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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3 Comments

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mukiisa
2019-09-12

Greetings to you all,thank you for your great for helping and starting with single parents. My main aim I would like to visit you to your offices and explain to you,how I can stand with you helping me as single mom,am stressed,jobless and really need your help in field of employment or start up any project that will help me.thank you so much.

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Kimbowa tonny
2019-09-12

We really appreciate you the services and all beneficiaries that are coming from spau to us mainly in mpigi district in kituntu sub county serubona village. Through the spau coodinators Mr Alex and Mr Paul who provided projects to our people like piggery projects, rearing goats.poultry and a water pump project to our community for good drinking water from the beneath and also sensetizing people in different aspects of life by bringing professionals in different fields thus we promise you that with your help our lives are going to Change ..May the Almighty reward you abundantly

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Linda katugume
2019-09-02

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
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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