The organization’s programs and activities are aimed at promoting sustainable livelihoods among the disadvantaged young men and women through;
- Healthcare promotion among the youth at risk, and
- Socio-economic empowerment.
Education and Skills Training
Education is an indispensable prerequisite for the promotion of sustainable and fair development, as set out in Agenda 21 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 1992. Education is a fundamental right, it is a key to sustainable development, peace and stability and an indispensable means for effective participation of people in social and economic development. The organization aims to promote increased access to education and employment opportunities among the underprivileged youth and children, especially in the rural areas by
- Providing support for specific interventions in the education sector, such as, student sponsorship programs for children without means to finance their education.
- Supporting adult and non-formal education programmes for school dropouts and adults at lower level of education to be able to play active roles in their families, communities and the nation at large.
- Promoting and supporting vocational education so as to prepare a solid and skillful human resource for national development.
- Supporting girls’ education programmes aimed at boosting the enrollment, retention and performance of girls in schools
Health is a fundamental human right and a social goal worldwide. The young people need to be provided with an environment with minimum health risks and to get access to health care services that are sensitive and relevant to their particular ranging health and development needs. MUMYO‘s health related activities include:
- Creation of awareness of the preventable and communicable diseases, especially those affecting young people.
- Fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS/STDs among the youth and adults and providing information and counseling services against the endemic.
- Advocating for improvement and extension of health services including immunization among children, safe water supply, malaria prevention and control, hygiene and environmental sanitation.
Socio- Economic Empowerment
The young men and women are vital in the sustainable development of the communities they live in. However, their efforts have underscored numerous obstacles to their active participation including poverty and its consequences, cultural norms and constraints, youth in crisis, such as, drug addiction, family violence and psychological problems as a result of environmental resources, and social strifes.
Experience shows that their particulars needs have been neglected by the political leaders, giving path to uncertainties regarding their future. With the slow growth in the informal sector many youth are absorbed in the urban informal sector, and it is estimated that the informal sector in Uganda employs about 87 per cent of the total non-farm economically active population. There is need to target the youth in rural development efforts to stay as rural development partners rather than resorting to rural-urban migration.