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Equality Heals Africa
Davis just recently joined the PAX Nation community. He is an activist in an organization in Uganda called Equality Heals Africa. This organization is devoted to creating a world where no one is marginalized, where blind hatred and discrimination based on such things as appearance, sexual orientation, or lifestyle no longer exists. This is a big issue in Uganda (and many other African nations), where the hatred often leads to violence and abuse. Through education, activism, and direct support for those in harms way, they hope to shift Uganda to a more accepting and tolerant society. I suggested that he write a blog post to let us know about EHA, but he is busy preparing for Pride Uganda, an event supporting the LGBTQ community in the region, which is rather difficult since such activities are actually illegal in Uganda. He asked that I post for him, which I am glad to do. I will share the mission statement of Equality Heals Africa to share their dream in their own words:
What We Do
We envision a Country and Continent where all people are equally empowered and living free from discrimination, invisibility, violence and isolation.
To empower, equip and liberate all those at the margins of the society through education, capacity building, vocational skills in order to resist dependence-syndrome while defending their rights in this volatile situation where the community conspires to make them misfits or second-class citizens.
As indicated above, part of EHA’s target group are persons doubly marginalized in that the few who manage to escape often find that conditions in their countries of transit are not much better than those they fled. They are often targeted for violence by local authorities or civilians. The scant survival resources normally available to other refugees are often closed off to them. Therefore, the Organization affirms the need to ensure that any official body handling the beneficiaries who choose to is able to understand the myriad issues and manage these cases sensitively and appropriately.
It has become evident that most refugees, sheltering in UNHCR camps, despite the difficult conditions, think that at least they can find solace in the fact that they have escaped the persecution that sent them there in the first place, but sometimes they discover that the reality is quity different. In some cases they find themselves living in deplorable conditions; sick, beaten down, fed unsustainable food, and their bleak existence exacerbated not only by a slow resettlement process (it seems that the process can take from 2 to 3 years), but by enduring persecution at the hands of the general camp population.
EHA in full sight of this humiliating situation, networks line groups, agencies and NGOs working with refugees in Uganda and Kenya to share examples of good practice through our portal in the hope it will help others to improve approaches and lead to safety for the many beneficiaries/ refugees currently fighting for their survival.
The Multifaceted Goal Of EHA:
- To ensure full realization of fair treatment and overall acceptance of all humans beings
- To provide and cultivate support, resources and advocacy to the victims of discrimination, hate and isolation.
- We are committed to every person’s right to live in violence free home and have a specific focus towards addressing the cultural hiccups in determining gender equality and equity.
- To restore and recover the lost hope of all victims of discrimination who are currently invisible in Uganda and Africa in general.
- To recognize and avert the absence of accessible emergency services for the victims of rape and defilement
- To educate, motivate, and mobilize youth to improve their own lives and communities so as to become subject-experts of their own problems, challenges and solutions to overcome them.
- To provide preventative and educational programs to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STDs among the key populations……hence improving their health status.
- To challenge and end all forms of discrimination, bullying and isolation.
- To create, maintain and sustain an equal society.
We would like to thank you for your precious time shared with us when you chose to visit our site and indeed success will always stay in our hands once we are committed to detect and completely decimate or destroy all forms of discrimination. Such a commitment, is the only entry point to a sustainable and equitable society that we all long for, fellow citizens of this universe.