Proceeds from the Brighter Futures Bike Rally and BBQ will provide job skills and better nutrition to young women living at the Home of Hope in northern Uganda.
In the Northern Uganda city of Lira, orphaned or homeless young women are vulnerable to violence and sexual exploitation. With proceeds from the 2016 and 2017 Brighter Futures Bike Rallies, we helped CAPAIDS Uganda expand the Home of Hope from a training centre to a safe shelter for young women who want to escape the streets and start a new life. Twelve young women (and two of their children) took up transitional residence at the Home of Hope in April of this year. They are now enjoying a safe and fun place to live, gaining access to health care, and learning important life skills. The local community is lending a hand, helping with food, child care, and guidance.
With funds raised by the 2018 Bike Rally and Banquet, CAP AIDS Uganda will develop a job skills training program at the Home of Hope so that residents can earn a living and transition to independent living. Proceeds will purchase sewing machines, gardening equipment, and other training resources to ensure the residents gain marketable job skills. We will also help the Home establish a large vegetable garden on site to improve nutrition throughout their stay.
This project is supported by the CAP AIDS community of the Canada Africa Partnership (CAP) Network and is implemented by our partner CAPAIDS-Uganda, a registered NGO in Uganda.