The grandmothers’ project, which is implemented in Kasaala, Luweero district, aims to improve the well-being of grandmothers and their households. A majority of grandmothers have been affected by HIV, many the primary caretaker for their grandchildren as their children have died from AIDS. The project, funded by the Stephen Lewis Foundation, provides:
Grandmothers Clinics are run weekly at the Kasaala health facility, where grandmothers receive free medical care. Medical outreaches are also conducted in nearby communities, and home visits are conducted to those most frail grandmothers. HIV testing and counseling is integrated into the general care. In 2015, 135 grandmothers were screened for cervical cancer using visual inspection with acetic acid, and two grandmothers with a positive test were referred to Mulago Hospital. 273 grandmothers also received mosquito nets.
Many grandmothers are challenged with a lack of latrines or latrines that are not user-friendly. In 2015, six user-friendly pit latrines were constructed. 150 grandmothers’ households also received water vessels and water guards, along with training on proper use.
The grandmothers, together with their grandchildren, attend trainings in income-generating activities to better support their households economically. These activities include pig and goat rearing, and grandmothers also receive vines for growing sweet potatoes. The grandmothers also participate in VSLA groups – in 2015, 300 grandmothers were active in groups. Grandchildren are given the chance to attend vocational trainings in tailoring, hairdressing, nursery teaching, early childhood education, catering, motor vehicle mechanics, building, and construction and welding.
See this blog to read a day in the life of the grandmothers’ project in Kasaala.