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.

ASDHI Background

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.

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To see healthy fishing communities, enjoying their rights, and investing in their future


To improve the health and livelihoods of vulnerable children and their families living in fishing communities through leveraging individual capacities and community resources


Can-do attitude
Community contribution
Social Justice


  • 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.

Our Impact


  • 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

Economic empowerment

  • 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”

Reach out to us


Liaison Office
Plot 1846 Bukoto-Kisaasi Road
Bukoto, Kampala.

Field Office
Ssenyi Fish Landing Site, Ssi-Bukunja, Buikwe District

Post Address
P O Box 860 Mukono, Uganda.


+256 75 984 3071
+256 77 284 3071

Email Address

Business Hours

Monday/Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm