Who we are
Supporting women and girls in Africa to thrive independently through a transformative and holistic approach to health, education and livelihoods
“As a family, we will never forget your generosity. My future is now guaranteed and I will forever be grateful”.
Fedelise, a recipient of Act4Africa support in Mayuge, Uganda.
Women and girls in Africa face huge barriers to living healthy, safe and fulfilling lives. Our work is focussed in East Africa, where the vast majority of women and girls drop out of school early and are at risk of early marriage and extreme poverty. As a result, they are often vulnerable to abuse and HIV-infection, with no way out.
We work to create opportunity and support for women from within their communities, enabling them to advocate for their own health and well-being, and educating those around them of their rights and needs.
Since we began in 2000, we have supported women, girls and their children to access health services, education, and sustainable livelihoods.
- provided almost 2 million people with HIV/AIDS and sexual health awareness training;
- tested over 73,000 people for HIV and other STIs;
- enabled around 600 women and girls to set up their own business enterprises;
- welcomed over 200 young women into our savings and enterprise groups;
- opened Kathy’s Centre, a multi-functional community health and education centre in south-eastern Uganda.
Our Current Work
In response to the current pandemic, as an emergency and temporary measure to protect our workers and the community, we have closed our normal operations. Instead, during this pandemic we are focusing on educating the community and supplying local health workers with the needed PPE.
We are also planning for the future, when we will be building on the work of the last two decades and launching new plans to create long-term support for women and girls once it is safe to do so. Please support us as we seek to create a better outlook for some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.