Our Programs

Our community programs that we run include:

Environment and Climate change

Through community mobilization and campaigns, and in partnership with other stakeholders and students,AIDEST engages communities to participate in tree planting, and educate local communities the benefits of preserving trees so to protect the environment and ensure climate change. A new project for waste collection or bin-it for recycling has been introduced to help collect waste products like bottles, metal, plastic bags, polythene and paper to ease work for recycling companies collect it to recycle and turn into useful products like fertilizers, bags, raw materials, handcrafts among others. After binning it recycling companies do collect the waste in the collection centres designated by the authorities. Developments have been established in schools to guide them on forming environmental clubs in Primary and Secondary Schools.

As part of innovation, AIDEST promotes sustainable energy to reduce households and communities’ dependence on firewood, charcoal and electricity that are expensive; and return to promoting the construction and use of household biogas as a sustainable source of energy. Biogas is cheaper and easy to use. By this, we provide community training on construction of biogas units and its benefits, and encourage them to use the system in their own homes, as long as a single household possesses at least 3 cows and above. Encourage the schools heads (Nursery, Primary and Secondary) to help children create or start forming environment clubs and these should be established and managed by children / students themselves for the purpose of sustainability.

Gender-based and Domestic violence

In Uganda, a latest report shows that domestic violence is commonplace. According to Uganda Bureau of Statistics, close to 71% of ever-married women aged 15 to 49 experience some form of violence at the hands of their partners. And also citing a United Nations report, a 2010 U.S. Department of State Report on human rights in Uganda offers further insight; 60% of women aged 15 and above experienced physical violence, 15% of women face violence during pregnancy, and husband’s prerogative, as did the majority of the population, and rarely intervened in cases of domestic violence.

Public health services

Research has it that, in Uganda, millions of adolescents / young people aged between 10 – 19 years are infected by HIV&AIDS and other reproductive health risks, still a worrying and alarming situation; create awareness through provision of counseling services, training and guidance to adolescents to reduce the spread of HIV&AIDS epidemic and other reproductive health risks. We support these groups by encouraging them to control, use all preventive measures and refer them to health centres for treatment through capacity building; fight to reducing the rate of early and unwanted pregnancies among teenagers.

Water and sanitation

AIDEST promotes water, hygiene and sanitation programs by installing water sources like boreholes and construction of wells with appropriate technologies in collaboration with partners to provide safe and clean water to communities in rural and peri-urban areas that find difficulties in accessing and collecting water from distant areas. Promotion of WASH programs in schools and communities. School communities in rural and urban locations as well as households should strive to live in a safe and clean healthy environment and to always use clean water in their homes both for cooking, washing and drinking.By building capacity we encourage mothers and children to always sleep under mosquito nets to prevent Malaria, appropriate measures on control.

Agriculture and Agribusiness for sustainability

After having received knowledge and skills training in agriculture and agribusiness for sustainability to help reducing poverty in rural communities, we embarked on promoting agriculture in Uganda by encouraging and engaging local farmers in agribusiness through seminars especially to young people; to help them become self-sustaining. We mostly focus on growing rice, keeping cattle to producing milk and yoghurt for health Ugandans. Use of ICT development to grow foods for example, like cabbages, maize and coffee for instance and the quality of seeds, and thereafter locate market locally and internationally, or use of the internet, thus creating sustainable income. We want young people to engage in agriculture and to participate in such training to become professionals in this sector, because agriculture is a source of income and backbone of Uganda.

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