HIV PREVENTION PROJECT IN SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES
The project raises awareness about HIV prevention measures and strategies in schools and communities i through radio talk shows, music, dance and drama using the edu-entertainment strategy…
URBAN GARDEN PROJECT
PINA established a demonstration urban garden at Lubugumu Ndejje to develop the capacity of youths in urban farming to provide them with alternative sources of income to enable support their households as well as boosting their nutritional status. We prepare nursery beds and distribute seedlings to vulnerable youths…
The project organizes youths on Sundays to provide more information on life saving skills and strategies and skills to cope with HIV. Group activities include interactive health talks, tailoring and knitting sessions and basic computer training skill to improve on their report writing skills and documentation skills…
COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
One of the most essential, yet often overlooked components of successful HIV treatment among children and adolescents living with HIV in Uganda is access to nutritious food. Many children miss their drugs because they cannot access daily food leading to malnutrition.People dedicated to make a difference…
80% of the children under the care of PINA Uganda are not in school. Although there is universal free primary and secondary education in Uganda; it’s difficult for children living with HIV/AIDS to attend school because they cannot afford to pay the minimum required school expenses like uniforms, exercise books and school maintenance costs. Additionally, caretakers and guardians may be reluctant to send these children to schools because many families do not understand the value of sending them to school and those who get a chance to go to school, majority drop out due the high levels of stigma and discrimination from students and teachers.
PINA Uganda offers scholarship opportunities to children to attend school.
Adherence to antiretroviral drugs (ARVs)
Adherence means taking medicine consistently and as prescribed by a health care provider at least 95% of the time. Non-adherence refers to the failure to take medication consistently and correctly, and it can include any of the following: missing one or multiple doses, not observing the correct time intervals between doses, or not observing dietary instructions. The consequences of non-adherence to ARV’s are serious: incomplete viral suppression, continued destruction of the immune system, disease progression, increased side effects and the development of resistant strains of HIV.
Many children at PINA Uganda have difficulty adhering to ARVs. Common reasons given for non adherence include lack of food, stigma from school, family and community, drug side-effects, inconvenience of taking many pills every day , difficult drug regimens, treatment fatigue forgetfulness, lack of treatment supporters,orphan hood issues, depression and the feeling that medications continually reinforce the reality of being HIV-infected.
At PINA Uganda, we organize Peer support group meetings to offer more time to children to interact with each other, share challenges, compare notes and learn from each. Peer support groups have supported children under the care of PINA Uganda to adhere to their life saving HIV Drugs.
Poultry for Life Project
The main objective of this project is to support 100 impoverished families of orphans living with HIV/AIDS to break the cycle of diseases and poverty by providing skills in poultry keeping as a means of income generation, restoration of food security; provide employment and economic independence and improvement of health and living standards among families of children living with HIV/AIDS.
The project would like to procure and install a hatchery/ egg incubator for chicks and establish two chicken cross breeding parent stock units (PINA office and Kalangala – Ssese Islands to support survivors of sexual abuse who also acquired HIV through sexual violence). Each bleeding unit will consist 100 chicks (parent stock). The cross bleeding units will also serve as demonstration sites for beneficiaries as well as sources of eggs for the hatchery. The chicks from the hatchery will be sold to members at a very low price a will and will also be sold to other interested farmers from the community. Proceeds will be ploughed back for sustainability. The proceeds generated from the sale of eggs and chicken from the demonstration unit will be used to train other beneficiaries, pay staff allowances and support individual/family based poultry units. The project is expected to benefit 100 families in the first year.
Urban Food Farming
The project strengthens the capacity of communities to care for children in families affected by HIV/AIDS. We train children and their families in sustainable organic agricultural skills, agribusiness, low-cost technologies, sanitation, and nutrition and income generation. This helps families to become self-sufficient, using low-cost solutions to combat hunger and poverty. The project has also helped families to develop to establish alternative sources of income to support their households as well as boosting their nutritional status. The project also offers an opportunity for beneficiaries to establish home based projects.
Home based projects support families to generate food and income by selling surplus vegetables produced from their gardens. It also help beneficiaries to replicate the skills they have learnt in their own communities, increasing the impact of the enterprise. We support families with start-ups and skills to market their produce through training in marketing and value addition.
Sewing for Life
We seek to empower children and their families through Skills Training. Sewing for Life program targets unskilled and unemployed children and adolescent both males and females to receive training in tailoring so that they can become financially independent. The skill training qualify them to apply for loans from commercial banks to establish their own businesses.
Because I am a Girl
The “Because I am a girl: Standing boldly against sexual violence” Initiative is an initiative that aims at educating communities about the social cultural norms and practices that rob girls of their right to be girls while educating parents to send their girls to school instead of sending them away as child brides as well as sensitizing communities to protect and support victims of sexual abuse to cope with the trauma of being defiled at such an early age.
The high prevalence of sexual abuse of children in Uganda and its long lasting negative impact pose an imminent threat to further spread of HIV/AIDS among children and violation of children’s rights to protection and development. In Kalangala fishing communities, two girls are defiled every week (Kalangala district annual report, 2016). Every day, children are exposed to some form of sexual abuse according to stories published by National and local televisions and newspapers.
Because I am a Girl is an initiative to empower girls especially in rural areas of Uganda through education. The initiative keeps referencing stories of girls that have been sexually abused by their parents, relatives, family friends, teachers, fellow students, and police among others.
Child Sexual abuse brings in psychological trauma from childhood and can lead to depression, dropping out from school, anxiety, substance abuse, interpersonal dysfunction, sexual problems and suicidal tendencies in varying degrees. Between Sept 2nd and October 2016, Daily monitor published 10 stories about girls between ages of 4months and 14years who had been defiled. Of the 10 defilers, three were fathers, one was an uncle, three were neighbors to the victims, one was a teacher and two were unknown to the girls.
In Uganda, when a girl is raped/defiled, instead of supporting her to cope with the trauma, she is blamed for what has been done to her and asked a lot of questions like, where were you at the time you were raped you,what time was it and what were you thinking about??? And sometimes rape happens because of lack of parenteral guidance and support.
The Because I am a girl initiative seeks to educate young girls and boys about sexual violence, the differences between safe and unsafe touches and how to get away from unsafe situations and how to seek help from a trusted adult through sharing personal stories in schools and communities, writing articles on sexual violence share on several social media platforms and newspapers, document stories of survivors of sexual abuse and produce a television series out of the documented stories “ Because I am girl Movie” to show what really survivors of sexual abuse go through in Uganda. The movie will inspire victims of sexual abuse to cope with the trauma and support them to tell their stories and also support other girls to participate in their own safety, thus protecting themselves from child abuse. Then they will grow into healthy adults without any ill effects of sexual abuse and they will not also become potential offenders having understood the empathy, respect and touching boundaries. The movie will also expose cultural practices that attach less value to girls.
We will work with Maryland Films Africa, a company that produces high quality educative and entertaining films together with other community existing structures to produce the movie. The movie will highlight challenges faced by girls and cultural practices that rob girls an opportunity to be called girls. Messages will request men to stop defiling their own daughters. We want to promote healthy relationships and to encourage boys and men to get involved in ending sexual violence in our communities. If more girls are educated, healthy and empowered, they can lift themselves and everyone around them out of the sexual assault terrors, preventing them from acquiring HIV/ AIDS and unwanted pregnancies among others.
The movie will also highlight factors that expose girls to sexual abuse including poverty among families, risky jobs and challenges faced by children – being forced to work as sex workers rather than attending school. This movie will also be shared on national and international conferences and will stimulate further discussions and research on issues faced by young girls worldwide. It will also inform public policy at various levels.