Wednesday, 28 May 2014


Kibaale District Civil Society Organization’s Network (KCSON) is an IDF grantee in Kibale district. KSCON with financial and technical support from IDF implemented a women and children advocacy project in Bwanswa, Mugarama, Mabaale and Bwikara sub counties, with particular focus on Health Services. The project aimed at empowering women and children in Kibale to seek, demand, internalize and practice human rights principles for sustainable growth and development. This action resulted into increased awareness and consciousness on the rights of women and children, as well as increased participation of women and children in decision making processes. Children were educated on their rights and responsibilities which they strived to fulfil while women especially those living with HIV/AIDs were empowered with knowledge and skills on their rights and economic sustainability.
Increased Awareness On Children Rights.
Reports indicate that majority of the children in Kibale are denied their right to education and opportunity to inherit their parents’ property. Some children are forced into early marriages and incest. However with the formation of child rights clubs at Mabaale Secondary School, Kyadyoko Primary School, Kiranzi Primary School, and Kyakahuku Primary School, children were made to understand their rights to education. These clubs sensitised the children about children rights and responsibilities because rights and responsibilities go hand in hand.  This was done through radio talk shows and face to face meetings. According to Kyaligonza Winnie, a parent and volunteer under this program, children advocacy has yielded. “We are now seeing children fulfilling their responsibilities a little more than before and this means reduced cases of rights abuse” Winnie notes.
Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLAS) Promote Economic Sustainability among women living with HIV/AIDS
In the bid to achieve sustainable growth and development, KSCON mobilized and introduced the women in Mabaale Sub County to the VSLA model. Three VSLAs were formed and have since gotten women together to share about human rights and their association too. The women are able to save their money and also borrow money from the group at low interest rates. Members have used their savings to start income generating activities like piggery, farming and brick laying projects. An increase in the members’ incomes and improvement in their livelihoods has been witnessed.

Kyaligonza Winnie a member and volunteer under this program notes that; “I borrowed UGX.200, 000 from the group and used it to hire casual labourers to work in my garden. I then planted maize and beans which i harvested and sold at UGX.856, 600. I used this money to pay school fees for my daughter who was doing a Nursing course. My life has greatly improved since i joined the association. These VSLAs have also eased my work as a volunteer i am able to share with the women about human rights during our meetings. The members also use the meetings to share and find solutions to their domestic problems”. 
According to Winnie, the project has restored hope to the women in Mabaale, especially those with HIV/AIDS who were living stigmatized, and penny less lives.
Winnie sharing with the members during one of their meetings.