Fighting HIV/Aids stigma against Women by Activiting empathy and awareness in Schools and communities

Fighting HIV/Aids stigma against Women by Activiting empathy and awareness in Schools and communities

Kampala, UgandaKampala, Uganda
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

we are a community capacity building institution registered since december 2004,Our core programs are capacity building,care & advocacy for the vulnerable

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We are fighting stigma against women living with Hiv/Aids.In Uganda nearly every family has lost a member or a friend due to Hiv/Aids. Whereas the country has made significant progress in combating the epidermic, for the women living with the disease, each day is a nightmare. While positive men can move on with there normal life, women have to struggle with overcoming stigma at every level of the society on a daily basis.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

By Activating emphathy, changing people's. The goal of Mothers of Hope is to fight stigma right at the schools and community level. We do this by raising awareness and empowering those considered by society as victims by making them active players through music, art and theatrical performances. By making the affected people ambassodors of hope, we want to send a signal to the community that these women deserve a chance and acceptance in society. With the prevalent rate at 7% Uganda has still a long battle a head, we hope that this project would make some contribution to making women's life better
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The project motivates the infected women to come out of the closet and declare their status, this help in the prevention of new infections, secondly, the project provides for the affected persons and their family a support structure by linking them to other women going through similar life conditions. The idea here is, that synagistic actions isolation, depression and loneliness would be overcome. Through exchanges and experience sharing new ways of coping with the the diesease are learnt.Thirdly, the project empower women financially through art and crafts whereby the affeced women directly earn from their handcrafts, this money helps them to buy crucial medicines and care for their families. We are activiting empathy by encouranging participation of these sick women, we want to break stereotypes and stigma by helping those infected and the non infected mutually interact. We do this through school outreach whereby we perform music, art, drama, exhibition and sharing personal testimony.Our solution makes a difference because it looks at the problem in a systemic way, we engage family members, community leaders, the private sector which is potential employer of these women, we engage public institutions and finally, we publicise our activities in the media.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Our Peers are the local organisation of women women living with Hiv/Aids,Schools local authorities and health practitioner. Our competitors are big national and international organisations that possess ernomous resources. What differentiates us is our approach to the problem. We put the affected person at the front and we let them design how best they want to commnicate their message. In addition we employ a three tier approach: reactivatation, rehabilitation, participation of the affected in the society.We see no immediate threat from our competitors nevertheless we acknowledge our lack of financial resources to fully optimize our activities.
About You
Organization:
Africa Mentoring Institute
About You
First Name

Paul

Last Name

Nsereko Kinobi

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Africa Mentoring Institute

Organization Country

, Kampala

Country where this project is creating social impact

, WAK, Kampala

Your role in Education

Administrator.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Public (tuition-free)

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Mothers of Hope is a project of women living with Hiv/Aids supported by the Africa Mentoring Institute

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Its generic and down to earth approach.Women use recycled materials to produce their handcrafts and use voices to fight back injustices

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Todate, we have brought together over 50 women living positive with Hiv/Aids, these women have been empowered with different skills such as communication skills, hygiene and and proper nutrition skills, business skills and basic computer literacy skills.The most important aspect of our trainings is that the affected women have been empowered to pass on similar skills to sub-community groups where they live. This solution not only enables us to reach more affected women it also encourages the affected women to feel a sense citiizenship and self worth.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

we plan to recruit more 300 isolated women, these focal persons should have the capacity to reach 25 Women in their communitties living positive with Hiv/Aids. We plan to widen our schools outreach campaign to the North of the country, a region worst affected by the rebel activities of the Lord's resistance Army by Joseph Kony.Further more, we purpose to hold our annual annual Mothers of Hope Art and Craft exhibition Award where best actors shall be recognised. It is also a direct source of income for the women.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The most likely barrier is lack of adquate resources for the organisation and outreach activities. We hope to limit this by applying for financial support to several public and private sector players. We also intend to intensify our marketing department to distribute our home made materials to a wider community. At the moment we have earmarked potetial distributors in Iceland, Germany and Norway

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Quantitative growth of 50 new active members. Raise finance to secure mobile van that facilitates school outreachl ou

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

To do home-visit and use of referals from clinics and counseling centers.This should enable us to recruit new members

Task 2

ecruiting atleast 100 new members.

Task 3

qualitative improvement in the approach, training materials and center of activities decentralized

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Consolidation of progress

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

To ensure smooth transition from main offices to local satelite offices we plan to identify offices and furniture them

Task 2

uplicate our head office training and awareness campaign activities at the community level

Task 3

Organise a national get together of all the members at the National conference center

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

It was a quiet morning when, Rose entered into our humble office, in a very shy but determined tone, she asked if we had any job available for her. We asked her if she wanted any specific job and she insisted, any job as long as it can enable me buy some crucial anti-retroviral medicine and look after my children. She opened up about her health status and explained to us why she was trying hard to fight stigma whenever she enters any office to seek work. Because we did not have the capacity to recruit her, we asked her if she could think of create of anything that we can translate into a job. She then told us she could neat mats, on that same day, she sold to us twobeautiful hand-made mats from recycled materials and palm tree leaves. This marked the begining of the group mothers of Hope, from here we widened our approach from one person to several other women suffering from similar problems.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

we partner with local women associations, community development organisations, faith-based insistitutions, media houses and youth organisations, volunteers exchange organisations and schools, the Uganda Police, Human Rights organisation. In all our partnerships, our main goal is raising awareness and empathy towards reducing stigma on people living with Hiv/Aids

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

we have a team of three international volunteers, a database of 40 ready volunteers plus the 50 women who are already flag bearers of our programs in the community

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

We shall build on that already existing Africa Mentoring Institute research capacity and talents. We also have potential innovation and creative ideas that needs the right incubator to blossom, hopely this grant would provide us with the neccessary support to aquire the tools and finance our mobilisation drives.

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