Somero Uganda will provide scholastic materials to orphans and vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Kampala district in Uganda to enable them attend school comfortably and mosquito nets to enable them prevent malaria. Their caretakers will be equipped with income generating activities, so that they can earn a living and gain a stable position to support their families. Community awareness raising sessions shall be conducted to reduce stigma to people living with HIV/AIDS.
In Uganda, 1.4million people are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS according to the UNAIDS spectrum 2016. 130,000 of these are children aged 0-14 years. 5800 deaths among children 0-14 years are caused by HIV/AIDS, while 970,000 children aged 0-14 years are orphaned by HIV/AIDS. These children have inadequate access to basic needs of education, proper feeding and are victims of self stigma and stigma caused by the community. Their caretakers do not have jobs to support their well being.
100 vulnerable children will be provided with scholastic materials including uniforms, exercise books, pens, pencils and toiletries and lunch to enable their comfortable stay at school. The Ugandan government provides free universal primary and secondary education but does not provide scholastic materials and lunch. The children will also be given mosquito nets as a malaria preventive measure. Their caretakers will be trained in income generating activities so they can support their families.
The project will educate 100 orphans and vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, enabling them to attain education which is one of the basic human rights. These children will also be provided with mosquito nets as a malaria preventive measure. Their families will be economically empowered, which will enable them support the basic needs of their family members. The community will be sensitized about positive living, and this will enable them to support people lining with HIV/AIDS.