2015/2016 ECAAIR conducted 4 peace educational and awareness raising activities in 30 communities in Uganda and 1 public event (celebratedthrough music, dance, poetry and public speaking) on 21st September with a participation of over 500 people participated and with the participation of the government of Uganda. 5 community organisations were involved in the events as well. In addition ECAAIR launched a community media (radio, TV and social media) outreach campaign. Media outlet included the NTV (National Television Network) television, UBC (Uganda Broadcasting Corporation) radio and television and the Catholic Radio reaching out to over 100,000 people.
During community peace event in Kampala, Uganda
Human Rights and Health Education
In Uganda, ECAAIR is involved in advocating for the protection of indigenous minority rights particularly for the Batwa(pygmy) communities. In East and Central African countries there is increasing need to advocate for the rights of vulnerable groups like the Batwa who have been displaced from their ancestral land in the forests without clear programs for resettlement, community integration and adaptation. This has exposed them to challenges like; landlessness and unfair evictions, lack of political representation, high rates of HIV/AIDS infection, loss of cultural heritage and values, extreme poverty, disease outbreaks, social discrimination, drug abuse, illiteracy and exploitation. Because of these challenges ECAAIR has been actively involved in advocating for the rights of pygmy people through empowering the community, Batwa leaders, Community Based Organizations and local leaders with skills and tools for protection of minority rights and skills to create livelihoods for survival. This has been done through information sessions, capacity building programs, and advocacy campaigns.2015/2016ECAAIR conducted 8 human rights education sessions each taking 3 days in 8 communities with 180 community participants.
ECAAIR facilitator leading a community training in the Batwa (pygmy) community
Our health education is designed to help individuals and communities in the regions where we work to improve their health, by increasing their knowledge and changing their attitudes. Our health education includes environmental, psychological and physical to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death through education-driven voluntary behavior change activities. In the 2015/2016, 12 health workshops (each for 3 days) have carried in 10 schools and 30 communities with 420 people participating including medical professionals, teachers in schools and community leaders.
During a health session facilitated by ECAAIR staff and community health workers