Patongo Orphan Infant Health Rehabilitation (PAORINHER) Centre is a registered Community Based Organization (CBO), registration number 097, located in Patongo Sub-County, Agago district in Northern Uganda.
This project began after a detailed assessment of child suffering as a result of the 20 years northern war, HIV AIDS and other diseases which left behind so many orphans. After successfully completing the 3 years programme (July 2007 – July 2010) of caring for Orphan Vulnerable Children (OVC), the centre has now moved into a new holistic phase of focusing mainly on the HIV + children and their affected families
HIV/AIDS remains a major challenge here in Uganda particularly among the children and the prevalence of HIV is instead going upwards instead of dropping as earlier reported. There is still a challenge in reducing mother to child transmission, which is the major cause of paediatric HIV/AIDS and it is the very reason why we must scale up our efforts to support the infected children. There is acute poverty, absence of quality education and lack of direction among the young people.
The centre remains committed to fulfilling the set objectives below:
- Raise the health status of HIV + and vulnerable children with nutritional, medical and psychosocial support, both through day care and by follow up at home.
- Restore dignity and hope for the future through the provision of quality Nursery and Primary Education.
- Reduce the impact of stigmatisation in the community, so that HIV + children no longer suffer adverse social effects, whether at home or in school, because of their health status.
- Improve the self sufficiency and long-term sustainability of the affected families and Centre’s operations.
Our Focus now is to….
- Strengthen our partnership with other service providers such as the Nutri Dietetic Centre and other health centres around.
- Reaching out to all the districts in Northern Uganda and beyond.
- Upgrading the school to help with sustainability.
- Opportunity to open up stores and buy and sell produce to support the centre, children and their families.
- To reach out to other organizations within and outside the country that may be willing to support us with grants and other ways of funding.
- Offer more short courses and workshops to improve on knowledge and skills of the staff.
Challenges and Setbacks
- High cost of professional training.
- Transport (vehicle) for children in case of urgent need for referral to specialised health centres. The law forbids carrying children on trucks or pickups.
- Lack of community training building/hall and shortage of furniture, lack of power/electricity
- Unreliable weather, especially when it comes to crop production.
- Poor road networks sometimes limit fieldwork activities.
- Lack of support for the various challenging activities such as funding to attract quality specialized teachers/counselors, field workers and funds to support sustainability activities such as opening up farms and other economic activities for the organisation.