The Women Income Generating Support Project (WINGS)
This project is based on lessons learned and best practices generated from RACOBAO’s long and successful experience in implementing VSLA projects. RACOBAO has mobilised over 4000 grass root people into 135 VSLA groups whose composition is 60% female. The VSLA model has showed to improve income and security of the women and their households, as it has managed to mobilize very poor women to accumulate savings and have access to user friendly credit facilities, which is usually not possible with other formal credit arrangements in the community. To date group members have accumulated over UGX 1 billion (342,000 EUR) in a period of 4 years. This three year project is implemented in Kamwenge district mainly targeting women in refugee hosting communities surrounding Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement. It is funded by the Women’s Bank of Finland through Finn Church Aid.
The Household Welfare Initiative
RACOBAO implements the household welfare initiative in Rakai and Lyantonde districts in south western Uganda. In this area it is common to find entire households completely wiped by HIV and AIDS out resulting into increasing cases of orphan hood with many orphans living on their own (Child Headed Households). Without any relatives to look after them, orphans suffer from all forms of abuse, marginalization and exclusion. For every targeted family, RACOBAO constructs a modest 3 roomed house, a 4000 liter water tank, a kitchen, a VIP latrine, and provides household utensils such as beddings aimed at improving the household hygiene situation of people living with HIV and AIDS and orphans. The results are already visible among the supported households. This project is supported by Icelandic Church Aid (ICA) and Children in Africa (CIA).
The Livestock Project
In order to boost income generation among targeted households RACOBAO provides local goats to beneficiary households. Each household receives four mature goats normally under gestation. These goats are easy to look after and multiply very fast enabling the benefiting households to sell the off springs to be able to meet their basic requirements. Recipients are also trained in improved agricultural practices specifically in goat management. This project is funded by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and ICA.
The Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) Project
This project targets vulnerable households mostly affected by HIV/AIDS. Under the Uganda National Strategic program plan of interventions for OVC, these OVCs are supported following the five Core Program Areas (CPA); Economic Strengthening, Food Security, Education, Health and basic care, and Child protection. Under Economic Strengthening RACOBAO mobilizes OVC to form VSLAs, provides OVC with apprenticeship skills and start-up kits. OVC are also provided with a seed fund to start Income Generating Projects.
Under education OVC are provided with scholastic materials and school fees to enable enrolment and retention in school. Under health, RACOBAO targets OVC households; HIV/AID and reproductive health awareness, supports HCT campaigns for OVCs and conduct referral for other services. Under child protection RACOBAO supports OVC for birth registration, child rights awareness, reunion with parents, legal protection, psychosocial support, and policy formulation for child protection. Under food security RACOBAO provides farm nutritious food supplements and improved vegetable seeds to establish kitchen gardens.