HIV/AIDS Education Project - Tanzania: Working To Empower is currently involved in various HIV/AIDS education projects in Nyragusu Refugee camp in western Tanzania; home to around 50,000 Congolese refugees. The main goal is to increase knowledge concerning the virus and foster a sense of community responsibility concerning the response. We have trained peer educators in the camp, who have been teaching in the camp for over two-years. The consistent and long-running project has had good results. Knowledge levels have increased, VCT services are more utilized, and more interest has been taken in this issue. We have been visiting school, holding video shows for adults, music education and sport education for youth, and seminars for community educators. This project began in 2006 and continues to-date.
Emebet Education Program: The EEP is an education sponsorship program for children who have been orphaned or are in a very vulnerable position. The EEP program allows them to attend school, which is currently not an option. This program runs in three countries and each program is different due to the differing situations. In northern Uganda ten girls from IDP camps are attend boarding school; in Tanzania 55 students are completing high school; in Kampala, Uganda 20 students are attending primary school, and the program continues to expand on a yearly basis with the support of generous sponsors. Working To Empower has recently begun a new partnership to help assist 10 orphaned children to attend primary school as well as their on-going care costs, in Harar, Ethiopia.
Economic Empowerment: Women's Groups: In northern Uganda a group of 30 widows and single mothers make beaded necklaces, sold in Canada by a team of dedicated volunteers. 100% of the sales goes right back to the woman who made the necklace. This program began in 2007 and continues to-date. A group of mothers living with HIV from South Africa are also making bracelets and accessories for sale in Canada. This gives a source of income and security for women who otherwise have difficulty fulfilling these needs. It allows for the children and orphans they care for to attend school and secure the basics. In Tanzania we are supporting a micro-credit loan program for single-mothers, in Nyragusu refugee camp. This program began in 2008 and continues to-date.
HIV/AIDS Education Project - Benin: Working To Empower supporting peer educators in Benin, West Africa. The project is aimed toward refugees in the camps as well as city-dwelling refugees. There have been various awareness raising events over the years such as video education, music education, drama education and seminars. This project began in 2006 and continues to-date.
Resource Sharing Program: Working To Empower is creating new documents/resources relating to HIV/AIDS continually. These documents are now being translated into twenty-eight languages for the purpose of sharing these resources freely with organizations on a global scale. Currently the program has connected into eighty nations with over five-hundred organizations receiving one or more of the translated series of documents on a weekly basis. We offer over 70 materials, all free and translations are slowly being offered for download on the website.
Ugandan Orphanage: Save Our Dear Orphans Fund (S.O.D.O.F.) is a project run by Wakib Bunny. It has two main initiatives: 1) to raise funds 2) to allow volunteers to work with Wakib in the orphanage. S.O.D.O.F. was started by Wakib himself, during a vacation. He receives most of his support from his parents and a few friends. The orphanage is located in Kawempe, a small suburb of Kampala (Uganda). Currently there are 18 children and the funding is not enough. Wakib talked to the local council chairman only to find that the funding was swindled by the officials. The main problem now is costly - accommodation and education for the children in the orphanage. Safety for interested volunteers should not be concern as the area has very good hotels with tight security. The daily costs for volunteers should not exceed $25 per day. Transportation will be provided by Wakib himself. Wakib encourages volunteers to help out while enjoying the scenery and recreation centers. At the recreation centers volunteers hang out, relax, and find adventure.Soon each child's picture, profile, and needs will be posted on this web site. We want to reach out to people from all over the world to help these children. They have basic needs such as food, accomodation and school. To start, S.O.D.O.F. needs a computer to store its database of sponsorships and other related information. A donated computer would be gratefully accepted, or approximately $500 USD will buy one.
Nigerian HIV Education: This project is currently being run by Nigerian project director Prince Odimegwu Onwumere. This project began in November of 2006 and is still in the planning phase. To start; the project needs a computer to store vital information. A donated computer would be gratefully accepted, or approximately $500 USD will buy one.
As WTE evolves, we continue to place the values of Responsibility, Respect and Sustainability at the center of each of our projects. Working in equality with local partners, we work to empower local, community-based action that is context-specific.
Artists For Charity: An organization of artists who have offered their time and efforts for various causes, both in fundraising and for awareness purposes. This organization works with WTE in implementing HIV education in the south of Ethiopia. Artists for Charity's children's home in Ethiopia, where orphaned children living with HIV/AIDS are cared for in a family type setting, is also involved with WTE.
