I am pleased to welcome you to our online platform of the web. 2016 has been our first year of implementing our Strategic Plan (2016-2021). It was a challenging year in terms of raising funds for the planned interventions, but we demonstrated resilience by strengthening the organization through new partnerships and improving our internal management controls.
In line with our Strategic Plan (2016-2021), our interventions focused on contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Uganda Vision 2040, the Youth manifesto drafted by Open Space in collaboration with Action Aid and other national and international objectives. Thus, we strengthened advocacy of working more through coalitions and partnerships with other development partners and civil society to strategically engage duty bearers and private service providers in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). As such, we have established working relationships with Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA), TASO, RHU, MBADINASO, SWENASO, DHO, DHI and many others to refocus youth HIV interventions through mentorship and support of Mbarara Action Group of Young People Living with HIV (MAGPLHIV) and plans are underway to promote girl child education through menstrual hygiene in schools
In community outreach program, our key emphasis was on strengthening our presence in Mbarara District in the western region. In the process, we created new partnerships with community-based organizations, local government authorities, development partners, and other community stakeholders like opinion leaders, religious leaders, Village Entrepreneurship Committees (VECS), Community resource persons and Village Health Teams in the coordination of various activities.
Equally important was our role in promoting new models of community engagement around the development of Village Entrepreneurship Clubs and Climate Smart Agriculture to find solutions to food and income security challenges and to build a foundation for improved livelihoods and a sustainable environmental management system.
Over the next years, we will focus on building on these successes and tackling the pending challenges, particularlyin raising funding for planned interventions as well as in expanding our advocacy networks and working more strategically with duty bearers and community stakeholders.
My special thanks go to our members,well-wishers, donors and civil society partners for making it a positive year for FAHD through financial and moral support.We look forward to your continued support through 2016/2017.