1.1 KACCAD Background
KACCAD is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that was established in 1994. Since its inception KACCAD's goal has been to improve the standard of living of its members through supporting income generating activities, skill development, youth education, health care access and sensitization. KACCAD was originally started as a women's development group. It has since expanded to meet the needs of other vulnerable community members. KACCAD is especially committed to empowering orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), women, people from child-headed households, women headed households, people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and those with disabilities. The core strength of KACCAD is its excellent understanding of the communities it serves and its practical approach to finding solutions to community problems. This strength is rooted in the fact that KACCAD's volunteer staff are part of these same groups. Core staff members all live in Wakiso District and are members of the same vulnerable groups KACCAD targets.
The organization depends on the expertise of full time personnel and other technical and part time support. The expertise available as of May 2007 include: HIV/AIDS and health educator from Peace Corps, accounts person, administrator, construction and carpentry experts, marketing person, medical doctor, and an agricultural economist. KACCAD also is supported by the local governments of Wakiso District, partnerships with 25 community based organizations in these districts, international organizations and private donors.
KACCAD is a community based organization with fulltime and part-time volunteer staff. Primary staff members live in Wakiso district but still other volunteers live in the US, UK, Germany, Sweden and Ireland. The Board of Directors is made up of five people including the Executive Director. The Executive Director is overseen by the Board of Directors. In turn, the Executive Director oversees and works hand in hand with the organization volunteer staff. The group works as a team to conduct projects with staff members taking on many related roles such as financial management, proposal writing and community outreach. A small staff leads to quick decision making and action. Decisions are primarily made by the volunteer staff and Executive Director through a consensus process: where the group reached a unanimous decision on matters pertaining to projects. The Board of Directors is called on if the staff of the organization are unable to come to consensus or it the staff needs other support.
Vulnerable communities in Wakiso District are empowered and self-sufficient with their health, education and income generation needs met.
To raise the standard of living of underprivileged people in Wakiso District through provision of HIV/AIDS, health and education support, vocational skills development and start up resources for income generation.
1.1.3 Our Goals and Objectives
• By 2012, women, youth and OVCs in Wakiso Sub-County and surrounding communities will have increased access to quality HIV/AIDS counselling and testing and HIV/AIDS related health education and support services.
• By 2012, at least 150 presently out of school OVCs in Wakiso Sub-County and surrounding communities will receive school sponsorship and education support.
• By 2012, low income earners, HIV/AIDS infected and affected families, teen mothers and people with disabilities living in Wakiso Sub County will have increased access to skills development opportunities and income generation support.
• By 2012, KACCAD will provide HIV/AIDS sensitization to at least 4,500 in-school and out of school youth, at risk community members and teen mothers in Wakiso Sub-County and surrounding communities. As a result, participants in sensitization campaigns will be better able to avoid HIV infection reducing the prevalence of HIV in our population.
• By 2012, KACCAD will provide HIV/AIDS training and support in HIV/AIDS curriculum development to a male and female teacher in each secondary school in Wakiso Sub County. As result, secondary schools will be equipped with needed information and skills to start HIV/AIDS prevention programs in their schools.
• By 2012, KACCAD, in collaboration with partner agencies, will facilitate access to voluntary HIV counselling and testing for at least 5,000 at risk community members Wakiso Sub-County and surrounding areas. As a result, these people will have increased knowledge of their HIV status and methods of HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention.
• By 2012, 135 low income youth in Wakiso Sub-County will be provided with tailoring training and a sewing machine as part of KACCAD's existing revolving scheme. As a result, at least 25% of involved youth will start profitable tailoring business or continue using tailoring for their home use.
• By 2012, 30 out-of-school youth will receive training in carpentry from the 25 already trained youth who have received tools and support for work space from KACCAD. As a result, at least 10 new youth will be successfully involved in carpentry for IGA.
• By 2012, KACCAD, in collaboration with individuals and partner agencies, will facilitate access to school sponsorships and education support for at least 150 OVCs in additional to the 48 OVCs already provided for by KACCAD Donors. As a result, 150 more vulnerable youth will go back to school or will have the opportunity to attend school for the first time increasing their potential to acquire profitable employment and life skills.
• By 2012, KACCAD will provide a piglet to at least 160 low-income households in addition to the 58 that have already received piglets as part of KACCAD's rotating scheme. To support the sustainability of this project, families will also be provided with financial management training and piggery farming and management skills. As a result, at least 60 families will be enabled to maintain pig raising as a profitable income generating activity.
• By 2012, KACCAD will provide one female and one male local chicken to 275 low-income households in addition to the 11 that have already received chickens as part of KACCAD's rotating scheme. Families will also be provided with financial management and poultry rearing training as way of increasing sustainability of the project. As result, at least 100 families will be enabled to maintain poultry raising as way of income generation or to support family nutrition.