Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2008 2009

Details for Mechanism ID: 1059
Country/Region: Uganda
Year: 2009
Main Partner: Catholic Relief Services
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: FBO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $295,406

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Abstinence/Be Faithful (HVAB): $295,406

Catholic Relief Services' (CRS') "Avoiding Risk, Affirming Life" is a five year PEPFAR funded program

working with a broad range of faith- and community-based partners that share CRS' commitment to equip

youth and young adults with the values, attitudes, skills, and support to abstain from sex prior to marriage,

adopt secondary abstinence, and remain faithful in marriage. The goal of this project is to reduce the

HIV/AIDS prevalence among youth and young adults in Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Through

partnership with faith- and other community-based organizations, this program will continue to mobilize the

Catholic Church at all levels, as well as community-based organizations such as local anti-AIDS clubs,

Mothers and Fathers' union groups and small Christian communities. The multilevel mobilization within the

Catholic Church structure will allow for a national scale-up of effective, local responses to the challenge of

HIV/AIDS prevention. In Uganda the program is implemented primarily in partnership with 6 catholic

Dioceses namely: Gulu, Kampala, and Fort portal, Masaka, Mbarara and Kasana Luwero. The co-

coordinating body in all the 6 dioceses is the HIV Focal Point Office, an establishment of the Uganda

Catholic Secretariat.

In the previous reporting period (Semi annual report FY 08), activities included HIV/AIDS awareness and

education( Music, dance and drama, dissemination of IEC materials, Retreats and sensitization talks): Life

skills workshops using Education for Life and Faithful house curricula ; debates using In charge

methodology; support to youth clubs ; community group discussions using PAPAS methodology; promotion

and referrals for VCT and finally capacity building through trainings to increase skills and knowledge for

those involved in mobilization of communities. The breakdown of key outputs was as follows; Music, dance

and Drama (4,637 Youth reached directly and 46,370 secondary contacts compared to a set target of 4000

direct and 40,000 indirect) Information, Education and Communication materials mainly from Straight Talk

foundation and Youth Empowered And Healthy (YEAH ) campaign were disseminated to 10,772 youth

directly while 107,720 were reached indirectly compared to a target of 30,000 direct and 300,000 indirect

individuals. Retreats were also organized for Anti AIDS club members especially youth reaching out to a

total of 730 individuals directly and 3650 indirectly compared to a set target of 600 direct and 3000 indirect

individuals. Last, were sensitization and awareness talks with Parish priests, pastoral co-coordinators and

other influential members of the church about the Faithful House program with a view of integrating it into

the church structures. A total of 370 people were directly reached with this program as compared to 300

planned. Under Life skills building, Faithful house workshops reached 616 people directly and 3080

indirectly compared to a target of 600 people directly and 3000 indirectly; Education for Life for Youth

activities reached 534 directly and 2670 indirectly compared to a target of 360 people directly and 1800

indirectly; Education for Life adults activity reached 320 directly and 960 indirectly compared to a target of

288 people directly and 864 indirectly. In charge debating sessions for in-school youth reached 1240

directly and 3720 indirectly compared to a target of 750 directly and 2250 indirectly. Finally PAPAS group

discussions for adults reached 744 people directly and 3720 indirectly compared to the target of 300 people

directly and 1500 indirectly.

During FY 2009, the program will continue to build life skills for the youth and adults around HIV prevention

following the key PEPFAR indicators and the 3 key program strategic objectives as will be elaborated

below. The program will reach out to a total of 59220 youth and adults (26,649 males, 32,571 females) with

community outreach prevention activities that promote HIV prevention through Abstinence and Be faithful

behaviors. The program will also reach out to a total of 58,860 youth alone (32,373 females, 26,487males)

with community outreach prevention programs that promote Abstinence alone and finally train a total of 75

people to promote Abstinence and Be faithful behaviors. Looking at a more detailed description following

the program strategic objectives;

