The organization is currently implementing Women and children empowerment project targeting 4,500 women, 23,000 children and 300 Youth affected by social injustices supported by KNH Germany.
Accelerating the end of HIV Epidemic in Teso region reaching supported by TASO Uganda
Improving the livelihood of the OVC n Ngora district supported by Mercy Aid Australia
Community COVID19 awareness raising project targeting 3,900 beneficiaries in Ngora district supported by Latek Stay Alliance Uganda
Civil Rights Defenders Sweden who have supported installation security system in the office
Food security and Climate change Community Adaptation project in Nabilatuk district in Karamoja region funded by TEAR FUND
VISION TERUDO Strategic Programs & Core Program Objectives
Sustainable Agricultural Livelihoods Programme
Community Health Care Programme
Organizational and Community Capacity Enhancement Programme
Governance, Lobby and Advocacy, Social Justice and Social Accountability
Agricultural Sustainable Livelihood Program
Strategic Objective 1: To sustainably increase food security and nutrition especially for women, children and HIV affected persons, through improved access to agricultural services among target communities in Teso sub region by 2022.
Strategic Objective 2: To support establishment of innovation platforms for promotion of knowledge sharing and interventions to sustainably manage ecosystems and secure improved livelihoods in the targeted communities of Teso region by 2021.
Strategic Objective 3: To strengthen capacity of key stake actors at community, sub county and district level to promote, protects and advance girls and women’s realization of land rights in Teso sub region by 2022.
Strategic Objective 4: To Increase a volume of staple crops traded through village aggregation centers by 10% in Teso Sub region by 2022.
Food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers and their households
We strengthen the capacities of individual households to produce sufficient food, while also earning an income from farming. Linked to this, we also build the capacity of producer organizations and other associations so they can support poor households to improve and diversify their production, and have better access to markets, financial services and other inputs. We also contribute to awareness raising and advocacy at promoting healthy and sustainable food and nutrition practices for all household members.
Economic empowerment smallholder Farmers and small and medium Enterprises
We support poor farmers and producer organizations to seize economic opportunities to improve and sustain farmers’ livelihood. The Market Systems Development approach is used to facilitate access to productive and marketing resources and achieve more value from agricultural production. Capacity development helps to enhance farmers’ technical and business skills, hence improving productivity as well as the quality of agricultural products and enabling farmers to become better positioned within value chains.
Disaster management for resilient and disaster-prepared Communities
We create resilient communities that are adequately prepared for, and can effectively respond to disasters. We pay particular attention to integrating disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies in our food security, economic empowerment and humanitarian programs, at both community and business levels. Ongoing investments in skills and capacities are essential for empowering communities in the long term
Strategic Objective 1: To equip Parents, Teachers and school management committees to champion children’s education, ensuring children are prepared for school and their learning is nurtured in their early years at school resulting in a positive learning culture for children at home.
Strategic Objective 2: Increased awareness on children rights, responsibilities and participation among 6,000 children aged between 5-15 years and the responsibility to promote, protect and enjoyment of their rights from key Duty Bearers in the Teso sub region by 2022.
Strategic Objective 3: To Increase economic opportunities of 15,000 youth and positive social engagement with communities in the Teso region by 2022.
Functional Literacy, Numeracy, & Health Classes
For millions of children and their families around the world, missing out on an education is one of the most devastating effects of poverty. It quickly becomes a cycle – those whose families are poor miss out, and in turn, they have fewer opportunities to earn an income later in life. Breaking the cycle is incredibly effective in changing the course of a person’s life. Indeed, achieving a basic education is a key step toward fullness of life – unlocking a world of other opportunities.
Vision TERUDO’s approach is to support community-based initiatives, whereby local people are engaged in running and participating in their own Formal and informal education programs. These come in many shapes and sizes, including pre-school classes in slums, training for teachers in remote villages, Equipping schools with desks and scholastic materials, conducting research and tailoring training on vocational skills for young women in informal settings and school classroom for those typically excluded from formal education opportunities, like women, girls and pre-school children. Rather than being run by specialized ‘children’s charities’ or focused exclusively on women’s rights, we incorporate functional education as part of a holistic program, incorporating income generation, savings and loans, and food and nutrition into our education programs.
Training sets people up not only for a job, but for the life skills they need to work to overcome poverty
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 1: To reduce vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and mitigation of its impact on PLHV and other vulnerable groups in Teso by 2022
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 2: To reduce GBV related human rights abuses in 8 target communities in the Teso region from 70% to 30% by 2022
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 3: To improve access to the full range of affordable, equitable and high-quality family planning and reproductive health services to increase contraceptive use rate and reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions, in selected community of Teso region, to 30% by 2022.
