The Community Services team in Kyangwali settlement works to protect women and girls from sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), to ensure the protection of children, to provide for groups with specific needs, and to support and strengthen community groups.
SGBV has serious and far reaching effects on women and girls. It is linked to early pregnancy, school dropouts, contraction of HIV/AIDS and poor general health and impacts not only on the victims but also on children and the wider community. As well as its efforts to fight SGBV, AAH Uganda also supports survivors with clinical care, counselling, legal support, home visits, and safe havens.
Child protection services educate children on their rights and other issues including the impact of SGBV on children and appropriate referral pathways, the dangers of early marriage, and HIV/ AIDS transmission and prevention measures. Vulnerable children receive scholastic materials, soap, food, and clothes. Child mothers are supported in income generating activities, child-headed families are assisted to open new land while those requiring foster care are placed with appropriate carers.
New arrivals and PSNs (predominantly people with disability and the elderly) usually require a higher level of support than other refugees. AAH Uganda ensure that these vulnerable individuals and families receive adequate resources and assistance by providing mobility assistance, building homes and latrines and income generation support.
AAH Uganda distributes gives food and other essential non-financial items to all new refugees to allows families to re-start their lives in Uganda after fleeing conflict. Items include clothes, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, cooking equipment, soap and sanitary products, machetes, plastic sheeting and jerricans.