At Network for Africa, we are proud of our achievements since 2007.
In Uganda we have:
- Trained 2,000 community members in trauma counselling skills; these lay counsellors have supported 13,000 people suffering from mental health problems.
- Trained 24 community counsellors. They have advanced training in trauma counseling and its related behaviour (e.g. alcohol abuse, domestic and sexual violence, depression and suicide). They offer individual counselling to trauma victims, and their respected status in the community makes them effective conduits of information about health, nutrition, family planning and women’s rights. Each year, the counsellors work with 5,000 people.
- Supported 28 community groups of 30 members each, with training in Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA).
- Trained 8 counsellors in the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Farmer Field School method (proven to be most appropriate for northern Uganda) where people learn as they work. These counsellors are now able to support their community groups with agricultural income generating activities.
- Trained all 24 community counsellors in HIV counselling to support HIV+ people, helping them adhere to the right medical protocol (e.g. antiretroviral drugs).
- Trained and supported a collective of 47 vulnerable women, some of whom are HIV+, child mothers, former child soldiers and widows. They are trained in setting up and running a successful small business; have formed a cooperative; have a piggery, and grow vegetables for consumption and to sell. The profits are reinvested in their business, and used to support their families and educate their children.
- Facilitated the educational sponsorship of 11 former abductees, child soldiers and child mothers who were kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army, thereby missing out on school.
In Rwanda we have:
- Provided 620 vulnerable women in Kigali with education in literacy, numeracy, legal rights, health and vocational training.
- Set up a child-care centre, providing a safe environment, healthy food and early learning for hundreds of toddlers while their mothers study and work.
- Replicated these Kigali programs (above) in rural Rutunga, providing 450 vulnerable women with education in literacy, numeracy, legal rights, health and training in agriculture. We provided land so that they could put their training to use with crop farming. We also set up a child-care centre for hundreds of their children.
- Provided 154 women with the resources to set up two fruit farms where they grow bananas and tamarillos which they sell. This enables them to boost their family income and send their children to school. They are also able to reinvest some of their profits in their agricultural cooperatives.
- Provided 782 vulnerable young people (85% of whom are orphans) a year with English and IT education. Some are now being sponsored through university, others are working, and a group of young women have set up a baking cooperative.
- Built and supported a hospital, maternity unit, and walk-in health centre in Ntarama, serving 17,000 people in a district where previously there was no health provision.
- Set up a program to provide mental health support to 250 young survivors of the genocide who are suffering from PTSD, anxiety and depression. This pilot is being expanded to reach another 300 genocide orphans.
- Facilitated the sponsorship of 14 genocide orphans through university.
In Sierra Leone we have:
- Trained 30 head teachers, 28 police officers, 21 local councillors, 28 religious leaders, 21 traditional leaders and 28 chiefs and “mammy queens” in how to identify mental health issues and refer people to available services.
- Produced radio broadcasts, communicating messages to raise awareness about mental health problems, their symptoms and how to help those suffering from them.
- Registered 429 people with mental health problems and/or epilepsy for counselling.