Preventing death and disease through low-cost community intervention
Across poor villages and in urban settlements, preventable illnesses and disability are a major cause of suffering, a drain on family finances, and a barrier to building a more secure life. When these are avoided, families can focus on other pursuits such as education and income generation. In this way, Vision TERUDO’s programs focus on health as the stepping stone to community wellbeing.
Vision TERUDO’s approach to improving health is to support programs that enable community members to grow in their awareness of what causes ill health, to implement affordable ways to prevent illness, and to connect people in with other services that are available such as hospitals for HIV/AIDS management. The focus of these programs is locally-determined, but commonly focuses on the health of pregnant mothers and infants, connecting children with immunisation programs, awareness around preventing transmittable diseases, and environmental sanitation such as clean dishes and rubbish removal. The effects on families can be felt almost immediately, as mothers enjoy fewer instances of diarrhea in their households, and can approach childbirth with greater confidence in a healthy outcome for themselves and their babies.
Health awareness extends into social and economic issues, as these also lead to illness and prevent well-being. For people with disability and with mental illnesses, social acceptance and support is accorded to enable them to achieve to their full potential. Women experiencing violence effects of trauma are both counseled and livelihoods opportunities to regain health. The community-based nature of Vision TERUDO’s work enables this to happen within the context of existing social networks, building up the community itself to provide better support for vulnerable people.
Clean water and sanitation – toilets, wells, pumps and pipes for communities
Access to clean water and sanitation is possibly the most urgent health crisis facing communities in our region today. One in every nine people on this planet lack daily access to safe water and one in every three have no toilet.
It’s a problem that particularly affects women and girls, as women perform the majority of the world’s water-collecting, and girls are often prevented from attending school due to inadequate toilet facilities. Not to mention they are also the primary careers for family members who are suffering the ill effects of water-borne diseases. When the burden of water collection and poor sanitation is taken away from women the benefits are extraordinary; clean water and adequate sanitation means freedom for women.
Water and sanitation systems though, can be constructed with the simplest and cheapest of materials, and family members can be taught how to do it themselves. This is the community-based approach used by Vision TERUDO. A jerry can with a string and a stick can be transformed into a hand washing tap, cast-concrete rings become a hand-dug toilet, and hand set bricks are built up into home water tanks. When communities need bigger inputs, like wells and pumps, they are taught to collectively manage the resource for the benefit of all village members.
Water is also a justice issue, with some authorities promising connections but not delivering the services. That’s when access becomes an advocacy priority, and Vision TERUDO mobilise communities to campaign for their rights to the water and sanitation connections to be made available through the government system.
Helping people work together to overcome poverty
Strong communities, where all members are able to participate and enjoy the benefits of inclusion, are in the best position to overcome the injustice of poverty. Community building is at the heart of all projects supported by Vision TERUDO with all other activities reliant on the strength of networks and relationships built across the community. Enabling all people to get involved in working for the benefit of their village, neighbourhood, or even refugee camp, is the most sustainable and enriching investment enabling them to overcome poverty.
The projects Vision TERUDO supports draw people together in cooperative efforts for common benefit, enabling communities to take responsibility for their own development in a sustainable way. Priority is given to projects in which communities identify existing strengths and problems, aspirations and resources; define their own goals and strategies; plan, implement and manage project activities; and contribute to the costs involved (including contributions in kind).
Vision TERUDO is committed to the inclusion and representation of those who are vulnerable and those who are affected by the intersecting drivers of marginalisation and exclusion, including but not restricted to race, religion, ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, age, displacement, caste, gender, gender identity, sexuality, sexual orientation, poverty, class, socio-economic status and political persuasion.
Community building means strong systems for cooperation. Self-help groups, whereby members gather regularly to learn, save money, and begin group activities, are often the foundation for connecting people; for some women this is the only time they leave their homes and find the support friends and neighbours. Training local people, including women, to take leadership positions on local councils builds the capacity of locals to responsibly manage their own development and monitor progress. Engaging communities with government systems enable them to campaign for their rights and access their citizens’ entitlements.
We believe that community-oriented work is at the heart of sustainability for the work of Vision TERUDO because when communities are strengthened to make the most of their own resources, manage their own development path, include those who are most vulnerable, they can resist injustice and thrive for the future.
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