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UPA/02/2020 UGANDA UGANDA EDU, HIV /AIDS 07/07/2020 24/07/2020

Project title
Building capacity for HIV and AIDS responses among the rural community of west Nile region.
7th – 24th July 2020
3 weeks
Project Code
Project hosts
UPA Arua Branch
Project theme
“Raising awareness on HIV/AIDS and psychosocial support”
Project location
The project will take place at UPA Arua Branch, Ezoova Village, Driwala Parish Pajulu Sub county 3 Km from Arua Town.
The administrative and commercial headquarter of the district is 520Km away from Kampala, Ugandan Capital City ( DSOER(2003/04)
Project Background
Human Immune deficiency Virus (HIV) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Uganda.In a country where 1.4 million people are living with HIV, women and young women in particular are disproportionately affected.There are many political and cultural barriers which have hindered effective HIV prevention programming in Uganda. As a result, new HIV infections are expected to rise in coming years.
While there have been increased efforts to scale up treatment initiatives in Uganda there are still many people living with HIV who do not have access to the medicines they need. Young people, especially girls aged between 15 and 24, are disproportionately affected by HIV infection. Among adolescent girls; every single hour, 2 young women are getting infected with HIV in Uganda. The prevalence of HIV among adolescent girls stands at 9.1 percent, compared to the national prevalence rate of 7.3 percent.
Uganda registers 230 HIV new infections a day. Despite widely available anti-retroviral therapy, 76 people die of AIDS-related causes every single day! This illustrates the urgent unfinished business of ending AIDS, made more worrisome by recent calls to reduce the health and education budgets, that are important sectors for the fight against HIV, which at this critical time, do not augur well for ending the epidemic.
This work camp therefore is intended to address some of the challenges in the Peri-urban setting of Pajulu and Oluko, conducting voluntary HIV Counseling and testing, free condoms distributions, and creating awareness in the community among others.
Project objective
The aim of this Work camp is to test and educate the community in the Parishes of Driwala and Onzivu, Arua district, Uganda on safe sex practices. Abstinence, Sexual Harassment and Abuse, HIV and AIDS, STIs, Traditional influences on HIV AIDS.
 To equip 1000 stake holder’s skills in forum theatre.
 To mobilize and sensitize 3000 stakeholders in Pajulu and Oluku on HIV/AIDS.
 Train School HIV AIDS peer educators.
 To advocate for youth friendly approaches on HIV / AIDS issues and safe sex practices.
 Holding 3 workshops on HIV /AIDS Issues.
 Best safe sex practices.
 Debates on current HIV /AIDS challenges
 Visiting People living with HIV and sharing their testimonies
 Performing forum theatre on HIV /AIDS.
 Having games and sports like football, Board games. e.tc.
 Quiz.
 Camp reviews. Education.
 Debate on gender issues at school.
 Change of public attitude on HIV / AIDS.
Expected output
 3 workshops held.
 20 Peer educators trained.
 The HIV AIDS patients Visited.
 Four forum theater presented.
 Community are able to learn safe sex practices.
Cultural and Historical sites
 Visit historical sites, i.e. Wanglei Puvungu and Emin pasha’ s Tomb solar eclipse monument in WADELAI,
 Muchision falls National Game park ( Para)
 Nyagak Power dam (Uganda Boarder with Congo)
 Mount Wati
 Note there are more available opportunities to visit tourist places like Murchison falls, hot and cool Amor pii ( Panyimur) Lendu forest, Aguu hill but will require people who can pay for themselves
Who Qualifies to participate
 One with positive attitude on HIV/AIDS issues and from diverse cultures.
 Willingness to take up task as peer educator
 National, Regional and international volunteers.
 One with ambition to learn about HIV issues and understand how to talk and counsel the peers.
 Ability to adopt and enjoy living in single conditions
 Willingness to taste a variety of local foods and rural accommodations
 No expertise, skills is required.
Health services
The district has a referral Hospital 3km in Arua. The regional referral Hospital is 3kms from the site and there are other private Health services nearer the site e.g. Star Medical Clinic. St. Francis Clinic in Nsambya, Ediofe St. s Asunta Health Centre.
The host community
The project is situated at Ezoova Village, 3km from Arua Town. The Camp shall be hosted by community members of UPA Arua Branch and affiliate groups. The project is predominately Lugbara, Alur speaking people but with majority being fluent in English.
We encourage participation of all people worldwide. The project expects 25 participants internationally and locally participants from different countries. Participants are expected to work 6 hours a day and engage in group discussions, Saturdays and Sundays are free days for general cleanliness and site visiting.
Water sources
Participants use wheel barrows to carry jerrycans or by hands from the nearby wells, protected spring water and boreholes from camp sites. The water source is 300 meters away from the camp site.
Weather / climate
During this period, it’s usually dry. The temperatures are warm between 28-35 degrees centigrade and the evenings are at times a bit cold.
The food is basic and simple. Be ready to take the same dish for some days in a row. Fruits can at times be availed for the campers from local markets. Participants will chose food to prepare depending on the availability. The participants will use charcoal or firewood to prepare the meals. If you need more fruits/extra meals/special diet you can get it on your own cost.
 Accommodation will be at UPA Arua branch office, participants shall be required Accommodation will be in simple rooms.
 Participants will be required to carry own mat and sleeping bag.
 The camp site has simple bathrooms and pit latrines no showers
 A simple cooking shelter (Kitchen)
 Participants are requested to bring with them mosquito nets.
Participants shall be required to bring own sleeping bag, mat, pillow, mosquito net, sun cream, mosquito repellent, working gloves and boots/shoes. Light working clothes during working hours and warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly or cold; Musical instrument (optional); torch or flash light; water purifiers (optional); Personal effects (i.e. soap, toothpaste, toiletries)
It would be nice if you can bring your national flag, common art facts of your country, stories, games, pictures and local recipes. It would be helpful for the cultural presentations about your country and for any social interactions. Above all do not forget a happy and positive attitude.
 Shorts, dresses and skirts should reach knee length for cultural consideration.
 Smoking in public is illegal while engagement in drug/harsh carries a life prison sentence.

Participation fee: 250 Euros for International volunteers
International participants are required to pay an extra fee of 250 Euros. The fee covers pick up from the airport or bus station/terminal upon arrival in Uganda, orientation at the UPA offices, local transport to and from the campsite, basic food and accommodation during the workcamp. The fee also contributes to the running of activities taking place during the workcamp and communication prior and other administrative costs to ensure that the project is successfully implemented.
Please note
 The fee does not cover airport drop off after the project. Volunteers that intend to have the drop off service are required to consult with UPA to identify the service provider. It will cost the volunteer an extra 25-28 Euros for this service.
 To allow the best preparations, participants are advised to arrive a day before commencement of the work camp applied for.
 Accommodation is basic. In most cases the participants will be sleeping in community halls or school classrooms. The volunteers are required to bring with them a sleeping bag, a mosquito net and other personal requirements.
 Meals are prepared by the participants in turns on charcoal stoves or open fire. The meals are basic, In case you need to have a special meal/diet, you have to buy it yourself.
For more information about the specific camps and activities, UPA provides an info sheet.
Cancellation of participation
Cancellation of participation before the project resumes while in Uganda attracts a 50% refund only. In case a volunteer cancels his/her participation during the workcamp, it is not possible to refund any amount of the participation fee to them. This is due to the fact that expenses are already incurred on communication, airport pick up, orientation, prior preparations before the workcamp and other logistics. However if a volunteer cancels his/her participation before arriving in Uganda, he will be given back the entire fee if payments were made prior to their arrival in the country.