Was is seeking for pen-pals who can support 1000 orphans and vulnerable girls in ankole region of Uganda.
Was is a Christian, relief, development and advocacy,community based organization, not for profit, women, disabled, youth and HIV/AIDS organization based in Mbarara and operating in south western Uganda. We are focused, results oriented social enterprise that develops efficient, effective, women, disabled, child, youth and Hiv/Aids programs in Uganda. We are dedicated to working with children, women, disabled, youth, families and communities to make a sustainable improvement on their lives.
Our development program implementation is focused empowering the vulnerable people so that they can sustainably improve their quality of life and be able to reduce dependency and vulnerability.
Our operations are guided by the key values that is excellence, accountability, mutual respect, integrity and transparency, gender equality and equity, participation, volunteerism and respect for human rights.
WAS VISION:A self reliant and poverty free world.
WAS MISSION STATEMENT:To contribute to the process of empowering the vulnerable people so that they can sustainably improve their quality of life and be able to reduce dependency and vulnerability.
WAS has an extensive network of youth groups, cooperatives, clubs and associations. It has realized various formal and informal trainings and workshops besides establishing an alliance of stakeholders who work with and for the youth they include; Jesus Cares, World Of Hope, Ankole And South Ankole Diocese, Local Governments among others. The Organization also works with 10 schools in different parts of south western on Violence against women and girls issues, HIV/AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children(OVC), it has managed to contribute to improving the quality of life of women, it has supported several groups includes a young mothers groups setup an income generating activity which include piggery, also in the project implemented by us in Mbarara in 2011,we have managed to contribute to improving the lives of 5,000 orphans and vulnerable children(OVC) The organization has well developed youth and community engagement concepts, financial systems which are capacitated by IAF besides having a youthful and qualified staff.
We support the OVC to have an improved quality of life. According to statistics from UNAIDS, there are over two million orphans in Uganda and with about one million children orphaned as a result of HIV. Vulnerable means “easily harmed’’ by not having necessities of life for instance right foods, shelter, and medical care.
Young children need food from all food groups. Children have small stomachs, there fore they take little food and therefore need many meals everyday. Young children need enough of right kinds of food to prevent sickness.
Children need a descent shelter to bee free from sickness. They need good ventilated house, proper beddings and clothing, good sanitation, need to be loved, need to be free from violence, need enough time to play, need to be free from hard labor, to mention but a few.
If the children’s rights are not fully respected, they may;
• Stop smiling, babbling or playing.
• Move, crawl and roll less than a healthy child.
• Get thinner and look miserable.
• Develop swollen moon face, loss of color in the hair and skin, un happy looking, not growing(stunted)
• Develop thin upper arms, sore and peeling skin, muscles are wasted, swollen hands and feet.