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.
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.
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.
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.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
The River Fund
Rayland Rural Development Organization
Interview with Lynde Francis - 2000