Background:

The idea of SPAU was born on 17th October 1999. Paul Lwanga’s idea to set up SPAU was borne out of seeing the poverty in rural Uganda and the special needs of single parent families struggling to provide enough for their households. This situation reminded Paul of his own experience in a single parent household where his mother struggled to raise him and his siblings in a chaotic Ugandan history between the 60′s and 70′s. In addition to this, many single parent families continued to lose loved ones to HIV/AIDS and malaria.

The Idea

Paul LwangaPaul saw much of the overseas aid going towards awareness projects and medicines for people suffering from AIDS, but very little going to their family dependents who had to keep their own lives going in spite of economic hardship. Paul shared this idea with his two colleagues, Anne Lubega (RIP) and Alex Ssenyama, who were also single parents at the time facing the growing pressures and needs of raising children on their own. The trio eventually set up SPAU in December 1999, registering it with the government of Uganda as a non governmental organisation under charity number S.5914/29

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Staff and Trustees

SPAU maintains a large network of volunteers who are all community-based and usually also single parents and/or members of local SPAU groups. SPAU volunteers also include single parent group leaders and other executive-office bearers of their group committees. A typical SPAU group committee consists of at least 5 people who include: the chairperson, vice chairperson, treasurer, general secretary and information secretary/mobiliser. The SPAU group committees are responsible for the day-to-day operations of their respective groups. SPAU members in each group agree on the roles and responsibiliti

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Evelyne , Uganda
2022 May 16

Am a single mother, living in hoima, I welcome any support rendered. Thanks

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Shakirah , Uganda
2022 May 05

Hello Spau, thank you for the great job you are doing of loving and caringI have afriend who is in bad state, she lost her husband and was abandoned by the husband's family yet she has three children two daughters one of eight years and the other of four years plus ason of six years and lives in the village, these children need education which she's not able to afford since she's not educated and have no job, how can you as Spau help her?Thank you so much

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Nabukeera Annet , Uganda
2022 Apr 30

Am a single mother of 4 children i lost a job in covid..am totally stuck .i have working skills in finance and administration but no job.i have ideas but no capital.please help me and i help my kids.thanks

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Asiimwe sylivia , Uganda
2022 Apr 24

Am asingle mum of three one is twelve and she has autism second is 7 years and third is 1 year , I have no job my children are starving can you please help me ta raise small money so that I can look after these innocent souls thx

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Nakaliisa Irene , Uganda
2022 Apr 20

Hello, I'm a single mother of 2 beautiful girls. One is making 11years this Nov and the other making 4years this coming October. I have experience with cell phone repairs and I believe I can start with little capital and grow eventually. Your assistance in any way will be highly appreciated. Thank you and stay blessed.

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Nsimire Aston , Uganda
2022 Apr 19

Hello good evening from Kampala UgandaAm Nsimire Aston director of operation refugees for prosperity and executive director infinite hope for vulnerable Africa Kampala Uganda we work with ntungamo district community monitoring team in ntungamo district western region,Am requesting for patternship with youThe main aim is to raise awareness for education health for children youth affected by disease such as HIV and disabilities And empowering youth in leadership and entrepreneurship training skillshttps:twitter.comHopeVuln[email protected]gmail.com256781545408I will be eagerly waiting to hear from you thank you very much

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BECKY MUTONYI , Uganda
2022 Apr 17

Am Becky, a single mother of three kids and seeking for help especially in terms of connection for me to get a job and support my Angels. Am a graduate and a hard working woman with a Bachelor's in Mass Communication and am very certain there are friends here who can connect me and I get a job. However I also have a dream of opening up a food business so if I can get a job and raise my capital then I will be very grateful. Thanks in advance.

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Namwanje , Uganda
2022 Mar 20

I am a single and l would like to open up a bridal shop with any help I can get..thank you stay blessed

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Namuy ige Amirah , Uganda
2022 Mar 19

IAM a poor single mom with five children and am in need of your help because we are starving and even about to be homeless because of lack of money for rent

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Namuy ige Amirah , Uganda
2022 Mar 19

Hi I am a single mom of 34 with 5 children am starving with my children in a house which is on demand of four months please I need your help

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Nakawesi hasifah , Uganda
2022 Feb 28

My name is nakawesi hasifah am here by seeking your help am a single mother of 3, I have no job and a place to stay my kids still young firt born is 7yrs,sec is 4yrs,last is 1and 7months pls help me

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NDIBALEKERA FAUZIA , Uganda
2022 Feb 07

With all respect I'm sending my greetings to you. Am called Ndibalekera Fauzia from Uganda, am a single mother of two children and I really need your support my children are lucking school fees, accommodation, and other needs in life and I can't afford them am lucking capital for business i will be very glad if my application reach your best consideration thank you.

