Beacon of Hope Uganda is improving the life of vulnerable and marginalized communities through a number of grassroots development programs that are focusing on capacity empowerment, economic empowerment and social development projects. The goal of our program is to improve the livelihoods of people with disabilities and the elderly through a number of sustainable projects and initiatives.
All the initiatives run by Beacon of Hope Uganda are aimed at creating opportunities for persons with disabilities and caring for the elderly. We strive to help these older women and men overcome poverty and lead healthy, secure and dignified lives. When Beacon of Hope Uganda opens its doors to the rural communities of Uganda, we talk to the community members about what they think are the issues that affect their lives and about the problems they face in daily life. We carry out needs – assessments which help us identify the challenges the community has. The next step is to make sure the community itself takes a vital role in tackling its challenges.
LIVELIHOODS IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
YOUTH RECREATIONAL VENTURES
The youth empowerment program was established to empower young people to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and sustainable development of their communities. Its objective is to support the youth between the ages of 15 to 35 years through skills training and internship modules to transit from a situation of unemployment to that of employment.
Beacon of Hope Uganda has been helping young people gain knowledge about themselves, their sexuality, and employment preparation; exploring attitudes and skills about growing up, gender roles, risk-taking, and ethnic diversity; and equipping young people with a range of skills to make them active members of their local communities and to succeed in life.
Where necessary, we deliver literacy and numeracy training on top of life skills programs. Also, Beacon of Hope Uganda delivers training for youth in essential skills for succeeding in wage and self-employment, including building young people’s capacity for business development, and equipping them with employability skills such as time & stress management, interpersonal relations, problem solving, goal-setting, decision-making, negotiation, communications, confidence building, teamwork, among others.
Leisure and recreational activities are important in the psychological and physical development of the youth by promoting good health, personal discipline, leadership and team building spirit
Beacon of Hope Uganda provides the youth with the opportunity to actively participate in sports and recreational activities. Through various initiatives, we empower the youth to turn their talents and hobbies into sources of income in order to curb unemployment and spur economic growth.
Uganda has huge untapped potential for outdoor and youth recreational activities, with hiking and climbing, walking, running, cycling, horse-riding and fishing have strong local followings and are easy for youth to take part in.
MUSIC DANCE & DRAMA
CULTURE & FUNFAIR PROJECT
GAMES & SPORTS TOURNAMENTS
PEACE BUILDING & HUMAN RIGHTS
Beacon of Hope Uganda has set up a number of initiatives aimed at promoting peace, justice, human rights and development through capacity building, and advocacy. Our initiatives facilitate conflict transformation processes towards the realization of a peace and we working to contribute to conflict prevention efforts in rural Uganda. Our projects creates an environment that enables conflict prevention, resolution and management through dialogues, elimination of long-standing points of conflict and sponsorship of peace poetry, peace and sporting activities, and peace art competitions.
It is estimated that five girls are trafficked from Uganda every week. Its believeable that 80 percent of all trafficked young girls face sexual exploitation and 30 percent are forced into labor. Beacon of Hope Uganda is working towards preventation of trafficking empowering the girls out of extreme poverty and advocate for strong anti-human trafficking policies. These girls are extremely vulnerable to falling victim to false promises of food and shelter, education, and work. Since only 1% of those trafficked are ever rescued, prevention is our priority. We work closely with our local authorities and immigration points to identify opportunities for rescue.
END CHILD LABOR
Child labor is one of the problems affecting the rights of children. Hundreds of children losing their childhood every day and working either in the hazardous or non-hazardous sector. The dreams of playing, singing, writing, reading for this mass has not been realized having their physical and psychological development affected by this social evil.
Beacon of Hope Uganda is carrying a campaign to end child labour in Mukono where the child laborers are flocking from rural villages within and surrounding districts like Kayunga and Buikwe. Some of the children earnings also become an additional income to the family without any ambition of education. Beacon of Hope Uganda intervention helps in getting rid of social evils of child labor and get them to school, rehabilitation centers and other child development programs.
PWDS SUPPORT PROJECTS
Since its formation in 2006, Beacon of Hope Uganda has dedicated its efforts to support and empower persons with disabilities (PWDs), who are often pushed into the most vulnerable position through a number of initiatives.
Through the activities to improve economic, psychological, and social self-reliance of PWDs, Beacon of Hope Uganda envisions a society, in which PWDs fully and equally participate in the socio-economic programs regardless of disability.
Beacon of Hope Uganda also establishes contacts with employers to develop opportunities for work experience and internship programs, negotiating employment opportunities with employers for PWDs and offering a wide range of employment and training advice, including career and benefits advice to empower the PWDs to make informed decisions about employment opportunities.
PWDs support projects are funded by our partner in development Go Volunteer Africa with an aim of improving the human rights situations of persons with disabilities in Uganda.
