Somero Uganda focuses on implementing projects that contribute to realisation of it's goals and objectives. Projects are usually run on a short term basis, in many cases in cooperation with other locally operating NGO's and community organisations. The implemented and ongoing projects include:
LEAD! Leadership, Education and Development! Is a global project aiming at empowering young people to work as team leaders in *Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Germany and 9 countries of the global South. The project promotes commitment and partnership for sustainable development. It focuses on creating “global leaders” who will be capable of guiding North-South groups, trained to identify concrete goals for sustainable development. These leaders will be able to develop tools for the implementation of the identified goals and will have the knowledge, raises funds and financial aid for the developed ideas in order to acquire and implement their own projects successfully. The network involves:
Somero, Kampala Uganda ,Peer-Leader-International, Ostrhauderfehn,Peer-Leader-International, Braunschweig,Peer-Leader-International, Visconde de Mauá, Brasil,Peer-Leader-International / Golden-Youth-Club, Winterveldt Southafrica,Perpetuum Mobile “Budi Musko”, Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina,LEAD, Ramat Gan, Israel,Carpathian flower, Verchowyna, Ukraine,Aware & Fair, Blantyre, Malawi, ,Aetos ClubTunis, Tunisia, Unitopia, Cairo, Egypt
Stopping Child Exploitation through Education and Livelihood
With Funds from Terre de Homies Somero Uganda in partner with Platform for Labor Action and Ecological Christianity Organization are implementing a three years project “Stopping Child Exploitation through Education and Livelihood” that aims at contributing to progressive elimination of the worst forms of child labor and realization of children rights in Uganda .
The project targets 1200 children (boys and girls) exploited and at risk of exploitation.650 exploited boys and girls (150 domestic workers in Kampala,450 gold mining In Bugiri (200) and Moroto (250) and 50 in Busia) and 550(boys and girls)at risk of exploitation; 150 Kampala, 150 Bugiri, 200 in Moroto and 50 in Busia) are the primary beneficiaries’ .Overall the project:
Facilitates the protection and safeguarding of 1200 children engaged in worst forms of labor in Kampala, Bugiri, Moroto and Busia by 2018.
Improves Law enforcement agencies and duty bearers/government officials’ Knowledge and understanding of their roles and duties in stopping child exploitation in four districts of Kampala, Bugiri, Moroto -Karamoja and Busia.
Contributes to reduced vulnerabilities in the family/community of Children engaging in WFCL in Kampala, Bugiri, Moroto and Busia by 2018
Having experience working with exploited children in and out of school children involved in child labor using SCREAM , Somero also builds capacity of organizations, Institutions and child handlers in SCREAM( Supporting children’s rights through Education ,art and Media )Methodologies, we were obliged to provide a transitional place for the victims of child labor as the first step of withdrawn children and rehabilitation. we shall also under take all the training’s on SCREAM methodologies and build capacity of Platform for Labor Action and Ecological Christianity Organization
in using and monitoring the changes brought about as a result of using SCREAM approaches. We shall provide a while you wait center for the children mapped and withdrawn from domestic work for rehabilitation and counseling purposes.
HIV/AIDS Care for children and adolescents in Kampala
The project is funded by Infectious Disease Institute, and is implemented in all Kampala divisions, but Somero works in Nakawa and Kawempe divisions. Activities include;
1. Conducting home visits to support retention of PLHIV in care through community follow up
2. Conducting home visits to strengthen adherence to HIV treatment and to clinic schedules among special categories of PLHIV in care including; Adolescents, clients on second line ARVs, PLHIV with high Viral loads, and clients with very low CD4
3. Conduct home visits to support identification of OVC households through vulnerability assessments
4. Conduct home visits to trace children and partners of index PLHIV in the communities of Kawempe and Nakawa divisions for HIV Testing and counselling, counselling and linking the identified HIV positive partners and children into care, as well as follow up counselling services to these clients at home.
5. Facilitate effective referrals for clients within Kawempe and Nakawa divisions to appropriate support structures within the facilities, divisions and community.
6. To support risk reduction interventions among adolescents and youth through conducting post-test club meetings for youth and adolescents in Kawempe and Nakawa divisions.
7. To create demand for HIV testing services among OVCs and other children at risk of HIV through Mobilizing OVCs and other children at risk of HIV for community-based HTC through peer educators and carrying out HTC in the communities of Nakawa and Kawempe divisions
ICT Training Center for Girls and Young Women in Uganda—Funded by BINGO FOUNDATION GERMANY:
The project targets young girls and women those at risk and involved in commercial sex, the project provides the target with (Information and Communications T
echnology) employable skills including graphic designing skills, photo and video editing skills, secretarial skills as well as computer maintenance and repair which are both theoretical and practical business skills and also provides them with entrepreneurial skills. The project also provides psycho-social support to the target population given their vulnerability; Counseling, life skills development, home visits and health programs are conducted. A Child care unit take cares of children for the young mothers benefiting from the project during their training time.
Alcohol & drug abuse prevention
Somero Uganda is a member of the Uganda Alcohol Policy Alliance. Since 2013, we implement activities on the prevention of Alcohol, drugs and substance abuse. Over 1,000 slum youth have been reached with drugs and Alcohol Prevention and treatment messages.
In May 2015, we started implementing an awareness raising project; called “Girls on the move an Interactive prevention of drug abuse among slum youth”; funded by UNODC which uses the power of photography to create awareness on drug abuse. This has also equipped our photography classes with 5 computers.