Discover the Ugandan adaptation of Abbé Bovet's Old Chalet

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We are delighted to share with you the Ugandan adaptation of Abbé Bovet’s song “Le Vieux Chalet”, on the theme of resilience in the face of HIV/AIDS.

Many thanks to Mukungu Enock Jonathan, Mutesi Sharon, Kasoga Winnifred, Nabiryo Esther, Hussein Fazil, Nyanzi Huzairu, Bazibu Micheal and Reagan Giriwa for this beautiful creation.

This video is part of a series adapted from our show Resilience, which had to be cancelled.

With the support of the Fédération Genevoise de Coopération and the City of Bulle.

20 years of achievements

It's time to take stock of the past few years:


Direct beneficiaries

Have been reached


Children affected by HIV/AIDS

Have been welcomed and given individual follow-up to enable them to undergo medical and psychosocial rehabilitation



Have been financed



Have benefited from microcredit projects



Have benefited from agricultural training to help meet the basic needs of children in a sustainable way



Most of them affiliated with armed groups during their childhood, have benefited from individual therapy to deal with trauma



Have received training on psychosocial issues


Of people

Have been sensitized on issues relating to the inclusion of children living with HIV, people suffering from trauma and the prevention of gender-based violence.



Employees in Omoana projects since its creation



Collected by the association to date

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Discover the vivo Uganda mental health project on video!

Between 1986 and 2006, Northern Uganda was in the grip of a conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the government.

60,000 children were kidnapped to be recruited as soldiers. Now adults, many of them still suffer from disorders linked to the trauma they experienced.

Using Narrative Exposure Therapy, our partner vivo Uganda and its counsellors are treating these disorders in order to contribute to the dignity of those affected and to peace in the Gulu region of northern Uganda.

Find out more about their work in video.

For further information, visit: Vivo Uganda


This video was made thanks to the support of the Fédération Genevoise de Coopération.

Developing social skills and preventing violence

Since September 2022, Omoana has been implementing a participatory process with his partners with the aim of improving their practice in psychosocial support and violence prevention with young people. This process aims to look at the lessons learned from past and current activities in order to propose improvements. It has taken place thanks to funding from the “Sharing Knowledge” fund of the Fédération Genevoise de Coopération (FGC).

Our partners in Uganda run activities to develop young people’s social skills. Improving self-confidence, communicating with friends, family and the community and managing emotions are all aspects of life that can be worked on to build resilience in the face of adversity. At several levels, our partners also address different types of violence that affect certain vulnerable groups of children and young people, whether physical, verbal, emotional or economic. Preventing discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS, combating gender-based violence and raising awareness of the mental health condition of people formerly affiliated to armed groups are all specific issues that have been addressed for many years. Admittedly, our partners do not all work with the same population groups. However, the mechanisms of oppression are often the same. There is considerable potential for exchanging best practice when it comes to preventing and responding to violence of all kinds.

"Through discussions, games and exercises, these interactive sessions have been designed to help young people question their relationships with themselves and with others, so that they can develop their own resources in the face of adversity and see difference as an asset".

Adrien Genoud, Director of Omoana

Developing social skills and preventing violence among young people

Creating interactive sessions for young people

Between September 2022 and January 2023, Omoana and its partners worked on technical sheets for conducting group sessions with young people on the following themes: Self-awareness- Self-confidence- Emotions- Stress management- Anger management- Conflict management- Mechanisms of discrimination- Trust- Collaboration- Healthy and toxic friendships- Social networks- Inclusion of people living with HIV/AIDS- Gender-based violence- Inclusion of people living with disabilities- Inclusion of people formerly affiliated to armed groups. The social workers and former beneficiaries, who are now active as mentors for other young people, have set up new sessions with the support of Omoana. In February 2023, they presented them to the other partners at a workshop. Using discussions, games and exercises, these interactive sessions were designed to help young people question their relationships with themselves and with others, so that they can develop their own resources in the face of adversity and see difference as an asset.

