SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Our Social Service Program is geared towards supporting the local community cope with post traumatic stress disorder and other abuses being met in the community the affecting a large parts of the population in Northern Uganda . We provide psychological support and social protection in the areas of gender based violence, children protection and enhancing income and social security to older person through our different projects. These were meant to facilitate dialogue and reconciliation to support individual survivors through their healing processes and strengthening local communities’ structures, to rebuild broken community relations, empower self-help community initiatives, and foster harmony at both the households and the general community.

Project: Community Empowerment to Reduce Gender Based Violence in Acholi Sub Region is a project being implemented in Pader District

 Project Duration  
 Donor/Partner  Caritas Germany
 Approved Funds  


Project Objectives:
o To realize an empowered community where men and woman live free from violence.
o Empowered community with reduced occurrence of gender based violence.
o Increased community knowledge on GBV in Pajule and Acholibur sub counties.
o Improved response services for survivors of Gender Based Violence.
o Improved response services for survivors of Gender Based Violence.

Implemented activities:

o The project acquired two counseling rooms to providing safe and confidential space for survivors of violence where many survivors sought help from .

o Conducted a 3 days training in Pajule and Acholibur Sub Counties on Village Savings and Loans Association skills. In attended were 120 (M, 44, F- 76) to increase their knowledge and skills on VSLA methodology and practice towards improved household’s income and self reliance. The topic covered VSLA definition and general principles, core principles, characteristics of a good member, role of a good member/general assembly, VSLA concepts( savings, welfare, fine, loan and interest), best practices, leadership in VSLA, Internal regulation, VSLA records, content of the box, meeting procedure and auction audit .

    
 (L) Members of 02 VSLA groups during the training in Pajule.(R) the parish priest of Pajule catholic parish during the official opening of the workshop.
  
 Participants of VSLA training in Pajule during the morning recap session in the compound.


o Conducted weekly poster facilitation using SASA! a Communication materials by Community Activist (CAs) in the community. This was to provoke the communities to discuss and create awareness on Gender based violence prevention. It widened the awareness efforts in the community on GBV forms, consequences as well as benefit of living a safe, healthy and respectful life.

o In this reporting period 248 posters facilitation for awareness were conducted using SASA! A total of 6,881 (M-1,337, F-3,488) people were reached and 1,337 youth/children.

    
 Above photo is one community activist conducting awareness session in ladyangataa village Palenga parish with VSLA group on their saving day.

o The project supported 16 days of activism against GBV at district function at Puranga Sub County. The event was supported by among other Pader NGO forum, Communication for development foundation (CDFU), Wurudet, UN Women, UNHCRC, Lamp lighter, Care, Uganda law society. The theme of the celebration was: “From peace in the nation to peace in homes: Male engagement for the safety of women and girls”. During the campaign matching; dances, poem and drama and speeches were among other activities.

    
 L) NGO partners who attended the 16 days launch being introduced, (R) members of the community marching during the event in Puranga sub county.

Find More Implemented Activities below, by clicking the page 2, 3 and the Last page.