Women and Families in Africa Round One Funded Projects Benin Name of Project n/a Name of Organization Ong Espoir de la Famille Location Porto-Novo, Benin Grant Amount $9,928 Thematic Area Strategic Income Generation activities for empowerment, access specifically for and lead by women living with HIV/AIDS Description Activities Develop income generation activities that would enable use to take care of lives, access generic who are not supported by the National Aids Program, and also a program on Sexual Reproductive Health including sexual rights. Botswana Name of Project n/a Name of Organization Bomme Isago Association Location Gaborone, Botswana Grant Amount $9,503 Thematic Area Strategic Income Generation activities for empowerment, access specifically for and lead by women living with HIV/AIDS Description The Network for Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana (Bomme Isago Association) was established in June 2005. This was after realizing the need of creating a forum through which women and children affected with HIV/AIDS would address their challenges, such as: financial, psychosocial, legal, health, etc. Activities Empower HIV positive women to undertake and manage livestock and backyard gardening, which will improve their nutrition, food security and act as a source of income. This will enable them to move from a state of vulnerability to sustainability, socially and economically. Cameroon Name of Project Treatment for Young Rural Positive Women in Ebolowa. Cameroon Name of Organization TBTV- Studio 2 Location Ebolowa, Cameroon Grant Amount $10,000 Thematic Area Treatment Literacy and Preparedness Description Activities Provide a treatment education on TB/HIV con-infection to 500 young women co-infected; production of IEC materials on TB/HIV treatment literacy and build the capacity of health care providers on TB/HIV issue in the only health care center in the area. Congo-Brazzaville Name of Project Treatment Preparedness Project Name of Organization Association Mar Gentilini Pour Temperer la Douleur du Monde (AMGTDM) Location Brazzaville, Congo-Brazzaville Grant Amount $10,00 Thematic Area Treatment Literacy and Preparedness Description Activities Ensure treatment education and nutrition to 3000 women living with HIV/AIDS. Contribute to the education of HIV/AIDS impact on women with HIV/AIDS treatment education. Ghana Name of Project n/a Name of Organization Foundation of Women and Children Location Accra, Ghana Grant Amount $7,000 Thematic Area Strategic Income Generation activities for empowerment, access specifically for and lead by women living with HIV/AIDS Description FOWAC is an association of women and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The Foundation has a membership of 40 women and 35 children infected and affected by HIV. FOWAC was formed in September, 2004 and was registered in 2005. Activities Training and income generating activities. Kenya (2) Name of Project Economic Empowerment for Women and Family in Migori Name of Organization Coalition of People fighting HIV/AIDS in Migori (COPFAM) Location Migori, Kenya Grant Amount $10,000 Thematic Area Strategic income generation activities for empowerment, access specifically for and lead by women living with HIV/AIDS Description COPFAM was started in 2004 by HIV positive women and men as a post test club. The main aim of COPFAM was to provide continual counseling sessions to individuals and families through psychosocial support therapy, an aspect of care that is still missing in their public care institutions. COPFAM activities are based in the rural and urban area of Migori District in Nyanza Province; 550 km south of Nairobi. Activities Plans are to train women in subsistence and market gardening farming techniques along continuation of psychosocial support therapy. Proposed plans also include starting a group poultry and dairy project that will serve as a training site for members and a source of income, sustainability and continual support for members. Name of Project n/a Name of Organization Young Women Fighting HIV/AIDS in Kenya Location Eldoret, Kenya Grant Amount $8,700 Thematic Area Sexual reproductive health and rights issues for women living with HIV/AIDS Description Young Women Fighting HIV/AIDS in Kenya was formed in January 2006 as a support group that is aimed at helping young women be linked by comprehensive health care facilities. The organization addressed the needs of young women by finding them mechanisms to deal with human rights problems, sexual and reproductive rights and stigma and discrimination. Activities Summary of Key Activities to take place in the Rift Valley province of Kenya: Four trainings for members on sexual and reproductive health rights Advocacy for rights of positive young women in reference to treatment literacy Home based counseling and visitation for group members Malawi Name of Project HIV Positive Women and Culture Name of Organization Center for Alternatives for Victimized Women and Children (COVWOC) Location Blantyre, Malawi Grant Amount $9,960 Thematic Area Sexual Reproductive health and rights for women living with HIV/AIDS Description COVWOC was established in 1997 whose aim is at protecting, empowering and safeguarding human rights of women and