We are not your typical NGO story. When we started we had no idea our story would lead to where it has today. We set up in 1994 primarily to provide mental health and pyscho-social support services to refugee and post conflict communities. While working in these communities we made a powerful realization, we learnt that mental health issues were not just related to conflict. HIV/AIDS, child abuse, domestic violence, and poverty were causing significant emotional and mental scars in communities across Uganda making them vulnerable.
We saw an opportunity to cater to the needs of these not just via traditional programs but from a mental health and psycho-social support perspective and this is how our holistic approach was developed. We believe mental health interventions are an integral part of building healthy, happy and sustainable communities.
Strategic Objective 1:
To improve the wellbeing and social functioning of persons affected by poor mental health and psychological distress in communities supported by TPO Uganda.
Strategic Objective 2:
To ensure that children and women in communities supported by TPO Uganda are able to thrive in environments which are safe and which promote their rights and responsibilities.
Strategic Objective 3:
To improve the socioeconomic wellbeing of households targeted by TPO Uganda so that they are able to provide the essential needs of their families.
Strategic Objective 4:
To reduce vulnerability and provide humanitarian assistance to communities affected by natural and man-made disasters, supporting families and communities to cope better and reduce risks of exposure to further harm.
Strategic Objective 5:
To strengthen TPO organizational capacity to grow and consolidate its niche and to deliver quality services in the region.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that:
If we support families to identify opportunities that can improve their household incomes and livelihoods;
And work with community leadership to adopt peaceful conflict resolution methods and eliminate any harmful practices particularly against women and children;
And empower households to be able to sustainably manage the environment whilst mitigating any effects of natural and or man-made disaster early enough;
And pass on skills that enlighten and empower the most vulnerable;
And provide psycho-social and trauma support to communities and families living in unstable and/or difficult circumstances;
Then families and communities will be able to co-exist peacefully, engage in productive activity and lead meaningful lives.
Board of Directors
MR. JIMMY ADIGA
DR. ALEX M. MUGANZI
Head of the Outreach Department at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)
MR. ROBIN OGWANG
Public Health, strategic government and donor relations
MS. CATE ZZIWA NIMANYA
Country Director of Water
MS. SARAH NDEMA
Financial management specialist
MR. JOHN NANDAAH
Retired Central Banker & currently Associate Consultant
MR. STEPHEN TUMWESIGYE
Founding Partner at TASLAF Advocates
MR. PATRICK ONYANGO
MS. REHEMA KAJUNGU
Deputy Country Director
MR. EMMANUEL NGABIRANO
Knowledge Development Manager
MRS. IRENE OBOTH SOZI
YOU CAN TRUST US
The support of our funders and partners is invaluable and TPO Uganda is committed to ensuring that the resources provided are well accounted for and used in alignment with our mission. This strengthens the legitimacy of our organization and our work.
To ensure transparency in all our operations we provide accountability in the following ways:
☀ A stamped receipt and official letter recognizing your donation.
☀ Quarterly reports with updates on our work.
☀ Access to detailed information on our policies and procedures, human resource management and financial management standards.
☀ National NGO laws compliance documentation.
At the beginning of every project, we ask communities to appoint “Community based monitors” a group of opinion leaders who ensure that we accomplish our promise. Our Community based monitors include:
☀ Review project documents, plans and budgets
☀ Participate in work planning process
☀ Follow up implementation activities, disbursement of funds and track timelines
The very communities you support are empowered to ensure that resources are effectively used to
generate lasting transformation.
Regional Projects in DRC, Somalia & South Sudan
Since 2010, TPO Uganda has been implementing a child protection project that builds the capacity of community structures to deliver child protection and psychosocial support for children and families in conflict in South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.
TPO Uganda has over the past seven years supported twelve grassroots organizations in Puntaland, South Central Zone and Somaliland to acquire essential skills and knowledge in emergency child protection and psychosocial support.
Our achievements in this region included:
- We strengthened the child and civilian protection capacity of AMISOM personnel in Somalia through the African Union Peace Keeping force (AMISOM) in Mogadishu to integrate child and civilian sensitive programming into their peace keeping operations.
- We conducted pre and post deployment training to facilitate cultural adaptation and orientation on handling children in contact with armed forces.
- We have also worked with the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces and UNICEF and developed standard operating procedures for handover ad reception of children rescued from the Lord’s Resistance Army. As part of this initiative, we trained trainers from selected battalions in the application of these procedures. Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE) Training in South Sudan In 2013, TPO Uganda partnered with UNICEF South Sudan to organize a cascaded training in six states. Trainings included an elementary training in child protection in emergencies for social workers; training a cohort of trainers in each state and training master trainers based in Juba and selected from all six states. At the end of the training we developed a training curriculum which we handed over to the local trainers.