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Lydia , Uganda
2022 Jan 03

I also want to join cos am a single mother of six children I have no job en I have no money to educate my children please help me

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NABAGEREKA ANNET , Uganda
2021 Nov 25

Am Nabagereka annet author of get inspired from a diary abook that has different contents in relation to family , leadership , business and true facts of life so on that case my first chapter talking about abundance mindset and true experience from a single parent i would like to get a chance to join your community programs to inspire many single mums out their who have lost hope .

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Sophie nyago , Uganda
2021 Oct 09

Dear sirmadam,I am hereby seeking your help, I am a single mother of two, currently not working, I had a soft drink kiosk but due to lack of enough capital, it failed. I am seeking capital to start any other business so that I can be able to look after my children.

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Sharifah , Uganda
2021 Aug 26

Am an bandoned single mother now, based in Jinja. I am struggling to rise my son (Livelihood and education-wise). He is now 4 years old. Can you assist me please??? Life has become too hard to live. Am really desperate.Please

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Viola , Uganda
2021 Jun 09

Im Viola from kalangala a single mother of 2 we need your assistance on the island

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Viola , Uganda
2021 Jun 09

Im Viola from kalangala a single mother of 2 we need your assistance on the island

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Viola , Uganda
2021 Jun 09

Im Viola from kalangala a single mother of 2 we need your assistance on the island

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Viola , Uganda
2021 Jun 09

Im Viola from kalangala a single mother of 2 we need your assistance on the island

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Naggaya Josephine , Uganda
2021 Jun 03

I need help, am from masaka , Soweto am struggling raising up my two girls. Am a single mother

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HAMIDA NAYIGA MUWONGE , Uganda
2021 May 20

Dear (Friend in Christ),I greet you in the Name of Jesus Christ, thank you for the good work you are doing for the people of good. How are you doing? Wife and kids plus family members and your co-workers.I am called Hamida Nayiga Muwonge aged 42 years, single mother, with one child called Malik Mugambe 9 years old, his father abandoned us now its 8 years now but sends us little support that is not enough for both of us, like in his school fees, feeding, hospital, clothing and upkeep etc.The reason why am writing to you to kindly find it in your heart to assist my son in school fees and other school requirements.I have attached recommendations letter from the LCI (Chairman) and from my church, School fees structure plus requirements and his photo.Hope my request will be put under your kind consideration.Thank you in advanceMay God bless you.Yours faithfully,Hamida Nayiga MuwongeMotherP.O. BOX 36387,KAMPALA -UGANDA

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Nabirye Racheal , Uganda
2021 Mar 22

My contact is 0706 4873810777203344, I am in bad shape now and request for assistance. Thanks you. Nabirye Racheal.

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Nabirye Racheal , Uganda
2021 Mar 22

I am a single mother of four daughters. I need some assistance so as to raise my girls well. I was disadvantaged during the covid 19 lockdown, that I lost my job as a teacher and lost my husband as well in October. I have done my best to raise my girls but when they get sick,I sometimes fail to get treatment in time. Sometimes I borrow or leave debts in clinics. Feeding and rent have also been a challenge. I was recalled back to work but with half pay... I find it hard now to raise my kids for I can't even do heavy work due to the C_section I had on the last child. Any assistance given, I shall be very grateful. Thank you.

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Sabano Beatrice , Uganda
2021 Feb 24

Glory to God for Swiss league of Catholic women through Happy mother happy child organization, I got skills in permaculture farming methods as well as basic hand farming tools and seeds that has caused change in my home , am now very able support my children education especially through vegetable growing during dry season.May God bless you.

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Veronica Kisaakye , Uganda
2021 Feb 19

I need help

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ONAP PATRICK JOSEPH , Uganda
2021 Jan 27

These people are the best in uganda. 07847161300784811205.

