Where We Work
The Alliance for African Assistance currently operates two international offices in the United Kingdom, and Northern Uganda. Our programs in these regions aim to promote community development, literacy, self-sufficiency, health education, and disease prevention.
In the UK, Alliance for African Assistances’ mission is to help empower, and educate refugee and immigrants. Alliance (UK) is an independent body with close relationship to its sister organizations in Uganda, and San Diego (USA). The Organization also works with a series of partner organizations, with objectives similar to our own both locally and internationally.
Our work focuses on unlocking potential of disadvantage people, helping them find job that utilizes their talent and ensuring their socio-economic well-being is catered for in a sustainable way, guiding and empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency, inclusiveness and opportunity for all. The programs carried out by the organization can be broadly categorized under a ‘6-point program of action’ as follows:
- Employment Support: Helping people find job that utilizes their skills and talent.
- Education &Training: helping people to acquire or develops new or improve on existing skill & knowledge that enhance their career prospect and employability.
- Capacity building: designs to develop and empower the individual, community groups’ organizational capacity, provide consultation, aimed at promoting accountability & transparency.
- DAM (Dance & Arts Music) promotion: promoting and empowering local artist group, exposing young & hidden talent.
- Health Promotion: ensuring health living, designed to increase awareness, encourage use of preventive measure and improving access to services.
- Community Regeneration & Sustainable Development by promoting well-being, safety, facilitating integration and encouraging involvement & participation.
How we achieved/meet this: - Policy Lobbying & Campaign - Project - Conducting Training - Advocacy & guidance - Event organization & - Contracts.
For over 20 year, the region in Northern Uganda has been entangled in a brutal war. Over the course of this conflict, many atrocities were committed against the civilian population such as abductions, mutilations, torture, sexual violence, and killings. It is estimated that over 20,000 children were abducted into the ranks as child soldiers, and over 1.6 million have been forced to flee from their homes. This prolonged conflict has had a devastating effect on the Acholi population. There is a lot of work required to assisting the community as they begin to rebuild and heal from the traumas incurred during the war. It is Alliances’ commitment to foster programs to help in this process.
Adult Literacy Program
Alliance for African Assistance has discovered that illiteracy is one of the biggest contributions of poverty in Uganda. This program has been designed to help the rural poor be able read and write especially the adults; to equip them with appropriate skills for self-reliance.
These children some formerly abducted and others not, are traumatized; they are continuously exposed to conflicts, aggression threats, unpleasant sights, body torture, little access to social facilities, poor health condition. They are always confined in their homes, in school and where they seek safe custody like in church missions, hospitals, bus parks in the night in the cold. The traumatized children need treatment, and the best we can do is to provide play as a therapy, these can be applicable as a mental and physical treatment that may not necessitate a physician. The play program target young children between the ages of 5 to 16 years old.
This is to help the rural poor, abducted children continue with their education at secondary level, higher institution and primary level by providing tuition fees and the basic scholastic materials. In this program there is vocational training to help those who have dropped out of school because of different reasons to acquire skills training, to help them be self reliant. This program is mainly being carried out in the Northern Districts of Uganda.
Awareness and Reproductive Health: This particular program is meant for the youth, young adults and women of childbearing age. This program is passed to the communities through campaign by the youth to the adult HIV/AIDS and these include things like drama, film shows, essay competitions, radio talk shows and distribution of posters. HIV/AIDS has claimed the lives of many people especially in Uganda. Thousands of children are left orphans and others positive.