For providing water, health and sanitation to orphans and vulnerable children
Uganda Women’s Efforts to Save Children (UWESO) is chosen for its outstanding work with orphans and vulnerable children. The organisation was established in 1986 to respond to the needs of the children orphaned by the civil strife in the early 1980s and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Over the years, the organization has evolved into a broad based child rights organization. More than 2,000 people have directly benefited from its water, health and sanitation services, while a further 1,000 directly receive financial support through Village Savings and Loans Associations and business skills management training. As a result of the project, the vulnerable children, especially girls, no longer have to walk long distances to fetch water which greatly saves time for studies and rest. Another achievement has been the empowerment of communities, especially women.