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J416 Neighbourhood Development Program, Uganda.

Africa, Uganda

Project Description

The most marginalised and wounded people in Africa are women. Left abandoned or widowed, the Living Hope ladies are mostly HIV+ single women, returnees from abduction into the rebel army in northern Uganda and teenage mothers. Living Hope is empowering these women in Kampala and in Gulu, northern Uganda.

The goal of this project is to help restore dignity to these women in the following ways:

  • Improving quality of life, assisting them with basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter and medical care
  • Providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS care including counselling and psychosocial support
  • Empowering and equipping with vocational skills that will enable them to become productive members of their community
  • Setting up self-sustainable, income-generating projects

Living Hope also empowers young women through the Keep a Girl in School project. More than 50% of girls in northern Uganda drop out of school due to lack of access to sanitary towels at the onset of puberty. Keep a Girl in School aims to reduce the primary school drop-out rate and increase primary school exam completion amount adolescent girls through the provision of sanitary towels and hygiene supplies. The project also raises awareness about the crisis and educates parent and the extended community on the benefits of girl child education.

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