Project information

Overcoming poverty and stigma in East Africa

Advantage Africa will help vulnerable people affected by poverty, disability and HIV to improve and sustain their education, health and incomes.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information

Advantage Africa

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  • Need


    The poorest and most disadvantaged people in Africa are often disabled or affected by HIV & AIDS. For example, less than 10% of disabled children access education or rehabilitation and up to 80% of disabled children die before their fifth birthday. HIV & AIDS still causes families in Africa to suffer to sickness, poverty and lack of opportunity. The majority of affected families struggle access to access services such as antiretrovirals or home-based care needed to improve their lives.


    Advantage Africa will support the ideas and plans of grass roots community groups in Kenya and Uganda so that they can run activities that:
    (1) reduce the spread and impact of HIV and support orphans and people living with AIDS to access home-based care, ARVs, education and income generating opportunities.
    (2) challenge stigma and create opportunities for disabled people, including those with albinism, for education, work, rehabilitation, home-based care and protection from skin cancer.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the lives of 1000 people disadvantaged by poverty and disability, including albinism.


    » Vital education, welfare and rehabilitation services for children and adults affected by disability, including albinism.

    Success will be achieved when there is significant positive change in the lives of 1,000 people affected by poverty and disability.

    Aim 2

    To improve the lives of 4000 people disadvantaged by poverty and HIV.


    » Vital prevention, income generation, education, health, water, home-based care and orphans' nutrition services for people affected by HIV.

    Success will be achieved when there is significant positive change in the lives of 4,000 people affected by poverty and HIV.

    Aim 3

    Assist our 8 partner organisations to become more effective and empower local people in development.


    » We will provide mentoring, technical and management support to our partners through our two Programme Managers and a dynamic training workshop.

    Success will be achieved when our partner organisations in Africa demonstrate improved skills and capacity to manage life-changing development projects in their communities.

  • Impact


    The project will bring lasting change to the beneficiaries lives through improved access to health, nutrition, rehabilitation, education and income-generating activities.

    We will demonstrate their success through reports from our project partners in Africa against agreed objectives, and case studies of transformed lives.


    Risks include insufficient funding and insecurity in our project locations. Advantage Africa’s trustees review our organisational risk register at their quarterly meetings to advise on measures to reduce these risks. This might, for example, mean intensified fundraising activity to ensure adequate resources for the project.


    We will report to donors via newsletters, on email and in the post that highlight the successes and challenges of our work in Africa. We welcome personal and more regular contact with donors who support the project through a significant partnership with Advantage Africa.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £140,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Disabled children's education Supporting four special school units so 160 disabled children receive a basic education
      £20,000 Rehabilitation services Providing welfare and rehabilitation services for up to 2000 people with disabilities or albinism
      £15,000 Prevention education and VCT Providing HIV prevention education, counselling and testing services
      £25,000 Health and home-based care Improve health through malaria prevention, and home based care to families affected by HIV
      £8,000 Orphan care Educational and welfare support to 100 orphaned children
      £28,000 Single parent families Enabling 200 families to access adequate healthcare and start income generating activities
      £34,000 Capacity building Building the skills of 6 community organisations through mentoring, implementing and training

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Charitable trust supporting disability work in Kenya during 2017 £5,000 Guaranteed
    Charitable trust supporting albinism work in Uganda during 2017 £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project includes activities in eastern Kenya and southern Uganda. The locations involved lack basic services and have rates of HIV prevalence as high as 30%. The majority of people rely on subsistence farming for survival and some of the areas are prone to regular droughts and food insecurity.


    This project will benefit some of the poorest people in Africa including widows, people living with HIV, albinism and long term disabilities, vulnerable children and orphans.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Advantage Africa has been implementing similar development projects in partnership with community-based organisations in Kenya and Uganda since 2002. We have demonstrated how our support can help vulnerable groups of people to improve their lives. Our strong, genuine partnerships with local organisations provide a foundation for carrying out the project and ensuring its success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jane Betts

    Jane is Advantage Africa's Uganda Programme Manager and will support our partners there in activities including HIV services and orphan care.

    Rob Aley

    Rob is Advantage Africa's Kenya Programme Manager and will support our partners there in activities including education and disability awareness.

    Paul Lwanga

    Paul Lwanga is founder and Director of the Single Parents Association of Uganda and will manage HIV-related activities among single parent families.

    Agnes Musembi

    Agnes Musembi is founder and co-ordinator of the Kibwezi Disabled Peoples Organisation in Eastern Kenya, and will manage the disability work there.


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Advantage Africa's support has given me hope for a colourful future ... now I want to help bring other needy people back to life.

Pauline, a disabled woman in Kenya.