Be the change you desire to see
ASDHI would like to see children, women and youth in hard-to-reach and underserved communities realizing their full potential.
Established in 2005, Africa Social Development and Health Initiatives (ASDHI) is a community-led organization founded by people from the fishing communities in Uganda. The formation was inspired by the need to tackle AIDS problem, which was affecting the community and families of the founders. The founders wanted to honor and emulate the late Sr. Olive Digan’s commitment to community service and social change. Sr. Olive was an Irish Franciscan Missionary Sister who dedicated her life to serving prisoners, the sick, and the poor in Uganda and other African countries. Her work restored hope, human dignity and promoted integral development and social justice among prisoners, the poor and disadvantaged.Read more
- Increase access to, demand for and utilization of quality HIV and AIDS services among fishing communities
- Scale up access to and utilization of good hygiene and sanitation interventions in fishing communities
- To empower households in fishing communities to engage in activities that sustainably improve their livelihoods security, conserve and protect the environment.
- Empower families in fishing communities to prevent sexual and gender-based violence, protect children’s rights, and access to legal services.
- 150,000 people enabled to test for HIV
- 3746 HIV positive clients linked to care
- Over 1 million male condoms distributed
- 40,321 female condoms distributed
- 91 girls and boys provided with education support
- 214 teachers’ capacity built through refresher trainings
- 71 schools supported with reading activities/materials
- 808 orphans and vulnerable children households linked to financial assistance
- 4,485 reached through Village Savings and Loans Associations
- 25 youth provided with vocational skilling opportunities
ASDHI’s Best Practices
Community Driven Approach to Service delivery
ASDHI employs a community driven approach to the implementation of its projects.
Utilize partnerships to extend services
ASDHI as an organization cannot solely meet the demand for all services required in the fishing and rural communities in its catchment areas.
Empowering vulnerable households
ASDHI activities seeks to empower families to sustainably solve their problems, foster shared problem solving through leveraging on their individual and community resources
“Mobilizing and educating communities about HIV/AIDS and referring them for treatment and psycho-social support services”