Kitojo Integrated Development Association (KIDA) is a grassroots organization that is empowering Ugandans to prevent the spread of HIV, reclaim their lives from the disease and live a better life.
Reverend Ezra Musobozi, an ordained Anglican priest, and his wife Marjorie, both native Ugandans, founded KIDA in 1999 and currently direct the operations of its programs with a small staff and several volunteers. KIDA is a registered nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO) certified in 2001 by the Republic of Uganda.
KIDA’s Vision is:
“Empowered people taking care of their own lives.”
KIDA’s Mission is:
“To enable vulnerable individuals and communities to improve their quality of life through counseling, education, care and support of the HIV/AIDS infected and affected and promoting productive self help initiatives.”
KIDA is located in Kitojo, a rural community with limited access to healthcare services. Our reach, however, extends into many other communities.
Some of the challenges our clients and our communities face are HIV/AIDS, poor health and nutrition, poverty, an inadequate food supply, illiteracy and the inability to receive a quality education. But, unlike other organizations, we believe in an integrated and holistic approach to addressing the challenges of the communities we serve. Our programs emphasize personal responsibility and include:
- HIV education through drama, testing, and counseling
- An on-site, staffed clinic
- Access to anti-retroviral therapies and treatment for opportunistic infections
- A home-care visiting program
- School support and counseling for vulnerable children
- Micro-lending and saving, and entrepreneur mentoring
- Agriculture training and mentoring in organic farming
- Literacy and job skills training for youth and adults
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KIDA is located in Kabarole District in Western Uganda. Our clients come to us primarily from parishes located within three sub-counties:
Ruteete Sub-county: Kyamukoka, Rurama, Kiko parishes
Kasenda Sub-county: Kasenda, Nyabweeya, Isuunga parishes
Buheesi Sub-county: Nyamiseke, Kabahango, Kiyombya parishes
In response to KIDA’s monthly radio announcements, people also come from more outlying areas such as Busoro sub-county, Kibiito sub-county, Kahungye sub-county and even from the districts of Kamwenge and Ibanda to access HIV testing and attend positive living seminars.
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In an international partnership, KIDA is financially supported by the Friends of Ruwenzori Foundation, a 501c3 US-based nonprofit public charity based in California’s San Fransisco Bay Area.