Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2008 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Details for Mechanism ID: 7308
Country/Region: Uganda
Year: 2008
Main Partner: Straight Talk Foundation
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: Unknown
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $350,000

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Abstinence/Be Faithful (HVAB): $350,000

As people return to their homes and re-build their lives in a post-conflict era and setting, natural resources,

especially access and rights to land and wildlife species, play a key role in maintaining the hard fought

peace, and contributes directly to improved health status. The new USAID/Uganda activity in northern

Uganda will support a core set of activities in the areas of biodiversity conservation and environment;

property rights and resource governance; environmental education and communication; and natural

resource management/economic opportunities The project will include a component on environmental

education in the schools and communities of three specific biodiverse regions. The objective of this

component is to improve environmental awareness among individuals, communities, CBOs and

Government officials in northern Uganda by addressing the major threats to biodiversity in the area,

primarily resource extraction (timber and bushmeat) and habitat fragmentation.

Schools are also centers of social capital. The Straight Talk Foundation (STF) currently works through

school structures to improve knowledge of HIV acquisition, transmission and prevention by distributing

youth newspapers, sensitizing teachers and supporting school HIV/AIDS clubs. STF is also an

environmentally conscious organization, with its Tree Talk program . Through the Tree Talk program,

woodlots are grown, teachers, students and communities are educated about the environment and

conservation. Wildlife Clubs of Uganda also works through schools and currently has clubs established in

over 1000 schools in Uganda. The USAID biodiversity project anticipates working with Tree Talk and

Wildlife Clubs of Uganda to implement the environmental education component. USG Uganda will

contribute HIV PEPFAR funds to wrap around this educational component and include HIV education and


Northern Uganda has the country's highest HIV prevalence . As people leave the camps and scatter across

the landscapes, many will occupy areas of high biodiversity assets. As many as 500,000 families will be

deforesting areas to build their homes and to hunt bushmeat for their families. New approaches to HIV are

urgently needed. While there is some fatigue with HIV messages, environmental education is new and

exciting. Tree Talk's experience is that schools mobilize more around trees than they do around HIV. The

USG team sees an opportunity to create a win-win scenario to reinvigorate HIV education and prevention by

using the channel of tree growing to conserve biodiversity.

The biodiversity project will support 600 educational institutions, including primary and secondary schools,

across the districts of Adjumani, Gulu/Amuru, Kitgum and Pader to become self-sufficient in fuel and plant

boundaries of indigenous trees. With tree growing as the entry-point, the biodiversity project will reach

120,000 parents a year, work with 74 Straight talk clubs for 37,500 older adolescents and youth,

sensitization of 600 teachers, and develop health fairs for 75,000 out-of-school youth. This activity would

work closely with the NUMAT project that offers other HIV/AIDS services to the internally displaced