The first case of HIV/AIDS was discovered in the Rakai district of Uganda in the early 1980s. Since then the impact of the disease has devastated the entire community; particularly effecting children. While some children are infected with the HIV virus or living with AIDS, others are greatly affected by the loss of parents and siblings.
Despite efforts by government and non-government organizations, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the District remains the highest in the country. We work in our community to support and educate in the following ways:
- Visiting schools to educate the children about HIV/AIDS; including how it is transmitted from person to person, share people’s experience with the disease (by video) to reduce stigma and advise how to manage the disease if they have it
- Organizing inter-school sports competitions with an aim of speaking to children about HIV/ AIDS while at the same time developing their sporting talents
- Organizing community sports events to bring people together to discuss and educate about HIV/AIDS
- Training community leaders on how to support those that are HIV/AIDS positive
- Working with Hope Again Women’s Ministry we support women, to generate income for themselves thereby minimizing their over dependence on men and reducing their vulnerability. . In their desperation to feed their children, women are vulnerable to men who are HIV/AIDS positive but have money
This fight is on and we welcome you to join us so that we can save the next generation in Rakai and Uganda.
Malaria Control Program
The cost of treating Malaria is much higher than the cost of its prevention. In Uganda, Malaria remains the major cause of death for children because many families cannot afford to get proper treatment. In an effort to prevent Malaria we are:
- Educating communities about Malaria and how to avoid it
- Distributing mosquito nets to vulnerable families
- Arranging periodical fumigation at selected boarding schools
Mosquito nets are the most effective way of preventing Malaria. Each quality twin sized mosquito net costs US$20 and just 3 nets would be needed to save a family.