How We're Funded
RuWCED relies on the generosity of supporters and donors.
HIFA2015- Supporting organisation
Member of TrustLaw Connect
Tri-Package Sponsorship Program
We provide educational sponsorships, reproductive health education, and livestock to vulnerable rural girls, so as to enable them access to education in a sustainable way.
Mobile Reproductive Health Education Program
In this program, we offer lectures on sex education and menstrual hygiene for girls entering puberty in rural primary schools. We also offer lectures on teenage pregnancy and HPV to rural girls in secondary school.
Interest-Free Micro Loans
We provide interest-free micro health loans to widows and young female orphans who are in need of critical medical attention. These women and girls may require funding for needs such as transportation from the village to the therapy center for access to anti-retroviral, skilled medical examinations for terminal pregnancies, family planning for widows so as to prevent more births, and treatment of critical infections among children of widows or female heads of households.
HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections are a global public health concern, but the weight remains heavier on rural poor communities. Women in these areas are often too far to be reached with anti-retroviral, too poor to access therapy centers, or too shy to take the bold step for their treatment due to the stigma attached to being HIV-positive.
If a woman is told not to breastfeed her baby, the community immediately interprets this as a signal that she is HIV/AIDS-positive. The presence of a woman or a youth around the HIV/AIDS therapy center results in finger-pointing and more stigmas about the infection among the community. In the same light, if a sick husband were to be seen in the so-called “AIDS ward” (imaginative, not official) of a health facility and later dies, his widow is also tagged as HIV/AIDS-positive, and her life in the community becomes stigmatized.
These realities and more are what we encounter in our day-to-day interactions with rural women and girls. To curb these problems, we offer assistance to women living with HIV/AIDS through outreach, sensitization, counseling, transportation assistance, and campaigns to de-stigmatize those living with HIV/AIDS.