Gweri's Community News

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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.
Child Protection
  • 22 cases of child abuse were reported to the authorities, providing more support for girls and boys experiencing abuse.
  • 200 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 1990 girls and boys aged six to 18 years old took part in a children's group in their local community helping them feel involved and part of the community.
  • 106 boys and girls received a birth certificate, allowing them to assert their rights as citizens.
  • 30 children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 243 children's groups took part in a campaign to end violence against children, working to build a safer community for girls and boys.
  • 30 mothers and fathers regularly attended parent support groups, learning how to improve their relationships with their children and each other.
  • 25 parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
  • 31 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 10 community systems are now implementing child literacy activities in and out of school
  • 52 local volunteers have participated in literacy training, improving how they support children learning to read and write.
  • 319 community members learned about climate change and the environment, increasing their understanding of their impact on the environment.
  • 93 savings groups were established
  • 2 farmers held dialogues with local government officials
  • 2 Value Chain Networks have been established and are functional
  • 125 farming and agricultural groups formed, helping producers work together for better harvests.
  • 215 farmers were provided with improved production inputs
  • 252 households adopted farmer-managed natural regeneration practices
  • 350 households used energy saving stove technology
  • 481 households now have multiple sources of income
  • 550 farmers accessed extension services
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 16 schools are now integrating gender considerations into their water and sanitation facilities and practices

*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Gweri

current conditions

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

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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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.