OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief)
The mission of OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) is to improve the quality of life and health of women, adolescents and orphans of rural, Uganda, by providing financial and technical support to community based organizations (CBOs) working with these populations.
The CBOs supported by OTYO! will improve efficiency and effectiveness of service provision in areas including but not limited to:
1) food security through sustainable, nutrition-based farming
2) food security and health/social service access through income generation
3) health and nutritional counseling
4) HIV/AIDS medical access (testing, counseling and treatment)
5) HIV/AIDS health education (community/individual)
OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) is a resource for community based organizations (CBOs) seeking to make positive changes in their environment. These CBOs will be empowered and self-sufficient and will help Ugandans realize their full potential.
To provide financial support, OTYO! applies for grants as well as raises funds in the U.S., through fundraisers and donations, and distributes these as short term (project) and long term (program) grants to qualified CBOs. OTYO! has developed requests for proposals on the basis of sound research in public health promotions and in field research in Uganda under the direction of Jolly Bugari (OTYO!s Chair) and with the support and assistance of the CBOs.
Future plans for OTYO! include the development and management of two programs that will provide expert human resource support to the CBOs funded by OTYO!; and provide opportunities for students from U.S. universities for experiential service-learning through internships and volunteering.