RESPECT International (Refugee Education Sponsorship Program: Enhancing Communities Together): RESPECT is committed to raising awareness among international youth about refugees and refugee issues. It encourages activism among youth while empowering refugee children and communities. It does this through letter and cultural exchange, and the donation and transport of education-related material aid. http://www.respectrefugees.org
ArtHum: Artists for Humanity is a non-profit association in DR Congo (Kinshasa). The association was created in 1999. Its global objective is to contribute to Humanity's safeguard by using mechanisms promoting the development of cultural and artistic potentials. It strives to bring out good sense and to answer problems resulting from the drift of human behaviour and from natural disasters. ArtHum's efforts are concentrated on the 'red zone' of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The zone stretches from North Kivu to the north of Katanga.
CELA: The CELA center is operating in Lugufu Camp, Tanzania. Lugufu is a Congolese refugee camp and CELA works in the field of education and information. This organization is created and operated by refugees themselves. CELA is directed by Atuu Waonaje and is a long-time RESPECT International affiliate, participating in the international letter exchange program.
NECH: New Educational Center for Hope (NECH) is a vocational and educational school created by refugees. NECH is based in the Nyarugusu refugee camp area of Tanzania. NECH is directed by Bilombele Asukulu and is a long-time RESPECT International affiliate, participating in the international letter exchange program.
GPER: Groupement des Parents des ÃÃ¨ves RÃfugiÃs (Group of Refugee Students and Parents). GPER is based in the Cotonou region of Benin, this organization works in the KpomassÃ¨ refugee camp. GPER is a longtime RESPECT International affiliate, participating in the international letter exhange program.
SOC: SOC (Save Our Community) is a Ugandan NGO that was started in the year 2005 amidst the realization of an enormous number of orphans and widows without the capacity to care for their families. This was found to be largely due to the effects of HIV/AIDS. SOC was started to support families affected by HIV/AIDS, to effect a positive change that is sustainable through capacity building and advocacy.
ACDA: Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA) is run out of Kitgum, Uganda but works in twelve of the nearby twenty-two IDP (internally displaced persons) camps.
Ashley Heaslip: Ashley began the coordination of the HIV/AIDS and maternal health project for Working to Empower in April, 2006. She joined Logan in Tanzania at the end of May, 2006, taking with her an HIV/AIDS and maternal health training manual she developed for Working to Empower. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria in April, 2006 in political science and journalism. She spent the summer of 2004 researching HIV/AIDS and primary education in Malawi, southeastern Africa with World University Service of Canada. She has been working for the International Women's Rights Project at the University of Victoria since June, 2005.
Atuu Waonaje: Atuu is the CELA director who organized and helped create the HIV/AIDS education programs that will occur in Kigoma (Tanzania) during 2006.
Bilombele Asukulu: Bilombele is an Executive Director for NECH (Tanzania).
Dieudonne Amisi Mutambala: Dieudonne is the founder and director of ArtHum (Artists for Humanity) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is also a coordinator for RESPECT International in DR Congo, connecting over 1500 students to the letter exchange program. He is spending both his time and money for the betterment of humanity.
Logan Cochrane: Logan is the founder and main director of WTE. He is the project manager for the HIV education project for 2006, as well as its focal teacher. Logan currently lives in Victoria, Canada.
Prince Odimegwu Onwumere: Prince Odimegwu is a Nigerian poet who has volunteered to write and work with WTE in order to be involved with HIV/AIDS awareness. He has been nominated in the International Society of Poets (Owings USA), poetry competitions, and in the Youth Millennium Project (University of Columbia).
Wakib Bunya: Wakib is the founder and director of SODOF in Uganda. He currently cares for and supports eighteen children. He is working not only to care for the children, but to put them through school (costs include school fees, uniforms, supplies). Wakib become involved with WTE through a chance meeting with Logan Cochrane on TIG (Taking It Global).
Wopsy Sembeya: Wopsy is a contact from GPER (Benin) who directed the progress, financial breakdowns, and coordinations for the HIV/AIDS education project in Cotonou.
Priyank Nandan: Priyank is a full time software professional. His love for humanity andhis belief that all of us have the ability to contribute towards making this world a better place brought him closer to this cause. He has written for WTE, helped out with the website and is also an active volunteer. Priyank is from India.
Debbie Lim: Debbie joined Working to Empower in January of 2006 as the webmaster.
Marc Schaeffer: Marc is a resident, founder, and coordinator of RESPECT International. He runs the letter exchange programs that CELA, NECH, and GPER are involved with. Marc connected Logan Cochrane to all three of these organizations which have developed community HIV/AIDS education programs. Marc is currently living in Winnipeg, Canada.
Sandrine Cortet: Sandrine was the United Nations Online Volnuteer of 2005. Sandrine is involved with both RESPECT International and PEOI. Sandrine has written and translated many documents between French and English so that work with GPER could be possible. Sandrine is also responsible for the entire composition of a lengthy document used for applications in funding for the HIV Education Project 2006.
Papia Hajra: Papia is a professional designer and heads her own consultancy based in Dubai, UAE. She works pro bono for organizations with causes that are close to her heart. She has designed the website for WTE and hopes to contribute more.