girls living with HIV who are deemed vulnerable. Activities The project plans to conduct SRHR education through trainings and community outreach programs. After training, individuals will be mobilized into village based clubs who will be meeting and sharing relevant experiences through peer education. IEC materials will be produced, such as T-shirts, to further spread the project messages. The proposed activities complement the mission and vision of the COVWOC of creating a peaceful and discrimination free society for women living with HIV. Nigeria (4) Name of Project Empowering Women to access HIV/AIDS services through Reproductive Heath/Sexuality Program Name of Organization Communal Care Center / fiscal sponsor = Center for Right to Life Location Oguta, Nigeria Grant Amount $10,000 Thematic Area Treatment Literacy/Preparedness and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights issues for women living with HIV/AIDS. Description Communal Care Centre was conceived by a woman Living with HIV and widowed by AIDS out of the personal experience of stigma and discrimination and addresses the issues of sexual reproductive health in Imo State. Presently the organization has about 30 members comprising of employees, volunteers and support group. Activities The project plan is to have the following activities aimed at addressing the identified problems: A 1-day sensitization seminar for 30 principals and teachers in the community A 1-day Sensitization seminar on Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education for 50 adult women, especially women Living with HIV/AIDS A 3-day Treatment Literacy Training workshop for 20 women Living with HIV/AIDS A 3-day Training workshop on Sexuality/Reproductive Health and Family Life Education for 40 in-school Adolescent girls Production of IEC materials. Name of Project Economic Empowerment for Women Living with HIV/AIDS Name of Organization Community Life Project Location Lagos, Nigeria Grant Amount $10,000 Thematic Area Strategic Income Generation Project Description CLP has been in existence for 14 years, with a vast network of community organizations and local institutions in 2 local government areas in Lagos state, which include 20 trade and vocational associations (such as vulcanizers, mechanics, electricians, carpenters, battery chargers etc.) including market associations; 30 secondary schools, 18 Faith Based Organizations (Christians and Moslems); 9 Primary Health Care Centers and 1 General Hospital. Activities CLP plans to provide capacity building for 20 HIV positive women on how to set up and operate small-scale businesses as a response to support group members’ requests. After the training we plan to assist the women with some small capital to set up the business. In addition we shall set up a revolving loan scheme for members of the support group. These activities will go a long way not only in meeting the immediate needs of the PLWHAs but will also contribute to poverty reduction in the community and the country as a whole. Name of Project Empowering Women and Widows Living with HIV/AIDS in Lagos Island LGA, Nigeria Name of Organization Women and Children of Hope Foundation (WCH) Location Lagos Island LGA, Nigeria Grant Amount $10,000 Thematic Area Treatment Literacy and Preparedness Description Women and Children of Hope (WCH) was founded in 2000 whose mission is to promote positive living among women and children with or affected by HIV/AIDS using effective weapons of counseling, education and life skills vocation training thereby repositioning them to contribute meaningfully to the society. WCH works in both urban and rural areas especially the high HIV endemic areas of the country. Activities Economic skills acquisition training and income generating activities including tie & die, bead product making, tailoring, etc. These activities will complement the organization’s continuing objectives of increasing advocacy and an enlightenment campaign for the reduction of breast milk substitutes; grassroots HIV/AIDS awareness among women’s groups and associations, establishment of more women’s’ self-help groups and to increase advocacy for availability/affordability of ARV drugs including pediatric ARV drugs for women and children living with HIV. Name of Project Promoting the Reproductive Rights and Health Issues of Islamic Women in Purdah Name of Organization Women Ummah Support Group Location Abija, Nigeria Grant Amount $10,000 Thematic Area Sexual Reproductive health and rights issues for women living with HIV/AIDS Description The Women Ummah Support Group (an Islamic Faith Based organization) was established in 2002 and has 150 members. The support group is a unit of Muslim Women living with HIV/AIDS in FCT and environs. The Group is an integral part of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Nigeria Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). NSCIA is an umbrella organization for Muslim communities in Nigeria. Activities Women in Ummah Support Group intends to embark upon a series of mobilizing events, trainings, on HIV/AIDS, empowering and advocacies to Imams, mosques and women Islamiyyas to increase awareness of PLWA to reproductive health rights and well being of women as the purdah practice of confining