AWARE-Uganda has continued with our HIV/AIDS counseling and seminars amongst the community and this has encouraged more positive living and changed attitudes towards HIV/AIDS victims.
Many more have come out and declared their status and the community has accepted them.
There were one to one sessions with the community – especially women, who are affected, and this has helped them improve their confidence and gain a new hope to the future.
A maternity ward created for women with critical conditions at the AWARE Centre; this was made possible with assistance from Medicins Sans Frontiers/MSF (Doctors Without Borders) as part of their causem has involved NGOs to assist in identifying the pregnant women.
MSF has involved AWARE volunteers and midwives in identifying and providing treatment to the community who have to walk many miles to get to the health centre and to main hospital for delivery.
AWARE is working closely with the district health officers to ensure that the women are well cared for, and that they are in the conditions suitable for pregnant women. In particular, the hygiene of people in Kaabong is overwhelming with just 2% of toilet facilities having clean water.
AWARE members Grace Loumo and Auma Josephine have been trained by the Global Women's Water Initiative which provided AWARE with seed money to build a demonstration VIP latrine with water facilities. This will help many to benefit from the UNICEF project Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) which provides training.
The Early Child Development (ECD) Programme, a government programme within the ministry of education has continued to support AWARE Community Nursery by providing scholastic materials and food; 120 children have been enrolled for feeding and early education at the centre.
AWARE trained university students like Odero Albert, of University of Mukuno, in application of their practical skills in community development and administrations, mobilizations and monitoring, secretarial skills, photograph design, and communication skills – especially in working in an illiterate community.
AWARE has collaborated with district and community leaders in planning, sharing information, and technical assistance, is provided especially with personnel in the health department.
We have facilitated provisional food security by training women especially - and the men - in animal traction, to improve on the agriculture. This has been ongoing, and we have supplied ox ploughs, oxen, and seeds to the women.
They have ploughed many hectares, planted maize, sorghum and expecting a good harvest this year.
AWARE's Human Rights Programme continued by sensitizing the community on women and human rights.
More domestic violence has been reported to the authorities as a result.
The rights for women on land has been cleared, and now women and own land – and with the seeds provided to them, they can now plough their land and will use it for income-generating, especially after the crops have been harvested.
AWARE's Micro Finance scheme has been supported by the government and has given ten million shillings to lend to women and the money is used for income generating projects like poultry farming, cash crops, art and carts in pot making and beds making, grocery shop, this will assist them in improving their standard of living and send their children to school.
Political campaigns for members of parliament and presidential campaigns affected most of AWARE's projects since the candidates tend to promise and provide money that brings temporary relief and raises the community's hope.
However, after the campaigns are finished, the NGOs are left to continue the promise – and with lack of facilitation and money, there is just so much the organization can do.
High rates of Illiteracy amongst the community has been a big hindrance in accepting and in understanding the reasons and cause of all development issues.
Climate change: the hazards a of hot and windy environment affects the efficiency of the implementation of the projects and workshops.
The heavy rains with bad roads make the roads impassable, and hence, delays implementation and has caused landslides that have left more than ten dead, and blocked roads.
AWARE UGANDA (Action for women and Awakening in Rural Environment) was formed in 1989 by a group of local rural women of Kaabong District in Karamoja region, a semi-desert region in the North East of Uganda, bordering South Sudan and Kenya.
More than 27 million out of a population of 32 million people live in rural Uganda, the majority of whom have not been shielded from the harsh realities of poverty.
Lack of access to water and sanitation is already exposing rural women…