Testing solutions through Forum Theatre

During these workshops, participants also received introductory training in forum theatre. Forum theatre is an interactive technique that forms part of the Theatre of the Oppressed, developed by Augusto Boal in Brazil. It enables the creation and presentation of short scenes linked to social issues that expose a situation that needs to be changed. After an initial performance, the audience is invited to replace an actor on stage and try to change the situation, while the performance is replayed. Other actors respond by adapting their character, maintaining or adjusting their power of oppression or exploitation in relation to what has been changed. Forum Theatre offers a way of testing solutions through action. The audience makes and evaluates all the choices. During the workshop, the participants particularly appreciated this tool, which they will use in parallel as part of their activities with young people to address the social issues mentioned above.

This process finally led to the creation of the “Youth together” manual, which will provide partners with a framework for conducting sessions with young people. It will also make this new method deployable in other contexts and projects.

If you would like to receive the manual, please fill in the form at the end of the project page HERE.

Presentation of the Omoana House project in Esprit Solidaire

Following a visit to Uganda, Chloé Collier, our coordinator, was invited by Léman Bleu to record a programme on Esprit Solidaire, presenting our Omoana House project.

Watch the programme in full here.

Uganda faces the Covid-19 pandemic

Between April and July this year, Uganda experienced a rising rate of Covid-19 infections. This put a strain on the country’s health system, as evidenced by the number of deaths and hospitalisations linked to Covid-19. At the beginning of June, a national lockdown was declared for a period of six weeks. This measure enabled the country to control the rate of infection among the population and to provide healthcare for the most seriously ill.

Today, the country is opening up again. The infection rate has fallen from 21% to 8%, the number of deaths is down and the population is more respectful of preventive measures. The lifting of confinement at the end of July has enabled the transport sector and certain commercial sectors to start operating again. However, other sectors remain closed, including educational establishments, social and religious community gatherings and the entertainment and leisure sector.

Vaccination of the population is underway, with priority given to essential workers and people suffering from chronic illnesses. The government’s objective is to vaccinate 50% of the Ugandan population to enable the country to control the infection rate. However, to date only 1.2% of the population has been vaccinated. Funds to help victims of the pandemic have been paid out to the most vulnerable people. 500,000 of them have received UGX 100,000 (USD 29) for one month. The government is also supporting research into national treatments for Covid-19. Clinical trials of Ugandan plant-based treatments (COVIDEX and COVICYLE) appear to be showing good results.

Impact of the pandemic on projects

The prolonged and repeated closure of schools has exposed children to problems such as child labour, teenage marriage, dropping out of school and violence, which seem to affect girls more than boys.

In this context, Omoana has encouraged its beneficiaries to adapt to virtual learning platforms provided by schools or the government, such as radio-based study programmes for primary school pupils and distance learning models for secondary and tertiary school pupils.

Our education project partners, St Moses and Handle Uganda, provided additional monitoring of students and tutors to avoid failures that could affect the continuation of schooling when the schools reopen.

The activities of Omoana House also had to be adjusted. Additional security measures were put in place to restrict access by outsiders to the rehabilitation centre in order to protect children at high risk of vulnerability to the virus (particularly HIV-positive children). Additional nutritional supplements were offered to the children to boost their immunity.

During this period, the health of the children reintegrated into their communities was closely monitored and antiretroviral treatment was provided to them at home by the Village Health Teams (VHTs). Peer educators also adapted by approaching beneficiaries directly on social networks (Facebook and Twitter), conducting targeted awareness campaigns and offering individual support.

The mental health project’s operations were mainly affected by restrictions on the number of passengers per vehicle and inter-regional transport. Activities such as community awareness-raising were interrupted due to the ban on gatherings.

Many beneficiaries also face mental health problems due to depression, stress and the stigma attached to people affected by Covid-19. There is a great deal of uncertainty about the country’s health and economic future.

Immaculate Achan
Country coordinator