AVSI began operations in northern Uganda in 1984, focusing on education, economic empowerment and livelihoods, health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, child protection, sanitation, and hygiene.
AVSI remained a direct supporter of communities and partner organizations throughout the two-decade civil conflict in the northern regions of the country, demonstrating commitment and capacity to adapt to volatile circumstances.
Today, AVSI partners with vulnerable communities across the country through a comprehensive family-centered approach that builds resilience and contributes to sustainable development. AVSI’s method enables capacity building at all levels: families; local community-based partners; and local government systems.
AVSI, funded by the Office of Food for Peace, USAID, implements a project which goal is to graduate extremely poor refugee households who fled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Ugandan vulnerable households from conditions of food insecurity and fragile livelihoods to self-reliance and resilience.
The Skilling Youth for Employment in Agri-business (SKY) project, implemented with funding from the Embassy of the Netherlands aims to enhance sustainable creation of employment for youth in the agribusiness sector. Through SKY, AVSI will create employment opportunities for 4,000 youth.
Using the innovative approach created by the SCORE project, FARE met the needs of vulnerable children and families in Wakiso and Kampala. The program targeted 10,000 children living on the street and 57,000 living in institutional care, many of whom were not orphans, and were reintegrated into their families.
In 2011, AVSI Foundation began implementing the USAID-funded SCORE project with consortium partners CARE, TPO and FHI360. The project was implemented in 35 districts to reduce the vulnerability of 125,000 people. Households were supported towards graduation and improve resilience.
Health – AVSI strengthens nutrition and other maternal child health services in the northern region. AVSI’s projects increase the capacity of health service providers to prevent mother and child mortality.
Education and Training – AVSI in Uganda has supported more than 15,000 vulnerable Ugandan children and youth since 1994 and has facilitated teacher training and school scholarships.
Business, Technical and Vocational Education and Training – AVSI has empowered more than 2,000 youth with vocational training and greater access to employment.
Capacity Development for People with Disability – AVSI partners with IF Child Help, which is part of the International Federation of Spina Bifida (IF) to reach this population with critical services.
Market Oriented Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition – AVSI provides a tailor-made, market-driven program designed to address challenges in agri-business. Through projects like SKY (Skilling Youth for Employment in Agri-business), AVSI promotes the connection of small holder farmers to resources, including human resources through apprenticeships.
The Luigi Giussani Institute of Higher Education (LGIHE) has trained 25,000 individuals in 500 workshops since 2005 with an educational method that promotes the dignity of every individual and values relationships, traditions, and experiences.
The Meeting Point International (MPI) was founded by Rose Busingye in 1993. Its main activity is the care of people affected by HIV/AIDS and of their orphans in four slums in Kampala (Naguru, Kireka, Ntinda and Nsambya). The Meeting Point International is directly offering healthcare and educational services to more than 2,000 women, 200 children and 1,700 students.