With support from Icelandic Church Aid (ICA) and Children in Africa (CiA), the WATSAN theme focuses on Rakai and Lyantonde districts in south western Uganda, a region decimated by HIV/AIDS where it is common to find entire households completely wiped out resulting into increasing cases of orphan hood with many orphans living on their own. Without any relatives to look after them, orphans suffer from all forms of abuse, marginalization and exclusion. The families are highly impoverished and food insecure even where they are headed by elderly grandmothers and widowed PLHIV who are physically too weak to grow food or work as farm labourers.
It is clear that the project contributed to the improved socio-economic wellbeing of people living with HIV and AIDS and orphans. The results are already visible among the supported households with a need to consolidate the gains and emphasize aspects of continued and strengthened psychosocial support and of economic empowerment of household members to enhance sustainability of results.