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Babirye Annet , Uganda
2021 Jan 24

Am a single mother of two boys who has completely failed out.help me get back to my knees

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Twinomugisha Lucky , Uganda
2021 Jan 07

I appreciate the kind of work your are doing especially addressing issues concerning women empowerment and ending gender based violence mostly in my country because the situation is not all good to single mothers and they are being voilated both economically, socially and sexually yet a woman is a mother to the world she should be greatly appreciated for every single work done. Thank you very much and I hope the ends will meet if we join together to end such kind of violence against mothers.

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Edith Nyiramugisha , Uganda
2020 Dec 30

Hello, I am a single mother too trying to make ends meet. Would like to join this forum for betterment of self and my daughter who is making 10 years in April 2021.

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oliver mbabazi , Uganda
2020 Nov 28

Hi, how can i meet join you.im a single mother of two in dilema of being depressed .i need to join fellow single mothers and be conforted as a group. what challenge i get i regret of guiltness and im tired of this kind of life.it will be gratefull if you respond to me thank you.tel 256774068812.

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Nanyunja irene , Uganda
2020 Oct 25

A head a cbo for single mothers in masaka

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Magoba Velonika , Uganda
2020 Oct 07

Thanks for the good work done.I am a single mother of a three and 9 months boy, I need your support because l am educated but no job yet o have to rent and take care of my son. Your support will be welcomed.Velonika Magoba, Uganda

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Adokorach Juliana , Uganda
2020 Oct 04

I am a single mother of two boys and a social worker with a story to tell about my life and how I managed to cope after the father of my children packed out of the house and left me and his own children homeless.

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Gilbert Asiku , Uganda
2020 Oct 02

I thankGod so much for raising me up due to patience of my mother. Glory be to strong hearted single parents

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Kisaakye Joan , Uganda
2020 Jul 14

Thanks very much for the community work being done at serubona in kituntu sub county, Mpigi district. But please can you extend your services to other parishes also at kituntu like Migamba!?

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Lawrence Muhwezi , Uganda
2020 Jul 07

Dear Sir,Greetings from theCooperator magazine in Naguru, Kampala,It is Ugandas only cooperative business focused media outlet. The publication provides daily news content in its website www.theCooperator.news and also produces a bi-monthly print magazine. TheCooperator Magazine stands tall as the voice for the global cooperative movement of over 1 billion people .We publish sector, business, development policy and advocacy specific commentaries, analytical pieces, news, features and provide some of the best advertising offers that reaches your business to the more than 20,000 registered cooperatives representing over 12 million members in Uganda. With over 250 vending points nationwide, and a shared readership of nearly 250 million, theCooperator magazine provides an opportunity for advertising and information dissemination for your institution. The purpose of this mail is to invite SPAU to subscribe to copies of our print magazine(48,000 Ugsh annually). The print copies can be read physically or online through our e-mag platform.For discussion on an advertising package I request that I come and meet you or the person responsible for your marketing so that we tailor a service that gives your value for money.Regards

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namara Philippa , Uganda
2020 May 27

Am a single mum struggling wanna join n need help am in a violent relationship

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Oribi Job , Uganda
2020 Apr 29

I want to join this organization . Work I'm Westnile, Arua

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Oribi Job , Uganda
2020 Apr 29

I want to join this organization . Work I'm Westnile, Arua

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Namitala Moreen , Uganda
2020 Jan 28

Am a single mother of two kids

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Namitala Moreen , Uganda
2020 Jan 28

I want to join this organisation

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Arihoona ireen , Uganda
2020 Jan 25

Thank you for the good work. Here there is a single mother, homeless, she has twins, they all look malnourished. Too tiny, 1 year old but it's unbelievable. How can u help them??

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kato julius , Uganda
2020 Jan 17

