The needs of OVC households are multi- sectoral in nature and this calls for concerted effort from all stakeholders. Through collaborations with local governments, Baylor-Uganda implements an aggressive OVC program through its unique family-centered model that has been further strengthened using the new strategy of sub granting Civil Service Organizations (CSOs) at district level. 15 CSOs have been sub-granted in Rwenzori and Teso sub regions to support implemention interventions on food security and nutrition, economic strengthening, apprenticeship training, education support and offer child protection and legal support services During the period, 1400 OVC caregivers were trained in modern agronomy and provided with agricultural tools and seeds of ground nuts, maize, beans as start up.
Baylor-Uganda implements economic strengthening interventions with the aim of improving livelihoods, empower and sustain OVC households long after project closure.
The capacity of OVC households was built to save and benefit from saving groups. A total of 99 Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) groups with 22-30 members each have since been formed in the regions and the COE. The groups were trained inIncome Generating Activities (IGA), Business skills, VSLA and provided with tool kits . 267 OVC were trained in vocational skills in tailoring and garment cutting, Carpentry and joinery, Hair dressing and cosmetology and Motor vehicle mechanics and 221 received start-up kits.
Baylor-Uganda continued to support OVC children to attain their education. 237 children received school fees assistance while 6485 primary and secondary school going children were provided with scholastic materials including exercise books, pens, bags, uniforms, mathematical sets, rulers, crayons and pencils in all the districts supported. A total 265 cases involving child abuse and other related cases were reported and refereed to appropriate authorities for further action.
Despite challenges in referrals and linkages not being fully functional due to resource constraints, Baylor-Uganda will continue engaging and involving local leaders at all levels including LCs, VHTs and Para social workers to improve OVC livelihoods that translates in improving uptake of services and reduction of HIV transmission.