribute to empowering the refugee and host communities to use locally available efficient materials and technologies like highly insulated clay pots in order to contribute to environmental conservation.

Project Title: Realizing Livelihood Improvement through Savings and Education (REALIZE+) Project (January 2019 – December 2021)

This is an extension to the previous project that ended in 2018 with the addition of more coverage areas in the districts of Hoima and Kikube in Uganda. The primary focus will be on strengthening the introduced and growing them to accommodate more beneficiaries.

Project title: Strengthening innovations and partnerships for mature community Savings and Credit groups (CSCGs) in Eastern Uganda.(19th November 2018 to October 2021).
This is an award through the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the Project For Financial Inclusion in Rural Areas (PROFIRA) funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to UWESO. The main objective is to increase financial opportunities for Community Savings and Credit Groups (CSCGs) which have stable membership to expand their operations both as groups and as individuals within the Financial Services Sector and be able to support vulnerable children in their households. 400 groups are currently involved in this programme.

Project Title: Adolescents Girls and Young Women (AGYW) vocational skilling in Nakasongora district (June 2019 – December 2020)
Migyera UWESO Training Institute (MUTI) in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation – Uganda. Migyera UWESO technical Institute as a service provider is skilling 578 adolescent girls and young women from Nakasongora district; 289 from July to Sept. 2019 and 289 from October to December 2019. Each course is three months and courses signed up for by Girls include Tailoring, Hair dressing, and Knitting & Catering.

Past Projects

Project Title: Advancing the Rights and Opportunities to Education for Vulnerable Children (AROC) in Uganda.

This is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Internal Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (December 2017-December 2019.)
The project aims to reduce vulnerability of children that have had limited access to education because of their socioeconomic conditions partly caused by their migrant nature and refugee status. The main outcome of this project is increased access to basic education for 4,500 (3,700 refugee girls and 800 boys) in Isingiro and Mbarara Districts; and boost household incomes for 22,500 women so as to provide education for their children.

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.
The project is implemented along four (4) broad result areas:

  1. Local governments effectively plan, manage and coordinate implementation of comprehensive services for OVC at all levels;
  2. Local governments and CSOs monitor and measure quality of services to OVC and their households;
  3. Increase demand and utilization of OVC data and strategic information by districts;
  4. 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:

  1. Initiate participatory and inclusive processes at district and community level that lead to sustainable withdrawal of child labour from tobacco growing.
  2. Improve access to quality education and other basic social services at district and community level.
  3. 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)
  4. Strengthen capacities at all levels to combat child labour in tobacco growing, through the development of appropriate structures, policies and mechanism.
  5. 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.
The project objectives include the following:

  1. To increase access to financial services for 7,200 clients (75%) youth in Soroti District by Sept 2015.
  2. 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.
  3. To equip 2,400 beneficiaries with life skills to improve on their business sustainability.
  4. To foster linkage of 94 VSLAs to Barclays Bank or any other financial institutions (FFI) by Sept 2015.
  5. 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

  1. To increase youth access to economic and social services.
  2. To increase the percentage of youth attending primary or secondary education or engaged in vocational training.
  3. To improve youth’s ability to secure decent work opportunities.
  4. To increase youth engagement in civic activities in their communities (national and local), including leadership positions.

Key Project Interventions include:

  1. As technical lead on Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), UWESO will establish youth and caregiver VSLAs in each of AYEDI’s 32 sites.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.