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2021 ANNUAL REPORT
This year, we stretched and implemented interventions in more than 24 districts in the Uganda. Some of these are: Amuria, Bukomansimbi, Kampala, Bunyangabo, Fortportal, Kakumiro, Kibale Hoima, Gulu, Kyotera, Masaka, Rakai, Kitgum, Pader, Kabarole, Kasese, Kyegegwa, Mubende, Kamwenge, Kiboga, Kaberamaido, Terego, Tororo, and Wakiso. In all these districts, through our service delivery, economic empowerment and advocacy programs, we provided HIV, SRH, GBV information and services, and empowered over 7760 grassroot rights holders on amplifying their voices, strengthening their resilience and work in an extremely challenging pandemic time as a tandem to improving access to integrated universal health care services, holding duty bearers accountable, and fortifying intersectional grassroot movement building among female sex workers and other minoritized women and girls in the sex work and humanitarian contexts. In districts such as Bukomansimbi, Kampala, Masaka, Kyotera, Terego, and Wakiso, we provided sustainable livelihood skills through economic empowerment to 796 rights holders, (25 of these were adolescent girls and young women living with disability in sex work contexts), 340 women and AGYW empowered through power clubs in humanitarian refuge contexts –particularly from Terego distrct, 137 were from fish landing sites, 74,920,000 Saved through our GHLEG rights holders economic empowerment groups. Further, we supported over 3952 FSWs and AGYWs to access SRHR services, HIV prevention (ie PrEP, condoms and lubricants) and treatment services through our Community Health and Livelihood Enhancement Group Model, and Enhanced Peer Outreach Approach, extended post abortion care services to 166 FSWs through our community based accompaniment model, supported 82 rights holders to be vaccinated against COVID-19, retained 88% of the 441 clients on ART. On the brighter note, 2021 was the first year of implementation of our Sex Workers Feminist Advocacy Agenda (SWoFAA). SWoFAA supported 150 women ( FSWs, 75 AGYW, and 75 WLHIV) to develop 6 subnational intersectional grassroot advocacy strategies in 6 districts –that is Amuria, Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Kaberamaido, and Tororo.
We worked with more than 97 partners, including our grassroot members, and those in coalitions and networks, Civil society Organizations (CSOs), health facilities, supported 19 Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Government institutions, regional and global institutions working on issues of health, human rights and intersectional progressive feminism. Internally, we continued to strengthen our institutional capacity with a focus on; infrastructure development (with completion of our Drop in Centre –Kampala, and construction of a safe space); Resource mobilization, staff capacity and welfare; We have strengthened our finance and procurement systems –conducted our Internal auditing, reviewed our Human resource policy (where we reviewed the staff contracts), started staff wellness sessions to address the issue of work stress and burnouts emanating from the workloads, and renewed our permit of operation.
We have also supported our 21 grassroot organizations in grant application processes and building their capacity in managing their DiCs/Safe spaces, finance, and Monitoring and Evaluation systems. Not forgetting fiscal hosting for some of our network members. This year, we have proved that homegrown grassroot network of organisations can efficiently and effectively support its members to build and strengthen their capacities in bringing about community transformation. Below is a summary of our performance in 2021