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Youth With A Vision Charity Profile
In 2002, John Mugabi (then working as the Children and Youth worker for the Diocese of West Buganda) led a few young men and women and banded together in an informal village group to respond to the unchallenged hardships faced by the disadvantaged young people in Masaka District in an effort to save them from HIV/AIDS, poverty, ignorance and abuse of their rights. They succeeded and formed Youth with a vision.
Today Youth with a vision (YWAV) is recognised by the community based organizations board, as a not-for-profit Christian community based youth network in Masaka District, solely and comprehensively embracing young people from all backgrounds.
The overriding objective of YWAV (Mission) is to partner with government organs, individuals and organizations committed to defending and advocating for the rights of the disadvantaged young people so that we create for them fair avenues and opportunities to succeed in life and to usher them as resources within their communities.
Our interventions aim to advance the education of young people and their communities in areas of academics, health/HIV/AIDS awareness, environment, human rights, poverty reduction strategies, job creation and employment skills, civic engagement, provision of facilities for recreation and other leisure time occupation in the interest of social welfare.
YWAV is entirely driven by young volunteers. The organization is overseen by 3 trustees, and they are citizens of high integrity and caliber. Members who are young people from the age of 5 years - 30 years, are registered and organized through vision teams located in various parts of the region. The board which is the supreme governing body of the organisation is formed by team leaders and secretaries of the vision teams. John Mugabi in the capacity of director is in charge of the daily running of the organization as a volunteer. We don't receive any State funding so our programmes entirely depend on; flexible subscriptions by some of our members, generous donations from friendly individuals and organizations locally and internationally.
Youth with a vision is deeply concerned about the wide range of conditions that increasingly affect the standards of living among the young people mainly from disadvantaged backgrounds. We have witnessed first - hand how HIV/AIDS, family breakdown, depression, low respect for human rights and financial instabilities, have destroyed hopes and opportunities of mainly vulnerable young people in Masaka region, causing a lasting damage to their potential.
Most young people lack opportunities to succeed in life, several young people grow uncared for, and they constitute to a cycle of generations of elders who fail to offer the right example to their children who, in turn, are becoming infant adults. Such cycles have greatly contributed to a creation of societies where adults, having not been properly cared for as children, are themselves unable to bring up their own offspring.
It is also believed that children who are taught good practices and values at a young age are more likely to continue to live by those practices throughout their life. We believe that in order to create a more unified community we must start teaching children at an early stage and it is for this reason that our programmes focus on passing over life skills and good practices to the young people so that they turn into positive citizens when they become adults.