women excludes them from mainstream information. Reproductive and health rights of women are not being address by most of the PLWHA support groups which are often led by men. The Women Ummah Support Group can overcome the challenge and go behind purdah to reach these women by increasing knowledge of people living with HIV/AIDS on their reproductive health rights; encouraging Muslim women to access health facilities within the targeted communities; train health care workers and traditional birth attendants to offer quality services; disseminate cultural accepted IEC materials to the targeted communities and to enlighten Muslim women leaders on HIV/AIDS and the reproductive health right issues of PLWHAs. Rwanda Name of Project Project of training orphans and people living with HIV/AIDS to arts managers Name of Organization IHIRWE Location Kigali, Rwanda Grant Amount $8,000 Thematic Area Strategic Income Generation activities for empowerment, access specifically for and lead by women living with HIV/AIDS Description Activities Train youth in arts management and provide them with quality skills in cooking and tailoring that would enable them to face their disease. South Africa Name of Project n/a Name of Organization Springs of Hope Location Pietermaritzburg, South Africa Grant Amount $8,100 Thematic Area Treatment Literacy and Preparedness, Sexual Reproductive health and rights, and strategic income generating activities Description Springs of Hope was founded in 2003 in response to the stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS and presently have 100 members who are all living with HIV. Activities Proposed activities include continuous support group meetings, HIV/AIDS education including sexual/reproductive health, treatment literacy/preparedness and income generating activities through beadwork, sewing projects and peace gardens. Swaziland Name of Project n/a Name of Organization Women Together Support Organization Location Lobamba, Swaziland Grant Amount $10,00 Thematic Area Treatment Literacy and Preparedness Description Women together is an organization that began as a response to the increasing need for support to HIV positive women. The discrimination positive women face in communities is exacerbated by the fact that women are regulated to inferior status in Swazi society than that of men in all spheres of life: socially, economically, politically and legally. Women Together operates in 4 regions: Hhohho, Manzini, Lobombo and Shiselweni. Activities Three day training workshop and treatment literacy campaigns. Tanzania (2) Name of Project Income Generation for Nutrition Support to Women Living with HIV/AIDS Name of Organization Women Fighting Aids in Tanzania (WOFATA) Location Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Grant Amount $10,000 Thematic Area Strategic Income Generation activities for empowerment, access specifically for and lead by women living with HIV/AIDS Description WOFATA is a non-governmental organization of women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Tanzania who have decided to be transparent in the fight against AIDS in the frontline to save Tanzanians and others from the fast spreading of HIV/AIDS infection. The organization is dedicated to support infected and affected women, orphans and children living with HIV/AIDS and widows. Activities Strategy is to help women living with HIV/AIDS generate income that can support their nutrition. WOFATA will open a tailoring, dye and tie and decorating/ornament work, which will help women members living with HIV/AIDS, increase their income. Name of Project Improved Livelihoods for Women living with HIV/AIDS through tailoring workshops Name of Organization Mtwara Women Living Positively with HIV/AIDS (MWOLITH+) Location Mtwara, Tanzania Grant Amount $3,955 Thematic Area Strategic income generation activities for empowerment, access specifically for and lead by women living with HIV/AIDS Description The organisation was formed in2004, by a group of 3 women living with HIV/AIDS. The organisation was set up after realising the vulnerability of women to HIV and the social economic impacts of the disease to them and serves the rural community of Mtwara. Activities The project plans to offer training in tailoring skills to its members and orphans who have no chance of further education to gain skills for self-reliance. The project will also provide some income for its members and organisation to be able to meet other objectives. This fits well with our vision living positively with HIV and mission of restoring hope and improving the quality of life of women infected and children affected by HIV/AIDS by providing compassionate care and material plus moral support. Uganda (3) Name of Project HIV Treatment Literacy and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Advocacy and Education Program Name of Organization God’s Will Disabled Women’s Group Location Nebbi District, Uganda Grant Amount $9,000 Thematic Area Treatment Literacy/Preparedness and Sexual Reproductive health rights issues for women living with HIV/AIDS Description GOD’s WILL Women Group is a community based organization. It was formed as a response to the problems and challenges faced by women and disabled women when confronted with