- HIV/AIDS PREVENTION, CARE AND MITIGATION
Community Response for HIV and AIDS Prevention, Care and Mitigation Program
The project aims at engaging communities in managing and mitigating HIV and AIDS related problems. Our staff and volunteers work with other community based organizations to combat AIDS and its effects through training, capacity building and direct service provision.
The community especially women and youth groups are encouraged to participate in the program. This program has helped to improve the welfare and the quality of life of orphaned children and those who take care of them as well as the sickly widows.
CSF has further offered training of local community leaders, councilors, and home care providers, service providers for people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Support offered include basic nutritional foods, clothing and very small grants for starting and sustaining micro projects to especially child- headed homes, widows. Young people have been further encouraged to take part in livelihood and vocational skills trainings so as to improve their own lives.
- SMALLHOLDER FARMER DEVELOPMENT
Livelihood skills promotion (Income Generating Program)
CSF encourages communities to engage in IGAs that sustainably utilizes the resources available in their communities. This is done through promotion of entrepreneurship skills like farming, bakery and other small scale activities to complement the family incomes. Other skills of traditional craftsmanship, food harvesting and storage are also taught to the rural communities with a view of promoting food security.
Other sources of income that are promoted include bee keeping, fish farming, basket and mat weaving, goat keeping, piggery, etc. CSF has promoted sustainable farming practices through organizing famer exchange visits, establishment of demonstration gardens and model farmers in our project area. Especially women and their families learn how to address their basic nutritional requirements through the incorporation of indigenous crops into their farming techniques.
Civic & Environmental Education seminars have helped raise awareness about crop diversification and the importance of local food production.
- PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PROMOTION
- Advocacy & Networking
CSF is at the forefront of working towards securing rights for vulnerable sexual and religious minorities in Uganda. We work with the minority communities, providing education and training to enable them to claim their rightful place in society.
We lobby the Ugandan government alongside and on behalf of minorities. We compile and publish authoritative reports that are widely valued by academics and journalists, while pioneering legal cases for advancing the protection of minorities in Uganda under international law.
Our work offers overwhelming evidence that the inclusion of minority communities leads to stronger, more cohesive societies. We strongly believe it is clear that exclusion can result in instability and conflict.
Our overall strategy includes:
- Participation in local, national, regional and international networks of human rights activists to implement informed, collaborative, and strategic advocacy programmes.
- Promotion of exchange programmes between national activists, educators and community leaders.
- Mobilizing Community Defenders of Rights of Minority Groups through participating in Local Governance in Kabarole, Western Uganda
Project works towards promotion of human rights through promoting efforts of Human Rights Defenders. With funding from The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, project utilize strategies of communication, lobbying, education and sensitization are utilized to encourage individuals to participate in the local council systems in Kabarole district with a view to curtailing gross human rights abuses by communities and the local government leadership.
These are therefore instrumental in acting as watch dogs for human rights abuses and violations of people’s rights as well as involving them in sensitizing fellow community members about general human rights, and the minority group’s rights.
- Civic Education
Youth Sensitization on Land Reform in Uganda
Uganda has in the recent past witnessed a rise in conflict as a result of numerous evictions of individuals from their land. To curb this situation, government has made changes to the laws that govern land ownership in the country through the Land Act (2010); effectively amending the Land Act of 1998.
However, there has been very limited public education about the existing land laws or even the proposed amendments leading to distortion of facts which has provoked more public opposition to the proposed changes.
CSF obtained funding from Open Society Institute (OSI) through the Youth Action Fund, and this project provided information to local communities on how to regularize ownership of their land through appropriate strategies of Information Education and Communication so as to enable the public take advantage of the positive existing laws.
Through targeting youth leaders in our project area, Sensitization Focus Groups have been formed and then be organized and motivated to form information centers for land matters and referral systems for individuals who may require specialized professional advice so as to ensure continued information flow and follow up even after the activity implementation.
- LEGAL AID
CSF is one of few resources providing comprehensive free access to the law of Uganda. Since ignorance of the laws is no defense, then we shall work towards a society that knows the laws of their land.
- RURAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
- ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
- Wetland Conservation Project
Programme for Mobilizing Community Wetland Defenders aims at confronting dire environmental consequences faced by Kabarole district; Western Uganda and is funded by the Rufford Small Grants Foundation for Nature Conservation through Sam Muhumuza the Project Coordinator.
The underlying causes of wetland destruction in Uganda has been the insatiable desire of the rich and poor to derive livelihood from wetlands, compounded by high population growth rates exerting pressure on land leading to wetlands destruction. Prevalent impacts of wetland destruction include adverse local climate modification, frequent flooding, among others.
Very limited awareness on usefulness of wetlands among the population calls for sensitization and educational programmes to empower local communities with knowledge and awareness with a view of influencing positive shift of attitude and practices towards conservation of these ecosystems.
Project is involving communities in wetlands management through:
Communications: to create awareness and raise people’s conscience about wetlands through mass media and project team presentations.
Lobbying: persuading key decision makers to realize the importance of wetlands and influencing wetland related local government legislation.
Education and Sensitization: training and developing capacity of key target audiences to get an understanding of the dynamics of wetlands, sustainable wetland utilization and management.
Young wetland defenders: This project is also promoting environmental conservation among youth, specifically targeting primary and secondary school as well as tertiary institution students. Specific activities targeting these students include tree planting in their schools and communities, organizing field trips and workshops.
- Tree planting
CSF has developed a program which engages communities in establishing tree nurseries and planting seedlings on public lands, degraded forest areas, and private farms. This program includes Community & Environmental Education activities for all community members.
From the inception of this program, over half a million trees in Kabarole district have been planted by the communities thereby increasing national forest cover and restoring essential ecosystems. With the drastic reduction of Uganda’s forest cover over the years, communities have been suffered from severe crop failure and water shortages.
We have planned to plant four (4) million trees in the next five (5) years covering all the available open patches in our project area.
- Community Environment Education
The Community Environment Education program is an educational and empowerment platform upon which all other CSF conservation programs are hinged. CSF organizes Community Environment Education activities to especially enlighten community groups like Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations (SACCOs), churches and other gatherings and these activities have been fundamental to CSF’s community environmental conservation programs.
The goal of Community Environment Education is to raise awareness about the relationship between poverty and environmental degradation. Issues discussed range from community’s basic needs, such as human rights to sustainable natural resource management.