Mukono Multi-purpose Youth Organisation was formed on the belief that the youth are the leaders of the future generation. If nurtured well, they can become useful and productive members of the society and, if they are united, they can generate and share useful knowledge, skills and ideas for community and national development. Since it was formed a lot has been realized in line with the organization goal and objectives including:
- The members have been able to acquire useful knowledge and skills through awareness raising, workshops, seminars, exchange visits and study tours. Many members have exhibited whatever knowledge, skills and achievements gained to enable the other members of the community learn from them.
- Some members, through MUMYO initiatives, have had training opportunities with other NGOs including strategic planning and thinking, change agent training, training of community health counsellors, community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and other trainings extended to the community.
- In collaboration with the Community Development Office, the organization was able to setup a number of adult literacy centres, in Nabbale and Kasawo sub-counties in Mukono District. The Assistant Community Development Officer Nabbale, Mrs. Gertrude Ssali is appreciated for the material and moral support given to strengthen this porgramme.
- Acquisition of three-acre piece of land at Wabikokoma near Naggalama where construction of training centre is taking place.
- MUMYO is among the few African NGOs in consultative relations with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. MUMYO was granted a special consultative status by ECOSOC in May 2000. ECOSOC is one of the six principle organs that were established by the United Nations Charter to co-ordinate the economic and social affairs of the United Nations.
Community Health AIDS Initiative Project
MUMYO is one of the organizations in Mukono district that participated in the mobilization and sensitization of communities about Community Health AIDS Initiative (CHAI), a project of the Uganda Ministry of Health. Under this project, the community members affected and affected by HIV/AIDS can access support from Uganda AIDS Control Programme based on the priority needs identified and agreed upon by the members of the beneficiary communities.
In 2002, MUMYO successfully mobilized and facilitated over 150 people in Naggalama parish infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to benefit from the CHAI Project. Using the participatory methods, the community members were able to discuss their living conditions, to identify the problems and effects of HIV/AIDS in their community and possible solutions to the problems.
In their action plan, they decided to form a community-based group, in the above names, and elected a seven-member committee to manage the project activities. 183 community members will benefit from the project including 168 orphans to be assisted in their education with scholastic materials, school uniforms and books, and 15 people living with AIDS, to be assisted with food and other supplies as well as home based care and counseling
Training PLWAs in Entrepreneurial Skills
In 2003, MUMYO organized and facilitated two training workshops, in Kasawo and Nakisunga sub-counties, Mukono District, for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) to acquire skills in entrepreneurship to improve their quality of life through increased household incomes. The workshops were held at Kabimbiri Trading Centre in Kasawo sub-county and Nakisunga Primary school in Nakisunga sub-county on 23rd March and 19th October 2003 respectively. The participants were able to discuss the opportunities available for income generation, the challenges and the possible solutions. However, they requested for more workshops and assistance in the form of small loan (seed capital) to support their income generating initiatives.
Every year, a number of orphan days are organized to enable the orphans and other vulnerable children to come together to share their experiences with the organization and fellow children and to be sensitized on various issues including human rights, HIV/AIDS, education and environment. This day is held quarterly every year and, on each day, children are served with meals. Children also participate in games and sports to improve their physical fitness and, at the end of the day, children are given (prizes for winner) and other presents from volunteer
Capacity Building Activities
Members and staff have been to attend a number of training programs including but not limited to:
- Training of NGOs in Statistics and Data management – organized by the Development Network of indigenous voluntary Associations (DENIVA) with the aim of equipping participants with skills in management. One staff member attended.
- Home Based Care for Community Based volunteers training– organized by MILDMAY, aimed at equipping community based volunteers with palliation care skills. Two staff members attended
- WASH Training of Trainers– organized by USAID/HIP/PLAN and Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET), with the major theme of integrating WASH into Home Based Care (HBC). The trainees learnt the effects of WASH on health, the importance of WASH to People Living with HIV/AIDS and the role of HBC providers.