Giving back to community
For every Tour package sold, a percentage of funds is donated to Non-profit Community Based Organizations. It is our responsibility at Attractions Africa Tours & Travel; to help improve the welfare of the Community especially the “Rural Poor.’’ On several occasions, we have donated relief items including Clothes, food, shoes, Beddings, Scholastic materials, Medical care services, Sports equipment and school fees to Sanyu Foundation-Uganda beneficiaries.
Why Sanyu Foundation-Uganda?
Sanyu Foundation works with Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rakai District, South Western Uganda. It is Tragic to note that, the first HIV/AIDS Victim in Uganda was discovered in 1982 at Kasensero landing site in Rakai District by Doctor Rwegaba, the District Medical Officer, by then. Thus, the District was much hit by the Epidemic as compared to other parts of the country. Since then, the far reaching impacts of the epidemic have continued to manifest themselves by the high number of Child-headed homesteads, Orphans and vulnerable children as well as severe Malnutrition among children below 5 years of age.
In other words, the Foundation is strategically established at the center of the needy, poor local community to bring hope, smiles and positive change to its native people.
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The word “ Sanyu” means “Happiness” in Luganda, one of Uganda’s widely spoken local languages.
Sanyu Foundation is a Non-profit Community Based Organisation (CBO), founded in 2004 by a group of professionals comprising of Health workers, education professionals, Social workers and Humanitarians; who were concerned about the poor health conditions, absolute poverty, poor education services and the impacts of adverse effects of climate change on poor local communities in rural Districts of Uganda.
We work with Special focus on Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Youths, the Elderly and Women in Rakai District, South Western Uganda. It is Tragic to note that, the first HIV/AIDS Victim in Uganda was discovered in 1982 at Kasensero landing site in Rakai District by Doctor Rwegaba, the District Medical Officer, then. Thus, the District was much hit by the Epidemic as compared to other parts of the country. Since then, the far reaching impacts of the epidemic have continued to manifest themselves by the high number of Child-headed homesteads, Orphans and vulnerable children as well as severe Malnutrition among children below 5 years of age. In other words, the Foundation is strategically established at the centre of the needy, poor local community to bring hope, smiles and positive change to the native people.
Since 2004, we have worked with poor local communities to find solutions to their unique problems and to achieve self sustainability on their own terms.
This is in line with Millennium development goals (MDG’s) which includes Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, reduce child mortality rates, universal access to basic education, recognition of the importance of human health, protection, and gender equality.
The Foundation is concerned with the low levels of community participation in development processes thus seeking to provide a platform through which members of the community can find solutions to their unique problems. It is the first of its kind given the fact that there is no any other Organisation working on severe community problems directly hindering development in Rakai District.
Sanyu foundation realized that for any further positive changes to take place, local communities must be involved directly into poverty alleviation and development programs tailored to their unique needs. Therefore the Foundation aims at creating awareness and activism amongst local communities regarding adverse social problems, empowering them with knowledge and skills of carrying out and sustaining income generating activities, prevent diseases, mobilisation, as well as enhancing their active participation in planning, implementation and monitoring of their development programs.
To empower and support local communities in Health, Poverty alleviation, Education, Climate change Adaptation and mitigation projects/programs; through capacity building, research, advocacy and active participation; to achieve sustainable development.
Active participation of members of the local community in capacity building programs and development projects. This is essential, because without participation there can be no empowerment. We encourage local communities to make decisions and find their own solutions to their unique problems.
Our core values
• Honesty and transparency
• Gender sensitivity
• Multi-national Teamwork
• Respect for culture and each other
Thematic concerns / area’s
Sanyu Foundation aims at empowering the local community to create solutions to their unique problems with Special focus on Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Youths, the Elderly and Women .Our priority areas include
1. Care and support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC’s)
Vulnerable children are those at a greater risk of suffering social, mental and physical harm arising from extreme adverse circumstances. An orphan is a child below 18 years of age who has lost one or both parents. By virtue of status, most orphans are vulnerable.
Problems of orphans include diseases such as HIV/AIDs, Malaria, Immunisable diseases, malnutrition, drop out of school, sexual exploitation, child labour, defilement and rape; inadequate health care, discrimination, property grabbing from relatives, among others.
Sanyu foundation services to OVC’s include support in formal education, nutrition support , promoting their rights, support in vocational skills training, access to health care services and much more.
• Maternal and Child Health
Special attention is given to all women of child-bearing age. We strongly advocate for “Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT).
- Youth health friendly services/adolescent health
We ensure that youth get the same level of medical care services as adults. They have a right to privacy and access to health facilities and services; without Stigma or discrimination of any kind based on gender, age or ethnicity (tribe). It is also our responsibility to sensitise the youth about behaviour change and taking safe healthy decisions.
- Care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS
Our Positive living program supports all people with HIV/AIDS through proper feeding/nutrition training, home visiting, peers encouraging each other to take Anti-retro viral therapy (ARVs) as prescribed, promoting personal hygiene/sanitation, drama club to educate and entertain the community, discouraging stigma; encourage people to go for voluntary counseling and testing (VCT), as well as disclosure of HIV status. Members of the program also sensitise the community about condom use and faithfulness to protect their lives against the killer disease.
3. Poverty Reduction / Alleviation
• Income generating projects and Food security
In Traditional Africa, women are primarily responsible for child-bearing and acting as care givers of all household members. We brought them on board by training and supporting them in income generating activities such as commercial piggery, poultry, large scale farming, events management, hand-made crafts, among others. This has helped women to provide food security and basic essentials of life such as clothing, medical care, education and permanent houses for their families.
4. Climate change Adaptation and mitigation
Adverse impacts of climate change hit the world’s poorest and less developed countries like Uganda more as compared to developed Nations, who are responsible for excessive emission of greenhouse gasses. In warmer parts of the country, temperatures favour the spread of Malaria. Diseases such as Typhoid and Dysentery accelerated by flooding; whereas Famine due to excessive droughts is evident. In addition, the rural population entirely depends on fire wood and charcoal for daily fuel, thus, increased deforestation.
As part of our adaptation and mitigation measures, we educate local communities about impacts of climate change on their social-economic aspects of life. Using a participatory approach, we establish solutions such as using alternative sources of fuel, water harvesting during heavy rains for future use in dry seasons; planting of more man-made forests to act as carbon-sinks, among others
We encourage full participation of Women and girls because they are more vulnerable to impacts of climate change as primary caregivers of their families. They walk for very long distances amidst bushes in search for water, fire wood and fresh food to feed their households; thus exposing them to physical and psychological problems.