PROBLEM STATEMENTThere is a worrying picture of food insecurity in Kasese district. According to Kasese district, production and marketing department annual report(2016),it has been identified that 54.6 of households experience food shortage during one or more season and that, more alarmingly,8.3 of households are food insecure during all four seasons. While most suffer difficulties satisfying their food needs at least once during the day, consumption of meals per day is on sliding scale with extremely poor and severely deprived households consuming only 2.0 meals per day on average.84 o f households do not have sufficient food reserves for the next 2-3 months. There is a low nutrition value in the daily meals consumed in majority of households in Kanyangeya parish (Kanyangeya United Couples Association) Baseline survey ,2018.The consumption of nutrition high foods is low with meat or fish being consumed on average 1.9 times per week Kanyangeya United Couples Association Baseline survey,2017. According to the recent study conducted by FURA November,2014, indicted that Nyamwamba sub-county is among the most affected sub-county having the highest number of children with malnutrition in Kasese district. Equally responses from village health team and local council leaders during the baseline survey conducted by Kanyangeya United Couples Association in 2015,clearly point out that in spite of the efforts undertaken by local leaders and self-help organization in Nyamwamba sub-county to address the above issues, there is still very limited awareness on the benefits of better nutrition practices pointing poultry keeping, kitchen gardening practices and health education among families in Kasese . Thus rendering pregnant mothers, children and their family members susceptible to diseases related nutritional deficiencies in their daily family meals or diets. According to Nyamwamba HC III Anuual performance report, 2015, the number of pregnant mothers currently receiving antenatal and postnatal care and children with poor feeding in Nyamwamba sub-county is at 34. As such, if some nutritional concerns of children and pregnant mothers are not addressed in the households in Nyamwamba sub-county and most parts of Kasese district .like it is stated that because of Poverty, they cant get money to buy other nourishing foods like meat, also Lack of awareness that-Eating mainly starches which are good foods are known for building the body. Many people grow protein foods but because they dont know the value they end up selling them and starve their body, Poor family planning with Interval between one child after the other is short and because this child will be removed or stopped from breastfeeding and taken up by the grandparents for care because they are pregnant. Also having many children which the family cannot afford to maintain or cater for, Beliefs which may be cultural or religious where some people are not allowed to eat certain types of food and which is protein in nature for example chicken, eggs, grasshoppers, fish etc, Diseases of the mother and the child play an important role in causing malnutrition for example. T.B, Cancer, Anemia etc, Drought ,Many crops in Uganda are destroyed by sunshine and this has lead to the shortage of food. Region Insecurity. thats why Kanyangeya United Couples Association thought of training on nutrition and the relevant methods of income generation. So we need your help

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Linda katugume , Uganda
2019 Sep 02

Hi. My name is s Linda and am from Bushenyi district in western Uganda. Am a mother of two and currently pregnant with the third child. I used to leave in south Africa worth my boy friend from july 2013 to 2019 june. And when he found out he sent chewed us away because his new girlfriend was also pregnant. Currently am staying with my sister in Uganda. And she doesn't have enough money to sustain us. So please am begging you if u can find a job for me to start working so that I can take care of my self and the kids and the pregnancy, am now 4 months pregnant. . I will really appreciate. Am a primary teacher by profession. Hope my request will be sincerely considered. Hope to hear from u soon . thanks. Linda. 256701462945

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Ajok hellen Josephine , Uganda
2019 Jul 31

hi am a single parent I have a dream project piggery and paultry keeping. I also want to start farming on large scale. I live in amuru district. am a graduate with no job how can your organization help me achieve my big dream

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Ajok hellen Josephine , Uganda
2019 Jul 31

hi am a single parent I have a dream project piggery and paultry keeping. I also want to start farming on large scale. I live in amuru district. am a graduate with no job how can your organization help me achieve my big dream

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Susan Nambozo , Uganda
2019 Jun 29

I appreciate the kind of work you are doing. Indeed service to humanity is the best way to serve God and to help the marginalised groups of people like single parents. May the Almighty bless all your effortsI am equally a single mother with a five year old son and I am a student of Law at Kampala International University currently in my fourth year. The father of my son has been paying my tuition from the beginning of my law course and taking care of us well but now he has got a new woman in his life and sent us packing out of his house. I kindly request for financial assistance from your organization to enable me complete my education because through my education I will be empowered and also be able to support my son through school Thank youLooking forward to your positive feedback

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Nkoola charles , Uganda
2019 Feb 26

Dear cooperators thanks do much for the work you are doing to improve the living conditions of the poor allover the world.Am from Uganda and happen to work with a cooperative society where we improve the the skills of young men and women and also educate them about the importance of saving for future use. We help them start small micro credit funds to allow them start up small micro businesses however our capital bade is small how well can we be helped do as to meet the demands of our clients.

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Nsekanabo Gorret , Uganda
2018 Dec 19

Hello thanks for the good job iam a single mother but life is difficult for me how may i be helped

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