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.5914/2980. SPAU was set up to primarily provide a safety net for the poorest of the poor single parent families to develop a sufficient income to meet their basic needs. SPAU assessments since 2004 have identified communities in Uganda where almost half of all families are headed by single parents, usually women. Of this number, at least 50% are widows whose husbands have died of AIDS-related illnesses. Statistics from the 2008 Uganda ‘Poverty Eradication Action Plan’ also showed that households headed by widows, or women married to absent husbands, were consistently poorer than others and that single parent families were among the most disadvantaged in Uganda. Since its inception in December 1999, SPAU has brought hundreds of single parents into community-based support groups to offer each other mutual support. It is also through these groups that SPAU has developed various micro-business programmes for single parents, which provide empowerment to enable the single parents meet their own basic needs and those of their households. SPAU implements HIV/AIDS support programmes alongside income generating projects. SPAU has also initiated and encouraged community-led responses to provide care and support for orphans and vulnerable children within local communities.

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Ajok hellen Josephine
2019-07-31

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
2019-07-31

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
2019-06-29

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 efforts I 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 you Looking forward to your positive feedback

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R S RAMASAMY
2019-05-20

Greetings from VOCRDC, Vadipatty, Madurai-district, India VOC Rural Development Centre- VOCRDC is a registered, non-profit voluntary organization working for the welfare and development of the dalits and weaker sections of society in the 4-districts of Madurai, Pudukkottai Cuddalore and Dindigul districts of Tamil Nadu, India since its inception. Our target groups are: Below Poverty Line and Disadvantaged Women and Children, dropout youth and orphaned and semi-orphaned children, differently abled, in Vadipatty and Alanganallur Blocks of Madurai District.Tamilnadu, India We are primarily concentrating on the Eradication of relief of poverty, hunger through sustainable livelihood and Women Economic Empowerment, in our target area. We happened to browse your website and understand that your priority areas fall in our present work. We would like to become your partners by implementing some of the project which are in line with ours. We will be very grateful if you could kindly send us your guidelines/ application formats so as to enable us to submit our project proposal for which kind of act, we shall remain grateful to you. With kind regards,

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Nkoola charles
2019-02-26

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
2018-12-19

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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