Strategic objective 1: The objective aims at reducing the risk of HIV infection among youth and adults

through the practice of Abstinence, secondary Abstinence and fidelity. The key activity under this object will

include promotion of be Faithful behaviors through the Faithful House curriculum for married and cohabiting

couples. A total 12 workshops will be organized targeting 360 people directly and 1800 indirectly. Please

note that beginning FY 2009 all faithful house activities will be funded using CRS private funds. To increase

knowledge and awareness level, the program will continue to disseminate information and educational

materials during all outreach activities such as posters and brochures, all focusing on AB . The IEC

dissemination activity will reach 58,500 youth in schools and out of school both irrespective of whether they

belong to the anti AIDS clubs or not. The youth both in school and those out of school will also be

encouraged to join the already existing 15 Anti-AIDS clubs where they can share, learn and support each

other to practice abstinence and fidelity. In addition to encouraging youth to join clubs, the program will

conduct training in club management for 75 club members. This will ensure effective and efficient running of

anti-AIDS clubs thus contributing to program sustainability at grass root level.

Strategic objective 2: To reduce unhealthy sexual behaviors that increase vulnerability to HIV /AIDS such as

cross generational sex and sexual exploitation of the high risk groups, the program will continue to build

individual life skills for youth especially those in school using In-charge manual.12 In-charge sessions will

reach out to a total of 360 youth through out the year.

Strategic objective 3: Indigenous Faith and Community based organizations effectively lead and participate

in community discourse, challenge social norms, attitudes, values and behaviors contributing towards

HIV/AIDS and implement AB programs. During FY 09, the program will aim at building the capacities of

implementing partners to be able to effectively mobilize communities to implement AB activities which skills

acquired will be carried on even after program completion. This is going to be implemented first through a

series of planning meetings that will involve the following

• Development of the draft sustainability framework defining the functions and roles of the different

stakeholders, the necessary skills that need to be enhanced, the different capacities that need to be

developed and how they are to be developed at the different stages i.e. Program activity level, organization

level, funding level, policy and advocacy level and lastly fundamental competences required. This is an

ongoing activity that commenced in FY 2008 and is to be carried on through FY 2009. Organize a meeting

with the Head of Programming and Country Representative to share and discuss the draft sustainability

framework. This is to be accomplished by October 30th 2008

Activity Narrative: • Organize meeting with the AB diocese partners and representatives from the focal point of the Uganda

Catholic Secretariat to discuss the sustainability plan and how best the focal point can come in to fully

support the partners to continue with the program implementation including putting together a proposal for

joint funding in PEPFAR 2 and other available funding mechanisms. Finally come up with a draft work plan

and budget to role out the capacity building plan within the sustainability framework. This is to be held from

on the Sept 5th, 2008 during the annual diocesan exposure visit.

• Develop a Monitoring and Evaluation plan for monitoring progress on achieving the plan's set objectives.

This is to be accomplished by October 20th 2008

New/Continuing Activity: Continuing Activity

Continuing Activity: 14186

Continued Associated Activity Information

Activity Activity ID USG Agency Prime Partner Mechanism Mechanism ID Mechanism Planned Funds

System ID System ID

14186 4029.08 U.S. Agency for Catholic Relief 6730 1059.08 Affirming Life, $299,000

International Services Avoiding Risk

Development (CRS ABY

Track 1)

8411 4029.07 U.S. Agency for Catholic Relief 4828 1059.07 AB Track 1/ $220,740

International Services Round 2


4029 4029.06 U.S. Agency for Catholic Relief 3180 1059.06 AB Track 1/ $245,599

International Services Round 2


Emphasis Areas


* Addressing male norms and behaviors

Refugees/Internally Displaced Persons

Human Capacity Development

Estimated amount of funding that is planned for Human Capacity Development $67,020

Public Health Evaluation

Food and Nutrition: Policy, Tools, and Service Delivery

Food and Nutrition: Commodities

Economic Strengthening



Table 3.3.02:

Subpartners Total: $163,511
Catholic Church (Various Dioceses): $9,489
Gulu Archdiocese: $9,489
Mbarara Archdiocese: $9,489
Kasana Luwero Diocese: $9,489
Catholic Church (Various Dioceses): $9,489
Catholic Relief Services: $106,577
Fortress for Women: $9,489
Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $67,020
Human Resources for Health $67,020