One Village At a Time (OVAAT) youth programming is driven by a stubborn insistence that tomorrow’s world must be better than today’s, which is why our work with youth is so central to who we are. With more than half of the world’s population under 30 years of age, it is critical that we empower young people as tomorrow’s leaders. We see youth as both beneficiaries and stakeholders, and we create economic opportunities for young people to drive meaningful change around the world. We are in Uganda where we promote inclusive, cost-effective agriculture opportunities for young people, especially girls, driven by market demand. And we are in, raising the standards of higher education. Because we believe that all young people — without exception — have the right to lead productive, engaged, and healthy lives.
Our goal is to empower girls and boys by unlocking their potential through education, life-skills, and livelihood opportunities. This enables them to fight unwanted social pressures and build healthier futures for themselves.
Our main projects here include:
- Youth Resource Centre.
It provides services ranging from in-school health education lessons to individual patient referrals for specialized adolescent sexual and reproductive health services.
We create and provide safe spaces for girls aged 11-21, especially those who have dropped out of school and might be at risk of getting pregnant at a young age. Our clubs offer spaces where girls can read, sing, dance, play games and socialize with their friends within walking distance of their homes. In every club, one girl is trained as a mentor to teach the others about health and nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, family planning, life skills, and financial literacy.
- Adolescent Clinic:
Adolescent Clinic commits to enhancing the quality of teens' lives by improving adolescent health with dedicated service to our community through outstanding clinical care, and innovative research in the field of adolescent health.
We provide comprehensive primary care to teens in the region with services including sports physicals, mental health (depression, anxiety, and referral to therapy), reproductive (contraception and STD care), and routine primary care. We strive to provide quality, non-judgmental care for ages 11-21 regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual identity or orientation. We also offer confidential care to adolescents as recommended by national pediatric and adolescent medical societies.
- Menstrual Health Programing;
In 2015, Government together with its partners signed a charter committing to promote menstrual Health management. In the same year, the Ministry of Education and Sports issued out a circular to all districts, schools and institutions of learning highlighting guidelines on Menstrual Health management(MHM). The Education and Sports Sector has also conducted capacity building programs of senior women and men teachers on MHM. Government of Uganda in the Second National Development Plan (2016/17- 2019/20) committed to support MHM including supply of sanitary towels among girls in primary and secondary schools.
It is against this background that OVAAT has come up with a campaign Keep a Girl in School to support the Ministry of Education and Sports in the key functions of advocacy, coordination and resource mobilization for MHM in schools.
Menstrual Health Management (MHM) is a big agenda of the One village at a Time-Uganda Chapter. Our initiatives aim at implementing interventions that will enable knowledge dissemination and to improve access to hygienic sanitation facilities and menstrual supplies for the continuous improvement of MHM both at community and school level.
In Partnership with Kamuli Hospital, OVAAT promotes fistula awareness and prevention through community outreaches and brings women for surgery to heal their injury. Fistula has been found to be a big challenge to adolescent’s girls and young women in Busoga region