The needs in Gweri

The HIV prevalence rate in Gweri is an estimated 4%. Widespread stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS means that many people do not get the care they so desperately need, and this can lead to trauma, stress, and depression.

AIDS-related deaths combined with deaths from armed conflict have contributed to a rise in the number of younger, female-headed households. These girls and women are prone to abuse, and they face many challenges, including heavy financial burdens, widow inheritance (when a widow is married to a relative of her late husband), and the unethical takeover of property once the male homeowner has died.

Grandparents, who are so often tasked with caring for their adult children who are ill and their orphaned grandchildren, rarely have the necessary financial resources to do so properly. Children without role models or adequate parental guidance often are misinformed and lack appropriate information about HIV, which leaves them vulnerable to exploitation, thus perpetuating the cycle.
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Gweri's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The rural community of Gweri (pronounced gweh-ree) is located east of Kampala, the capital city. Gweri is mainly flat with scarce vegetation and a few valleys that form seasonal swamps. The rainy season peaks in April to May and August to October, and a long, dry season lasts from late November through early March. Families live in homes with walls made of mud or clay and a thatched roof.

In addition to the troubled northern region, this eastern region of Uganda has been deeply scarred by the conflict between government forces and Lord's Resistance Army rebels. The main ethnic group in Gweri is the Iteso. Many of Gweri's 31,900 people are trapped in a cycle of poverty. Erratic weather, drought, and periodic flooding keep crop yields low, and because most households rely on the land to make a living, it is difficult to make ends meet.
  • 266 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 308 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 6 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 1,924 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 15 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 42 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 1,903 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 6 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 82 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 7 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 299 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies     
  • 9,969 children received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health
  • 515 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant
  • 242 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  •  30 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 596 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 238 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 378 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 32 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 203 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 598 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens 
  • 598 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
  • 35 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 7 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
  • 30 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy

Explore Gweri

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Gweri,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.