Christmas comes early for the grandmothers of Reach Out
SKAL International Kampala Chapter, a professional organization bringing together all sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries promoting global tourism and friendship has donated 2,000,000/= to the grandmothers of Reach Out Mbuya Community Health Initiative.
To date, Reach Out Mbuya takes care of 1061 grannies among whom 15 are men. At Reach Out, they are supported with health care, nutrition, food support and economic empowerment activities for income generation.
30 grannies will benefit from SKAL international ‘s donation of food and nutrition a need coming at the time of Christmas.
The Reach Out Mbuya elderly project funded by the Stephen Lewis Foundation focuses on improving the livelihoods of elderly women (50+years) affected and infected with HIV/AIDS to live a dignified life and offer adequate support to the orphans and Vulnerable children(OVC) in their care through a holistic approach. 84% of the elderly women supported by the project live in the rural areas of Luwero District and 16% in the slum of Kampala such as Acholi quarters and Kasokoso where poverty is rife and economic opportunities are limited, coupled with limited family support.
The project operates a system of a grandmother-to-grandmother (GM2GM) community support model with a robust surveillance system of grandmothers’ village committees (GVCs) that continuously monitor and capture emerging issues.