Projects

Published: Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Prevention of HIV/AIDS

We are currently working with Makerere Joint AIDS Project (MJAP) to scale up community referrals and linkages to increase access and uptake of comprehensive HIV/AIDS, OVC and survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV), in Kawempe division – Kampala. 

 

Similarly, we are also working with Baylor Children’s Foundation in Kyenjojo District to provide a framework for leveraging the strengths of communities in achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. 

Specifically, we are providing a core package of community based services to PLHIV (Persons Living with HIV) and OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children), and also providing  referrals and linkages between health facilities and the community.

More specifically, we are leveraging the community structures to achieve the triple 90 targets. The CBOs form the community structures.  Therefore our key roles are mobilisation of priority groups for targeted testing, ensuring daily linkage and referral activities between communities and facilities for different services which is actually the heart of the framework. This among several other activities in the community.

 

Education Support

Many children particularly HIV/AIDS orphans are unable to remain or continue in school. When the bread winner dies they are left to fend for themselves. Some are left in the care of relatives who are struggling to keep their own immediate families from starving. Subsequently, when the relative can no longer cope, the orphans suffer most, and in terms of education the guardians care for their own sons and daughters only. This has contributed to the increasing number of street kids roaming in the city and other towns. Many of these orphans and vulnerable children end up in child domestic labor and prostitution; other children are left in the hands of their aged grandparents who are unable to contribute anything towards the well being of the orphaned children.

SUTCHI is supporting orphans and children with special needs access to education by providing scholastic materials, school fees and other personal effects while promoting child participation in the fight against child rights violation.


Child Rights Advocacy

SUTCHI works to ensure that all children access their rights to survival, development, protection and participation. Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world, with many people struggling to survive and provide the basic necessities for their families. Most children’s rights are a long way from being fulfilled.

The high population growth rate of 3.4% per year (the third highest in the world) poses a significant challenge in reducing poverty and inequality. With over 2,000,000 child orphans and the impact of HIV and AIDS on many households, social protection for the chronic poor is not given sufficient high priority in national programs.

We advocate for the rights of children through awareness and sensitization using the media. In Uganda many people particularly parents/guardians are ignorant of children’s rights. Many times you find children whose rights have been severely violated not because their guardians are wicked but because they not aware that they are infringing on their children's rights


Support to Children with special needs

Children with special needs are particularly disadvantaged. They face a double disadvantage of poverty and disability given the nature of their impairments. Children with special needs are less likely to attend school than children without disability. It is estimated that one-third of all children not enrolled in school have a disability. Disability and impairment has a stronger impact on school attendance than gender.

Children with disability who do not attend school are more likely to live in poverty as adults.

In Uganda many children with special needs are hidden away by their parents/guardians due to fear of ridicule from society. Some are abandoned by their parents and left in the care of ailing grandparents who cannot provide adequate care and support.

According to the National Development Plan (NDP) 2010/11-2015/16 it is thought there are 1.22 million children with disabilities living in Uganda. Out of these, only 5% of these children access education in inclusive settings in regular schools and 10% have access to education in special schools. In Uganda, 10% of children with disabilities who require rehabilitative health services actually get them.

SUTCHI supports the education and enrollment of children with special needs into school and ensures that they stay in school. We provide school fees and other scholastic materials to children with special needs including brail materials for children with visual impairments. We believe that if we empower poor children with disability we will reduce on the number of adult dependants.

Many schools are not accessible to children with special needs. They do not have special needs teachers, classes have steps, and toilets are communal and too dirty for use by children with physical impairments who just crawl. We partner with schools to provide an inclusive learning environment for children with special needs by making sure that these schools are accessible.

SUTCHI supports the medical rehabilitation of children with special needs. For many of these children surgery and rehabilitation in form of physiotherapy and other therapies can make a difference between ability and disability. We facilitate children in rehabilitation centers and provided transport to and from these centers.


Small Capital Incentives

Also among our activities is provision of small capital incentives to organized groups of orphans’ families especially women who traditionally shoulder most of the burden in looking after orphans. Capital is provided for instance to those families engaged in crafts making as a means of livelihood to enhance their production capacity and to enable them acquire machinery

Gifts Drive

Do you have shoes, clothes, toys or books that you no longer need? These could make a lot of difference in a child’s life in Uganda. We donate used shoes, clothes and toys to children that can make very good use of them. So many children walk bare-footed to school a pair of shoes goes a long way in taking each child closer to his dream. Contact us for more details

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