The living conditions of the people in the vicinity of the Bushulo Mother and Child Clinic are challenging. Malnutrition, lack of access to drinking water and restricted access to school and education for children and adolescents are just a few examples. The activities of this program aim therefore to improve the situation of the people, especially girls and women, in the Bushulo community and to enable them step by step to become economically and socially independent.
The Bushulo Community Outreach Program is a significant and ongoing addition to the quality health care provided to the community by the Bushulo Mother and Child Specialty Centre. This project will establish a community centre with a vegetable garden for educational purposes, a library, an IT room and classrooms for youth and children, as well as a bakery and a community shop. Within the infrastructure of these facilities, women and girls are trained and empowered to earn an additional income. In addition, the project, in cooperation with other programs, gives young people access to vocational training and on-the-job training. Furthermore, girls and women are given access to micro-loans through the establishment of SILC groups (Saving and Internal Lending Communities). This is the only way to make women and girls more economically and socially independent in the long term.
Networking with other organisations. The project is closely networked with the ABCD program (Family and Community Empowering). Another important partner for this project is Helvetas with its "UP Woman" program.