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Update on Uganda’s OVC program

Habitat for Humanity Uganda trained 147 youth in the first half of FY10 covering topics such as growth/youth development, youth challenges and problems faced by adolescents. Training was also offered on Inheritance Rights protection for Orphans and Widows and Habitat for Humanity Uganda continued its work with local district (government) administrations in the different project sites to ensure that land on which it builds houses are free from any land related wrangles.

HFHU’s OVC Program interventions target families caring for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. The program also supports child headed households and families with children made vulnerable as a result of war and natural causes.

HFHU’s interventions include provision of a house complete with a Ventilated Improved Pit-latrine (VIP) and a shower stall. Caregivers and OVC are also trained on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support, succession (inheritance rights) planning, malaria prevention and use of Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (ITMNs). Plans are currently underway to provide a water tank for rainwater harvesting as part of the housing package. Families contribute locally available construction materials for their house construction while HFHU (with funding from partners) provides industrial construction materials and skilled labour as a grant. The program is currently being implemented in Jinja, Mayuge, Kumi, Bududa and Manafwa in Eastern Uganda.

In the first half of FY10 55 houses were built and 306 OVC sheltered. Ninety-seven caregivers were trained, serving a total of 561 OVC.