OWFA was founded in 2002 by mainly African immigrants, as a result of their personal experiences and shared challenges that they faced in trying to settle and integrate into the UK and the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in their home countries of origin. Our Uganda, work was started mainly as a response to issues around orphans and vulnerable children as a result of the impact of HIV/AIDS and the high mortality rates.
In UK, initially the main focus was empowering people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, so that they can more effectively compete in the employment market through volunteering and work placements. At the moment, through volunteering and work placements, we continue enabling the unemployed more effectively compete in the employment market. However, we also now have an excellent track record, in East London, around work with unemployed young people. We work with over 600 young people a year.
In Uganda, we aim to improve the quality of life of widows, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), people with disabilities and their caregivers. Our range of activities includes, in an integrated way, increasing access to HIV Counselling and Testing as a gate way to HIV related services, Home Based Care programmes targeting the bed ridden people with disabilities, OVC support, Economic Strengthening and advocacy work to address the root causes of poverty.