Projects in Uganda
The Community Agribusiness Project builds community capacity at the grass-roots level and strategically responds to food security vulnerabilities. The Project advances the Feed the Future Initiative, and was established in 2013 with the vision of empowering Ugandan community members to enjoy sustainable livelihoods in vibrant economies. In 2015, 31 Community Agribusiness Volunteers reached a total of 5,800 individuals, assisted 2,900 organizations and associations with food security related interventions, and constructed over 50 demonstration permagardens.
Volunteers serving within this project work with Ugandan counterparts under three main goals:
- Business Development and Personal Money Management
- Improved Agribusiness Practices
- Improved Child Nutrition
The Uganda Primary Literacy Project in partnership with the Uganda Ministry of Education Science Technology and Sports focuses on improving teaching; increasing pupils’ success; and improving the school community. Volunteer are either placed as Teacher Trainers at primary teacher’s colleges or as Literacy Specialists in affiliated primary schools.
In its three years, the Project has trained over 12,000 pre-service and in-service teachers in over 29 districts across Uganda and improved the reading skills of over 8,000 pupils. Volunteers have created or helped develop 45 libraries, ICT labs, and resource rooms equipped with over 80,000 books funded by Books for Africa creating increased access to resources for almost 24,637 learners and school community members.
The Health project focuses on three goals: HIV/AIDS mitigation, with a focus on prevention, care, and support for people living with and affected by HIV; improvement of maternal and child health services and promotion; malaria prevention; and water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion at the community level. Community Health Volunteers are fully funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and work to implement many PEPFAR core programs.
Additionally, Peace Corps partners with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to align Volunteer activities in support of the Saving Mothers Giving Life initiative in Uganda. In 2015, 10,901 priority populations were reached with HIV prevention interventions, and 1168 orphans and vulnerable children were served.
Let Girls Learn
Let Girls Learn (LGL) is a U.S. Government initiative that aims to address barriers to girls’ education around the world by seeking to increase girls’ school completion and encourage girls to reach their full potential. Peace Corps Uganda launched this initiative in 2015 with three objectives:
- Improve opportunities for girls to attain quality education.
- Increase girls’ leadership and overall perceived sense of agency.
- Increase community engagement in support of positive, gender-equitable norms that facilitate girls’ education and full participation in economic and community life.
Volunteers across all sectors in Uganda are uniquely positioned to implement these various interventions. In 2016, the Let Girls Learn Youth Technical Trainings reached over 250 Trainers with Gender, Youth Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, and Healthy Living skills.
President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
The HIV/AIDS Program in Peace Corps Uganda is implemented through an HIV/AIDS Committee, which is chaired by a Volunteer and supervised by the PEPFAR Coordinator. The core activity of this committee involve planning and designing training programs in areas such as HIV/AIDS basics, transmission, major drivers and prevention strategies. As part of HIV/AIDS care and support, Peace Corps, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, also provides small grants to support Volunteer projects that address economic needs of orphans and vulnerable children. Starting January 2016, Peace Corps enrolled district based HIV/AIDS trainings in 5 district reaching nearly 120 people.
President's Malaria Initiative
Malaria is implemented through the Malaria Think Tank and comprises of up to 6 members and chaired by a Peace Corps Volunteer. Their activities involve mobilizing Peace Corps Volunteers to implement malaria projects which include activities such as; Malaria bed net repair, distribution of bed nets and health education on malaria prevention. These activities are mainly and widely implemented across the three sectors during World Malaria Month. The Peace Corps Volunteers in the committee also support partnership and networking with different organizations including Presidents's Malaria Initiative in order to maximize impact at community level.