EMPOWER AND CARE ORGANIZATION (EACO)

 

 

EACO is a registered non profit Community Charity Organisation No. MG/2006/10/294 operating in Mukono district, Central Uganda; it has some project/beneficiaries in Maracha district in West Nile. It was founded in 2004 and registered in 2006 and been in operation since then. 

Vision

The vision of EACO is a world free and/or reduction of poverty and HIV/AIDS in the community

Mission

The mission of EACO is to reduce poverty and HIV/AIDS through economic empowerment, educational opportunities and support for disadvantaged groups. Their activities are targeted toward vulnerable women, especially widows and those living with HIV/AIDS; vulnerable children, youth, and the elderly.

Objectives

 

  • To stimulate, promote, and support economic activities in rural communities that improve quality of life for disadvantaged and marginalized persons
  • To prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and mitigate its effects
  • To improve agricultural production by making necessary resources available
  • To  build and strengthen the capacity of community groups in order to improve upon management and planning at the local level
  • To build and strengthen strategic partnerships to maximize and effect change
  • To mobilize resources and facilities from key stakeholders, government and donors so as to implement community programmes

 

EACO provides physical and psychosocial support to marginalized and at-risk women, vulnerable children and orphans, youth and the elderly living in Mukono district. The organization seeks to empower women through economic development, which it achieves through education programmes, vocational training, and the provision of health care.

EACO interventions focus on poverty reduction and address the effects of HIV/AIDS. A majority of vulnerable women, particularly widows and those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as vulnerable children, youth, and the elderly.

EACO is currently working in Mukono in the sub counties of Nama, Ggoma, Nakisunga, Mukono central division and Kyampisi. EACO is compelled by the desperate circumstances facing this population and believes that by investing in economic development and improving health, education, these vulnerable individuals can be empowered to seize new opportunities and broaden their horizons for a brighter future.

 

EACO has developed capacity in areas of program implementation over along period of time. With expertise along side our vision & mission it’s certain we are a dependable organization to implement more projects.

           

 

 

The beneficiaries or target groups of our work in a tailoring class

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our work 

  • Our  strategic activities are truly embedded in our vision & mission.
  • EACO’s programmes include but not limited to the followings: Economic empowerment (Livelihood); HIV/AIDS (Health); Water and Sanitation; Education; Youth/Childcare support among others.
  • Fighting of tropical Malaria (a major killer in Africa) by provision of Mosquito Nets. Provision of food supply to the families of grand mothers taking care of Children to cover the insufficiency of food supplies the grandmother face. 
  • Counseling and guidance for  Children and Grannies on HIV/AIDS, Family planning, STDs and ARVs.

How our work contributes to the advancement of women’s rights in our community.

Our group is a human rights group because of its advocacy for the large percentage of people whose special needs have been not understood or addressed for a long time and who had no forum where to air their concerns, challenges and special needs they face like physical and emotional abuse. Etc, and its impact on their lives so that the policy makers and service providers can come up with the appropriate programs and services to meet their needs

 

Our group is furthering women’s empowerment through skills training and education, provision of some little funds for small enterprises and discussions on legal matters, Health and nutrition & child care. So far with the membership fee, we have placed some girls and young women in college, provide funds and materials for handcrafts and tailoring and piggery projects and our youth Mobilizer is teaching other young girls the skills of crocheting. 

 

Challenges of the organization

 

  • Lack of funding base. EACO still lacks donors to support the projects yet this hinders sustainability of projects set up.
  • Limited office space. This has resulted in merging offices which are also small. There is also lack of enough space for storage of office equipment especially.
  • Lack of transport facilities for instance there is not any vehicle. Sometimes the organization has to hire the vehicle to take the staff and volunteers to the field which leads to delays in the running of the activities. 

 

Home-Based Care Reduces the Burden on women and Children

People who are poor and ill with AIDS are vulnerable to social isolation, depression, and the inability to care for their own and their family’s basic needs; Children are often forced to leave school to care for their dying parents. A widespread response is a home-based care program, which provides a community with trained volunteers to visit the homes of the ill. Home-based care volunteers assist with a range of needs, including food preparation, hygiene, basic medical care, and counseling.

 
Raising Awareness Inspires Action

As long as people are ignorant of the needs of vulnerable women and children or are fearful of contracting poverty and HIV/AIDS from simple social contact, there will be children and women left uncared for. Many groups educate people about the responsibility they all share to protect vulnerable women, orphans and vulnerable children. A common approach is to form “Women and Child Care Committees” that bring together a cross-section of community members to identify Women and children in need and develop a plan of action. Many organizations also work to reduce the high level of discrimination associated with the disease through outreach and education. These programs help ensure that Women, children and their families receive the acceptance and support crucial to their survival.

Do you know that Home-Based Care Reduces the Burden on women and Children?

 

People who are poor and ill with AIDS are vulnerable to social isolation, depression, and the inability to care for their own and their family’s basic needs; Children are often forced to leave school to care for their dying parents. A widespread response is a home-based care program, which provides a community with trained volunteers to visit the homes of the ill. Home-based care volunteers assist with a range of needs, including food preparation, hygiene, basic medical care, and counselling.

 

In recap, EACO does microfinance training, provision of basic needs and scholastic materials , Psychosocial support to the vulnerable members of society. It is therefore right to say that all the activities done are done for the good of the vulnerable members of society. Therefore, EACO has done and is still doing a great work to help in the betterment of lives of the vulnerable members in the community.

 

EACO’s ability to expand its services and increase its impact is often challenged by limited resources. Donor funding can enable groups to address this challenge.

EACO needs your support either through financial assistance or other means like volunteering to discuss how the community can best respond to the needs of vulnerable women and children. Please see our volunteering and donating pages for more information.