THE EMPOWEREMENT ACTION PROGRAM (TEAP).
TEAP is a Capacity building, Empowerment and child development project of GHMU. This is registered independently as community based organizations in Mukono and Wakiso districts. The project was founded by several individuals who were concerned with the suffering and needs of vulnerable poor women, orphans and vulnerable children.
VISION: To see a holistic transformation among less privileged women, men and children improve in their wellbeing economically, physically, socially and spiritually.
MISSION: To build capacity of less privileged persons, empowering women and promoting holistic child development through and foster viable community development.
- Building the capacity of Community based organizations to be able to provide effective, appropriate services in their localities.
- Empowering women especially single mothers, Widows and those affected by HIV/AIDS to become self sufficient and self reliant.
- Facilitating child development by promoting care and concern to Orphans and Vulnerable Children, supporting them in short and long-term needs.
- To promote prevention of HIV/AIDS, providing care and support to the effected and infected.
Most the single mothers we so far have met are those who grew up as AIDS orphans, children from broken families, street children, and besides this women’s vulnerability evolves from poverty and lack of proper parenting. Most of the single mothers again are children of single mothers meaning this trend has been repeating itself and no one has ever noticed. Each year there are hundreds and sometimes thousands of street children. All people will always ask where these children come from but nobody dares to think of where they go when they grow up. Another fact is these young women who are 30 years old and below are 2ndand 3rd generation AIDS victims. May have HIV and some as simply affected by the pandemic.
To reverse this trend and promote positive transformation and development, such women need to be given support, for sustainability, as some of them are dependents of extended families, others widows and teen mothers with no job, no skills to help them earn a living and no capital to start businesses. Some of these young women find themselves involved in prostitution against their will but due to intense poverty because they feel they must provide food, clothing and school fees for their children.
Orphans and Vulnerable Children fail to go to school although some of the schools are government aided. Children’s needs such as poor nutrition, scholastic materials, bad sleeping environments, lack of meals throughout the day while at school. Such and many other problems also for many children to drop out of school at early ages.
How It Works!
- Setting up a project system, to intensify effective and appropriate services to the community, women, youth and children. This will include putting in place a project office facility, technical staff, implementation committees, tools and equipment, and to build a children’s home with a School, vocational training center and women’s rehab center for counseling, short stay and hospitality for those who have no place to go.
- Empowering women (mainly single mothers, and Widows) with tools and skills to enable them to increase in their economic productivity so that they can become independent decision makers in their lives. The support will include motivational speaking, counseling and guidance, training in vocational skills, provision of income generation grants and revolving loans. Sensitization building awareness in human rights including: domestic issues, parenting, legal rights, property rights, children’s rights and health and wellness.
- The project will help Orphans and Vulnerable children (OVCs) by supporting them in short-term and long-term needs in all aspects of life. Give children school fees, clothing, meals at schools, medical care where needed, beddings and shelter, as a means to offer education; social, spiritual, economic, medical health needs and skills development.
Previous interventions and achievements
- Since its inception, TEAP has provided capacity building to 18 Community Based Organizations in Mukono Municipality and Nansana Municipality in Mukono and Wakiso districts respectively.
- Supported 107 women and 228 children have been supported, of these some are women who are former homeless street women, People With disabilities, Women living With HIV/AIDS, widows and other vulnerable poor young women
- Provided shelter, food and medical care to young teen mothers and their children. These were once prostitutions that were doing forced sexual work due to the power of poverty. Having heard about TEAP they come to seek help on how they can live financially independent.
- Providing counseling, small grants income generation activities, housing and general domestic support. This provided them with little income that helped them not to go to the streets anymore.