Afaayo is a Christian, non-denominational organization devoted to the care of orphaned and vulnerable children in largely unaided rural Uganda. Eastern Africa experiences tremendous number of deaths due to Malaria and the AIDS epidemic. As a consequence, there
are over 2.5 million orphans (UNICEF).
The need in rural villages in particularly great, since the majority of the Ugandan population is from rural villages (UNICEF), and many organizations do not work in villages due to difficulties in accessibility.
Afaayo's approach to the care of orphans differs from some organizations in that they care for orphans within family setting and within their villages as opposed to orphanages. Orphans are typically adopted by relatives, so Afaayo helps with the support of these orphans within their original adoption. Within this family approach to
care, Afaayo additionally supports widows, many of whom care for the orphans supported by Afaayo.
The focus of the organization is on eliminating causes of poverty and disease while providing long-term solutions; therefore, Afaayo places great emphasis on education. In addition to paying for school fees (education is not free in Uganda), Afaayo seeks to provide AIDS and medical education and especially spiritual education through
teaching and equipping people with the Bible.
In an effort to provide long-term solutions, Afaayo will use larger contributions ($277) to provide small business opportunities for the families it supports; thus, reducing the need for continued support. These income generating activities may include the purchase of livestock or the creation of small stores.
Afaayo was started in 2009 by Ivan Kusasira. In sum, the goals of the foundation are:
* Propagate the practical Christian faith
* Managing a resource center for foster care and parenting of
orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children
* Transform the socio-economic status of needy families
* Promote sustainable, community based health care
education and sensitization
* Operate Christian educational centers to promote moral
and academic excellence
* Advocating against child abuse or any form of inhuman
behavior with an aim of inflicting pain