This successful program uses personal contacts and grassroots networks to spread information about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, as well as promoting family health and women's empowerment.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In rural Uganda, women (especially AIDS widows) face sexual exploitation, polygamy, extreme poverty, poor medical care, destruction of families by HIV/AIDS and war. Working with women, we develop stronger families and healthier children who stay in school. We have reached deep into rural areas, training women and men and the network is growing.
How will this project solve this problem?
Workshops are ongoing, with 35 women each. Participants, who have attended previous introductory workshops, will set up and run their own workshops throughout Uganda, including IDP camps of the North. We teach women to work with their local leaders.
Potential Long Term Impact
The network of peer educators continues to grow. Benefits include accurate AIDS information, longer survival for HIV+ people, stable families, children (especially girls) staying in school and delaying sexual activity to build their futures.
Total Funding Received to Date: $4,630
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,170
Total Funding Goal: $7,800