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AFRICA SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH INITIATIVES

Company Profile

Company :AFRICA SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH INITIATIVES
City :Mukono, Buikwe Ssenyi landing site
Country :
Uganda
Industries :
Social, public and human services
Website : https://asdhi.org.ug/

Company Description

Established in 2005, Africa Social Development and Health Initiatives (ASDHI) is a community-led organization founded by people from the fishing communities in Uganda.  The formation was inspired by the need to tackle AIDS problem, which was affecting the community and families of the founders.  The founders wanted to honor and emulate the late Sr. Olive Digan’s commitment to community service and social change. Sr. Olive was an Irish Franciscan Missionary Sister who dedicated her life to serving prisoners, the sick, and the poor in Uganda and other African countries. Her work restored hope, human dignity and promoted integral development and social justice among prisoners, the poor and disadvantaged.

At the time, the founders were working with HIV and health service organizations targeting urban and peri-urban communities, leaving the fishing communities where they were born and raised underserved. To honor and celebrate Sr. Olive’s life and address the lack of health and social services, they formed ASDHI.

ASDHI’s initial activities were implemented in the fishing communities of Ssi-Bukunja sub-county in Buikwe district. The focus then was on mobilizing and educating communities about HIV/AIDS and referring them for treatment and psychosocial support services. As time passed by, we realized that AIDS is inextricably linked to lack of education, limited income generation opportunities; lack of saving, investment, and profitable market opportunities, environmental degradation, and lack of family planning, maternal, and child health services.

ASDHI currently implements holistic and integrated community development activities targeting families with vulnerable and orphaned children in fishing and rural communities in Buikwe, Mpigi and Mubende districts.