The camps aim at equipping the young people with skills and knowledge to discover their potential, make health informed decisions and position themselves in this social economic competitive world.
The project focuses on strengthening reproductive health, entrepreneurship, vocational skilling, meaningful youth participation, and building strategic partnerships for advocacy among Adolescent girls and young women ages 12-24.
The campaign cuts across all HeDCO’s projects. It aims at strengthening young people’s confidence in their abilities, keeping safe and focusing on their future aspirations with positive values that will lead them to be agents of change in their communities.
ealth plus Development Communications (HeDCO) is a Non-Governmental Organization that was founded in 2012. HeDCO envisions a society where young people are nurtured and supported to become responsible adults who are economically, socially and psychological empowered to take control of their lives and to serve their communities and country at large.
HeDCO aims at increasing access to quality information and services by young people to enable them make healthy choices. This is achieved through provision of current and relevant information, training of young people as agents of change, referral for services, community mobilization and sensitization, strategic partnerships and advocacy for development, review and implementation of policies and bi- laws on health and development. Currently, HeDCO is reaching out to young people in schools and communities of Eastern (Busoga) and the central regions of Uganda.
“HeDCO believes that, all young people, those who are sexually active and those who are not- have a need for, and a right to, accurate, relevant and positive information about sexuality”
Every 10 years, there is a new generation born. The new technology, urbanization, change of environment, parents having less time for their children, exposes challenges to young people as they grow up. Many times they don’t know how to handle such challenges which leaves them vulnerable to unwanted and high teenage pregnancies, unsafe abortions, maternal death and disability, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), gender-based violence (GBV), and other related problems. These challenges present young people vulnerable. The Inspire Camps are a week long retreats with a series of well-organized mindful and self – reflect of activities that focus on fundamentals of a healthy mind, body, soul and cultural, social-economic environment around them. The camps aim at equipping the young people with skills and knowledge to discover their potential, make health informed decisions and position themselves in this social economic competitive world. The camps employ a unique intentional programming model that presents unique opportunities for the girls of enduring challenges, discovery and success to develop and move from just living to self-discovery and attaining great potential and confidence in one’s life. The camps are customized to specific settings like schools, specific groups like young people in slum areas, fishing communities and refugees, young women out of school etc. You can donate, partner with us or let your adolescent, school or beneficiaries be part of the inspire camps.
Life skills ministry project is a long term continuous project by HeDCO in partnership with Pennies for Posho Atlanta Georgia. Female literacy is very low in rural villages of Uganda, girls are kept away from school due to lack of school fees and they are married by arrangement in their teenager years. This holds the communities back from many developments such as social and economic improvement. The primary aim of the life skills ministry program is to foster the development of young women and girls out of school to be empowered, resilient, mentored and safe with the ability to realize their full potential. In the life skills ministry project, HeDCO focuses on strengthening sexuality education, entrepreneurship and vocational skilling, meaningful youth participation, and building strategic partnerships for advocacy among Adolescent girls and young women ages 12-24. Currently the project is reaching out to 267 girls and young women in Malangala, Namungo, Tamu, Busimbi, and Central division sub counties in Mityana District. The Project has seen AGYW improve in vocational skills and cascading them to fellow young people, creating of local village level market days for their products and using of social media to market their products.
This is a schools’ based project with the aim of facilitating life skills among young people to be able to discover their potential and are able to position themselves at school, at home and beyond. HeDCO is implementing the SHINE project in over 40 schools in the central and Busoga regions. The project employs the whole school approach and meaningful involvement of the different school stake holders such as students, teachers, the School board of governors, school administrations, Parents Teachers Associations, Support staff and parents, with each stake holder assigned specific roles at all levels of the project cycle. The project promotes life skills education in the schools, strengthens adult – youth partnerships, and Learner centered participatory methodologies. The core objectives for the school health initiatives project include: A young person who is able to identify, critically think, focus and grow a desired career path. A young people with the information and piratical life skills that empower him/her to make health choices and live a holistic life. A school culture that natures the holistic development of its students. HeDCO up scales the SHINE project to more school both primary and secondary. If you want your school to benefit from the SHINE project kindly get in touch with us.