LIRUBO was started by eight members spearheaded by Andrew Muyingo. We started it to improve on the health education and vulnerability of orphans and vulnerable children in Mubende district. The members wanted to improve the education levels of community members of Bulera/Kassanda sub- counties in Mubende district through assisting the vulnerable children.
The first project we undertook was rural based HIV/AIDS prevention, home based care and support in Bulera and Kassanda sub-county. This was funded by AIM/USAID in which over 150 children benefited in education assistance, 100 HIV/AIDS people benefited from home based care and 2,500 people sensitized in HIV/AIDS prevention.
The first notable change was building capacity of members in terms of skills. Also recognizing that our organisation is beneficial to the community members and thus gaining community co-operation.
We are currently coordinating health programmes related with nutrition, child survival, family planning. These are being funded by Studies for Family Health in Bulera sub-county and Mityana Town Council. We are promoting vocational training skills to youth in Mubende district in Kalwala sub-county.
We have managed to gain community co-operation including politicians. We are happy to have sustainably run the organisation for over 11 years while successfully implementing some projects. We have also managed to build capacity of our staff members.
Fundraising for the organisation has been the most challenging point. It is hard to get sustainable funding for our beneficiary communities.
We thank USAID and Research Triangle Institute for extending funding to us. We also thank the district local governments of Mityana and Mubende for working with us in harmony.
We welcome development partners who may wish to work with us in areas of health, HIV/AIDS and OVCs by building our capacity at the local levels.