Northern Initiative for Community Empowerment (NICE)is a registered Community-Based Organization based in Kwania District, Northern Uganda. The organization was founded primarily to help improve the lives of people and bring back the lost hope after the deadly war in Northern Uganda. Northern Initiative for Community Empowerment (NICE) is trying to solve the problem of “entitlement deprivation”, through Community Empowerment. Many people in Northern Uganda suffers from critical poverty, low access and level of Education , little access to better Health Services and prevention measure, we are also focusing on other social problems like, women’s right to equal access to resources, domestic violence and children’s right. We have employed different approaches to tackle poverty and other community problems based on working with other Community Aids Organizations, Development workers, Local Government, Technical individuals, Charity groups, Stakeholders and Communities to deliver our services while embracing symbiotic partnership. Our approach to address the root course of community problems are basically through community sensitization and awareness creation, Basic Education support ( manual and vocational training) strengthening Agribusiness to increase house hold economic income, strengthening Village Saving and Loans association, campaigning for Women’s right and their inclusion in the socio-economic activities and campaigning against domestic violence, violence on children and protection and we believe in these approaches because they have worked for us and there is great impact in communities where Northern Initiative for Community Empowerment has reached.
The project will supplement Government efforts to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in Kwania District. The Project will assist the Government to implement a comprehensive Behavior Change Communication (BCC) action plan, by engaging different health facilities in Kwania Hospital and district medical personnel (Nambieso Health Centre, Aduku Health Centre, and Inomo Health Centre). The project also seeks to directly reach the youth through different approaches including mass media like radio, community outreach and School Outreach Programs to different schools in the target area to effect behavioral change and reduce the risk of HIV infection among youth these youth (15 – 24 years). A total number of 2000 youth will be reached both directly and indirectly through mass media, community outreach and school outreach programs by the end of the project.
The main project activities of this project include;
Increasing the awareness of HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention among youth aged 15-24 years.
We envision equally empowered communities which can work their way out of poverty and respond to any community related issues and problems.
To improve people’s livelihoods and create self-sustaining communities in Northern Uganda through provision of equitable, participatory and integrated development interventions.
Northern Initiative for Community Empowerment aims to steer the youth away from a life of poverty and unemployment through implementing innovative community projects which can create a positive impact in the lives of the youth in Northern Uganda. This includes economic empowerment, raising health awareness, advocating for youth favourable policies, community sensitization and entrepreneurship training.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been reported increase in the rate of teenage pregnancies during the period when school were closed countrywide and children asked to stay home. In Northern Uganda, many teenage girls have not able to go back to school not because of lack of school fees but because they got pregnant with some even producing during this period. The need for basic necessities like sanitary pads, clothing, and other things, young girls have found themselves engaging in transactional sex with men who take advantage of their need for money.
Northern Initiative for Community Empowerment working together with different partners and stakeholders with support from Digital Human Rights Lab, would like to implement the project aimed at advocating against teenage pregnancy through raising awareness of its dangers to young teenage boys and girls. The project will aim at implementing a number of activities in Kwania and Apac District in Northern Uganda. During this project, Northern Initiative for Community Empowerment will involve district officials especially in the education department.