During the reporting period we focused on creating impact in the lives of the OVCs through curriculum sessions, linkages to health services and economic strengthening opportunities. This was made possible through partnerships with community structures especially Community Facilitators (CF), Para Social Workers (PSW) and District Based Trainers (DBT) who conducted weekly sessions with the supported groups/clubs on a weekly basis in the units of Education for Life, Enterprise Development, Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) and linkages to other services. A total of 4,617 OVC beneficiaries were linked to integrated HIV Testing Services (HTS) services as one of the interventions to promote integration of services among the youth.
In a bid to enhance the economic opportunities for the OVC youth, we supported placement of youth who have completed their club activities to acquire practical skills. To date 772 youths have been linked to Non Formal Education (NFE) through Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Youth have been linked to local artisans within the communities to train and mentor them in their selected enterprises and this has resulted into employment creation and business start ups among the youth. In addition, 4,890 children and young people benefited from the OVC plus up school subsidy, which enables the OVCs to attain formal education as well as increase retention and resilience.
Among these 3,571 are in primary while 1,319 are in secondary school. Youth Alive believes in education of the girl child where 51% of the beneficiaries of the school subsidy were girls who have gone back to school. The Income Generating Activities (IGA) booster was distributed to 15 clubs with the aim of improving their lives through group demos and replication at household level. Youth have been seen to be harvesting produce and starting up businesses using the IGA booster.
Enterprise Development training aims to enable youth to acquire knowledge and skills to place them in a better place to implement economic activities. Modules include agribusiness, savings, budgeting, selection, planning & management of IGAs. This reporting period, we supported the youth to do resource mapping through market surveys and develop fundable business proposals. To promote a saving culture among the youth, we have supported the establishment of over 100 Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) comprising over 3,000 youth who have embraced saving. By joining savings groups the youth have benefited greatly from obtaining small loans for business financing, personal development and contributed to household wellbeing.
In a bid to increase youth and women involvement in agriculture, we promoted community awareness around overcoming social barriers. We conducted dialogue meetings with community structures, parents and caregivers with an aim of engaging them to avail land to youth and women. We supported Youth Day Events to raise policy and cultural barriers around youth engagement in agriculture, and supported groups to organize district-wide campaigns utilizing music, dance, drama and sports. Youth Alive Uganda also supported youth groups to become legal entities by developing articles of association and registering with local government.