CAP-AIDS Uganda works in partnership with rural grassroots community based organizations/AIDS support organizations to help Ugandans resist, survive and overcome the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Uganda.
To this end, CAP AIDS – Uganda:
1. Implements projects alongside carefully selected Ugandan community partner organizations in support of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment and impact mitigation activities
2. Improves the capacity of those organizations to access resources from national and multinational HIV/AIDS funding resources and implement activities in their own right and;
3. Develops solidarity partnerships between Uganda AIDS Service Organizations and others.
CAP AIDS – Uganda’s General Objectives are to:
Reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS
Provide relief, treatment, and comfort to people living with AIDS
Help orphans, families and communities to cope with the effects of HIV/AIDS
Promote and protect the human rights of people and communities affected by HIV/AIDS
Background & Organizational Experience:
CAP AIDS – Uganda is a locally registered, Non-Profit Making & Charitable Organization. The organization was first registered as an NGO on April 13th, 2007 (S. 5914 / 6951) and received a renewal for another period of 3 years on April 13th, 2008. On April 18, 2016 its license was again renewed by the National NGO Board for yet another period of 5 years which expires in 2021.
CAP AIDS – Uganda works in partnership with grassroots Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that are working in their communities to resist, survive and overcome HIV/AIDS impact.
At the outset of all partnerships, CAP AIDS – Uganda assesses the organizational and programmatic strengths and weaknesses of grassroots Community Based Organizations (CBOs). We then provide tailored capacity building support to empower them as community development actors in their communities and work alongside them to implement projects using a ‘learning through doing’ model. Once we have developed a track record with a partner we then provide small grants to further support their capacity in HIV & AIDS prevention, care and community development initiatives. This model respects CBOs as best positioned to implement sustainable activities within their communities due to their specific local knowledge, relationships and commitment to project outcomes over the long term.
Since 2007, CAP AIDS – Uganda has worked with numerous CBOs in Uganda to support their efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS epidemic. Some of the organizations are Dyer Tek PLWA Association, OgabaP’Dano PLWA Association, Oribcing Association, and MayamMayam Association in the Acholi Sub-region, Agwata VHT Association, Lira Neighborhood Women Group, OpitKic Association in Dokolo district, and AbokeWomen HIV/AIDS Association in Kole district and Needy Support Center(NSC) in Nakawa in Kampala.
Our primary funding over the years has come through our longtime partner in Canada – the Canada Africa Partnership (CAP Network). Since 2007, we have received funding totaling more than CAD $400,000 through the CAP Network to implement the following projects with our Ugandan community partners:
- Home Based Care & Support to Bedridden People Living With AIDS: implemented in Lira, Wakiso and Kampala Districts to bring home-based care to PLWAs
- Safe Delivery & Motherhood: implemented in AgwataSub-County aimed at reducing the HIV/AIDS incidence among child bearing mothers and safe delivery among the rural expecting mothers.
- Enhancing Agricultural Activities of People Living with AIDS & Widows: working with 100 families to increase their agricultural output, improve livelihoods and increase access to healthy food
- Economic Empowerment of PLWA Widows& Youth: working with widows and PLWA to engage in income generating activities (IGA)
- Bicycle Distribution Program: Over 200 bicycles distributed to rural communities to necessitate care, support and awareness on HIV & AIDS
- Local Hero Project: enhancing care and support to bed ridden people living with AIDS
- Micro Finance Project: supporting war returnees, people living with AIDS, widows and orphans through economic empowerment activities (individual and social enterprises.) that included training in enterprise management and establishment of viable saving schemes.
- The Safe Livelihoods Project: facilitating 200 youth-heading HIV/AIDS-Orphaned families with skills, knowledge, basic vocational training and micro-finance for self-employment
In 2011, CAP AIDS – Uganda purchased land in Boroboro, Lira District and began construction of the Home of Hope. Based on lessons learned through past projects focused on supporting Caregivers and Youth in developing sustainable rural livelihoods, we determined that there was a need for an affordable livelihoods training centre which could be accessed by CBOs and their members. Along with project-based agricultural training, CAP AIDS – Uganda is presently implementing a piggery and tree nursery demonstration projects at Home of Hope to support CBOs and their individual members in generating incomes to support their livelihoods and orphans, and provide knowledge and skills through trainings. In addition, we are also implementing HIV/AIDS Outreach micro-project with the community of Aboke and Boroboro through Aboke HIV/AIDS Women Association and ObangaBer Women Group respectively. Finally, we are also implementing Village Savings & Loan scheme with the above two CBOs to improve income earnings, savings and investments of the group members.
Management Structure & Capacity:
CAP AIDS – Uganda is a professionally managed NGO led by a highly qualified Board of Directors who provide oversight and strategic direction to our operations. The Director of Africa Programs (Volunteer) based in Kampala and the Program Coordinator based at Home of Hope in Boroboro are key personnel in the steering and management of CAP AIDS – Uganda.
In an effort to maximize output in the community, CAP AIDS – Uganda concentrates on the issue of capacity building of the grassroots community based organizations (CBOs). In turn these organizations sustain the capacity to professionally handle project implementations since they are closer to the communities and therefore know how to deal with the various community needs and ways of behavior. By implementing alongside these community organizations, we are able to keep our staff team lean and ensure that more funds are allocated to direct programming outcomes in our partner communities.