THE WHEELCHAIR PROJECT
Beacon of Hope Uganda donates wheelchairs to persons with disabilities in need of them at no cost. As of today, we have donated 35 wheelchairs to disabled children, youth and adults in rural, slums and hard to reach communities of Uganda. Beacon of Hope Uganda has positioned its to be among the leading organizations creating awareness of the needs and abilities of people with disabilities in Uganda. Beacon of Hope Uganda also donates eye glasses for children with weak eyesight. We also accept donations of wheelchairs that are not currently being used and we give them someone who can benefit from them.
JOBS CONNECTION CENTRE
Another key aspect of Beacon of Hope Uganda's PWDs Support projects is to help them land meaningful job opportunities. Beacon of Hope Uganda has set up a centre that is supporting PWDs to gain and improve their employability skills through running job search sessions, including CV and application preparation and interview techniques.
At Beacon of Hope Uganda, we committed enusre that persons with disabilities receieve opportunites and we support their unique talents and empower them to reach their full potential and excel in their careers. Beacon of Hope Uganda is working in partnership with a network of organisations around the country. These development partners play a significant role in helping people with disabilities get ready to look for a job, find a job and keep a job.
RIGHTS ADVOCACY FOR PWDS
Stigma and discrimination towards persons with disabilities are deeply rooted in some regions and cultures in Uganda. Sometimes disabilities are seen as a result of evil deeds in their past lives; and some believe that PWDs cannot do anything. In these areas, PWDs themselves, as well as their families and school administrators, believe that nothing can be done about the education of PWDs. Beacon of Hope Uganda is working tirelessly to promote, protect and defend the human rights of people with disabilities.
Beacon of Hope Uganda has taken an active role in advancing rights for PWDs through advocacy and capacity building projects. We have worked for justice, development and improved rights for the Uganda’s poorest people, including people with disabilities.
ELDERLY SUPPORT INITIATIVE
Beacon of Hope Uganda takes care of the neglected, abandoned and the lonely elderly persons in our society. From providing them with food, shelter and clothing, we also assist with medical assistance by taking them to hospital, repair dilapidated shelters, support those with orphans and vulnerable children and give compassion to the lonely.
Older people are typically among the poorest and most neglected. The pull of urban centers like Kampala means many older people are left alone in rural areas, often feeding and raising their grandchildren and trying to eke out a living farming their land. This leaves the vast majority without a sufficient and reliable income in their later years.
Beacon of Hope Uganda also builds capacities of 200 older woman and men through a number of elderly support projects on commercialized activities like handicrafts, growing vegetables and herbs for economic benefits, nutrition, social fulfillment, and dignity. Socio-economic status of Ugandan 1.5 million elderly people, which is 4% of the population of 38 million people, rarely reflects the fundamental contributions they make in the society. Many of the elderly remain the loneliest, poorest and most neglected people in most Ugandan communities.
In Uganda, neglect, abandonment and violence against older persons has taken age based dimension such as “killings of older men and women on suspicion of practicing witchcraft, domestic violence, rape particularly among older women, kidnapping for monetary gain, fraud to acquire property and money from older members of society engineered by children. Beacon of Hope Uganda supports of the elderly from their own homes through home-based care project. We provide food to older people who are at risk of going hungry so that they can afford to feed themselves and their families.
Through outreach clinics we aim to boost older people’s access to medical services and we strive to reduce diseases and illnesses common in older age through education and prevention campaigns. We advocate for HIV and AIDS policies and programs to be responsive to the needs of older people. We observe International Days and also lobby and advocate for the plight of this marginalized group. We are gonna get old too!
Beacon of Hope Uganda works in communities where most of the members are living below the poverty line. We organize women who are operating businesses in a given area into cooperative groups. Beacon of Hope Uganda’s women empowerment program is aimed at improving the social and economic future of rural women through a number of initiatives that promote gender equality. We are empowering the rural Ugandan women with the skills, tools and support needed to become vital members of their community.
Currently we are supporting 15 groups with a total of 125 women members. The groups are from various religious denominations and various tribes. Beacon of Hope Uganda trains the members of all their groups on the importance of savings, how to identify and operate businesses in order to maximize profit, and how to utilize loans properly and avoid default.
Beacon of Hope Uganda provides loans ranging between $50-$200 to each woman in the group. When they repay their loans, the funds are sent back to Beacon of Hope Uganda and are loaned out to another woman, who may or may not be in the same group as the woman making the repayment. Each of the women will have a different business selling various consumable goods such as greens, vegetables, tomatoes, etc.
The idea behind this project is that rural women and youth under BoHU programs will borrow a certain amount of money to start businesses or boost their families’ income. Once the business is started, members will be expected to pay back the amount they initially borrowed.
The money borrowed will then be reinvested in another member of Beacon of Hope Uganda wishing to start a new business. The members will have approximately four months to one year to repay the money, depending on the needs of their businesses, the amount taken and the agreement made with BoHU.