Sustainability is a key component of all our programmes and each of the projects below has a lasting impact on beneficiaries and their communities today.
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Project name: Health, Empowerment and Livelihoods (HEAL) for Adolescent Mothers
Location: Kasese, Western Uganda
Support by Global Giving Community Fund
Run at Act4Africa Uganda’s Resource Centre in Kasese, Western Uganda, this programme improved life chances and livelihoods for 300 adolescent mothers and their children.
Uganda’s Western region has the second highest prevalence of child marriage in the country and Kasese district has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the region (31%). The 2002 population and housing census reported that only 2.2% of females in Kasese district completed secondary school.
Kasese is a predominantly rural community where most people rely on subsistence farming. The population has also been affected by cross border conflict with the Democratic Republic of Congo and the rate of teenage pregnancy is high due to rape and defilement.
As with all Act4Africa HEAL programmes, the beneficiaries received sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), HIV prevention & life skills training. Weekly group meetings were facilitated by the Act4Africa’s experienced project team developing beneficiary’s self-confidence and entrepreneurship.
The programme resulted in a reduction in adolescent mothers becoming sex workers and engaging in risky sexual behaviour. Adolescent mothers became socially and emotionally empowered with improved livelihood opportunities and life chances for themselves and their children.
Financial literacy training and an introduction to the culture of saving helped shape the young mothers into financially independent individuals. Their new skills enabled them to live healthier, more positive lives and develop initiatives and solutions themselves to poverty-related challenges. As a result, they became less isolated, more confident, and more independent. Read some of their stories on our blog and their personal accounts on the our Global Giving Project Report page.
Project name: HEAL Malawi (Health, Empowerment and Livelihoods)
Project location: Malawi
Project dates: Phase 1: 2014 – 2015; Phase 2: 2016-17
Project supported by: Souter Trust and Soroptimist International Manchester
In 2014-15, Act4Africa also ran a successful, one year HEAL project in Malawi, supported by the Souter Trust. The project trained 50 Community Mentors and provided HIV prevention training, business enterprise coaching, and life-skills classes for 1500 out-of-school adolescent girls and young women and a further 750 men and women in their communities.
Thanks to generous support from Soroptimist International Manchester we are now able to build upon the HEAL project, changing the lives of women and girls living in extreme poverty in the Mchinji district. We are training a further 20 Community Mentors who will set up local women’s savings groups comprising 25 members in each of their villages.
Act4Africa staff assist with the setup of each group, providing advice on constitution and officers, record-keeping and bank arrangements, as well as facilitating financial literacy training to the group. Groups meet once or twice a month and at each meeting, members put a small amount into a group savings account. Members can then submit requests for loans to support individual or collective business projects.
As well as providing this much needed economic empowerment, the HEAL project educates women and girls in their sexual and reproductive health rights and engages them in discussions about the gender equality issues they face in their lives. Find out more here.
Project name: GEHKU (Gender Equality & Health Kasese, Uganda)
Project location: Kasese, Uganda
Project dates: 2012 – 2016
Project supported by: The Big Lottery Fund
Over a four year period, Act4Africa’s ambitious GEHKU project has reduced the spread and effects of HIV/AIDS in Uganda by reaching approximately 300,000 people in Kasese District in Western Uganda. The project has improved access to health education and mitigated the factors contributing to HIV transmission using interactive teaching/communication programmes that draw on Theatre for Development (TfD) techniques.
The Big Lottery funded project has informed and influenced vulnerable target groups, improved knowledge of risk of HIV infection, promoted the human and the sexual rights of women, challenged gender inequality and reduced the stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS, and people with disabilities. 300 teachers, health workers and traditional herbalists have also been provided with training opportunities to improve their skills in these areas. Mobile and house-to-house HIV testing and counselling has been provided and the project has left a sustainable resource of over 300 community-based trainers and 300 school-based peer educators. Read more about the project on the blog.
Project name: Healthier Lives
Project location: Tanzania
Project dates: 2012 – 2014
Project supported by: Eleanor Rathbone Trust plus supporter donations.
The project delivered interactive training sessions within schools, discussing HIV prevention, gender equality and gender respect. Two Peer Educators were trained at each participating school, enabling ongoing ‘Life Club’ drama groups to serve as interactive discussion forums for ongoing health/ gender education and support.
Project name: STRIDES (Strengthening Reproductive Health Services )
Project location: Uganda
Project dates: 2010 – 2012
Project supported by: USAid
The aim of Act4Africa’s STRIDES project was to enable the young people in the Mayuge District of Uganda to take full control of their lives through improved access to sexual and reproductive health services and information.
The project has led to young people and adult community members having better access to ante natal care and safe live births together with information and care regarding Sexually Transmitted Infections, condom distribution, teenage pregnancy, contraceptive use and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV .