Highlights of UVF Achievements as by 2018
The unlimited services of UVF over the years are performed in line with the Mission, Vision, Values and the broad objectives of the organization, that have remained relevant to the needy communities. Achievements recorded by UVF include;
- Empowering women and girls with education and sustainable life skills so as to eradicate poverty.
- 240 women in the rural areas of Ssisa benefited from cottage industry training with focus on manufacturing liquid soap, making crafts and agriculture.
- 180 of the above women applied for micro-credit to stimulate their businesses but only 7 have benefitted owing to financial limitations
- 8 women groups supported with Financial Literacy training's towards starting functional saving groups, 3 of which are operational
Generally, the women and girls in the targeted communities are socialized to accept being backward bearing in mind that majority of them dropped out of school, got pregnant and ended up being single mothers. They are grossly affected due to gender issues like girls not attending school, being denied developmental knowledge, having no traditional right to land and being forced into early marriages. All these issues affect their economic potential and keep them women at the lowest rank of society, tolerating abuse and extreme poverty.
- Seek sponsoring support for orphans and vulnerable children to cater for their education, health and basic food requirements.
- 250 orphans and vulnerable children matched to individual sponsors from Ireland, Israel and UK over the last 5 years. These sponsors mainly provide support in terms of scholastic materials and basic domestic support
- Out of the above children, 8 have been supported with tuition for both primary and secondary school.
- Through our volunteer network, we also supported the construction of school facilities including a dormitory and bathroom for Entebbe Road Primary School. Before our intervention, the boys were exposed to the risks of sleeping in the open classroom blocks making them susceptible to the risks of attacks from snakes, disease and extreme weather conditions.
Many of the children in this community of Ssisa, Bwebajja, Nakawuka and Kawuku come from dysfunctional families, in most cases where children are raised by single mothers who can barely afford all the requirements for a good education and the other basic needs like food and clothing. This situation is the result of a number of demographic factors. Uganda has one of the highest fertility rates with an average of 7 children per woman and the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the world standing at 25%. This population explosion in light of the meager resources has led to the development of slums that propagate crime, early marriages, high school dropout rates and a cycle of poverty.
- To advocate for improved social services to disadvantaged communities. This involve partnerships that led to construction of wells and latrines as well as establishment of vocational institutions, distribution of primary health services.
- 1 well was constructed in Baka village to support 65 households that are currently not connected to the national water grid.
- 4 rainwater harvesting tanks constructed for Kitende B, Entebbe Primary School, Makandwa and Sagara communities where children and women only used to access water from a distand and dirty water pond that is located about 7 kilometres from the residential areas.
- Tip taps provided to incorporate the hand washing culture in 27 locations including households, schools and health centres
By 2018 UVF had improved the livelihood of 500 homesteads and 300 children supported with basic needs like education at the partner and UVF School.
- Through a partnership with Kajjansi Health Centre IV, we have managed to extend health care to over 28 families in acute need of drugs and health services.