HIV positive diagnosis or chronic illness. The CBO has operated for three and a half years. It has a membership of 200 volunteers. Activities Conduct training workshops on treatment literacy preparedness and education Conduct aggressive community mobilization, sensitization and training workshop on SRHR for women living with HIV and affected women Conduct HIV treatment education and HIV treatment counseling workshops Development and distribution of simplified IEC materials, information pocket size booklets, brochures, advocacy messages, stories/testimonies of PHA’s who have broken the silence and are performing well on treatment Translate and tailor materials in local languages Develop peer education program. Peer educators and peer support mechanism will be developed through execution of good trainings and ongoing supervision Train Community ART aids to support women and children and families on therapy Community Outreach (if funds permit) The activities have a direct linkage and a pre-requisite for ensuring empowerment of women and access of SRHR information. Name of Project Acquiring HIV/AIDS treatment literacy and preparedness for Sustainable information dissemination to CSWs in Uganda Name of Organization Lady Mermaid’s Bureau Location Kampala, Uganda Grant Amount $6,745 Thematic Area Treatment Literacy and Preparedness Description Lady Mermaid Bureau serves to arouse HIV/AIDS awareness among CSWs, pimping, street walking peace and psychological support to girl-child sex workers and detained prostitute-young mothers with an aim to eliminate Child prostitution. Activities To develop a long-term HIV/AIDS plan for commercial sexworkers. The project will hire a health professional to teach 10 ten people at its offices. The training will last the approximately three months and would equip the beneficiaries with intense education on HIV/AIDS treatment literacy and preparedness. Name of Project n/a Name of Organization GIRAMTSIKO Location Kabwohe, Uganda Grant Amount $9,862 Thematic Area Treatment Literacy/Preparedness and Sexual Reproductive health and rights issues for women living with HIV/AIDS Description A Community based organization formed from an organized group where HIV/AID positive women could counsel and support each other. Through regular meetings, a dance and drama group was created as a way of sensitizing the communities about HIV/AIDS and human rights, income generating activities and mobilizing other women to join. Activities Activities focus on empowering communities with advocacy skills, knowledge about their rights and ensuring that they are well equipped with treatment literacy information. Seminars on sensitization, treatment literacy and importance to adhere to treatment will be held. Simultaneously, discussions around sexuality of PLHAs, sexual rights, and knowledge to advocate for universal treatment and access to sexual and reproductive health issues of women living with HIV/AIDS. Zambia Name of Project Improve the quality of lives of women living with HIV/AIDS Name of Organization Lusapila Women’s Support Group ( an affiliate of NZP+) Location Lusaka, Zambia Grant Amount $8,593 Thematic Area Sexual Reproductive health and rights issues for women living with HIV/AIDS and Strategic income generation activities for empowerment, access specifically for and lead by women living with HIC/AIDS Description Lusapila Women’s’ Support Group was formed in 2002 with 10 HIV+ women, whose main purpose was to offer psychosocial, emotional and material support to its members. The support group started under the umbrella body of NZP+. In 2004, the support group moved to the community where it is presently based and where it felt activities would benefit group members as well as their family members and the community at large. The group’s activities are based in Mandevu compound which is under peri-urban setting. Activities With support from the Zambia National Aids Network, Lusapila Women’s Support Group currently runs a grocery shop within the community. To supplement, proposed activities include a workshop on sexual reproductive health for members and materials for chicken rearing as a sustainable income generating activity. Zimbabwe Name of Project Income Generating Initiatives for HIV Positive Women Name of Organization Loving Hand Location Bulawaya, Zimbabwe Grant Amount $9,300 Thematic Area Strategic Income generation activities for empowerment, access specifically for and led by women living with HIV/AIDS Description In 2001, a group of 7 widows and other ladies living with HIV/AIDS came together to share ideas on ways of sustaining their families in the face of HIV/AIDS scourge. Determined to face their challenges positively, they decided to form an on-going support network through regular meetings as well as establishment of small income generating projects. The group has now grown to a size of 16 members, all volunteers. Activities The organization has identified a piece of land for small scale agricultural activities and has received funding for fencing equipment for the nutrition garden. Collaborative Fund support will provide training in nutritional gardening, garden preparation, agricultural inputs (seeds, fertilizers, etc.) and trainings in home based care and orphan care.