Health and nutrition
Main areas of intervention include; HIV, sexual and Reproductive health, malaria, emergency diseases outbreaks, RSHR, maternal child health and other health interventions. RAFO believes health is a human right and everyone’s responsibility. We thus advocate for equitable access to health services for vulnerable rural communities, refugees, asylum seekers and conflict affected persons.
Rural community technology access, ICT, science and innovation
RAFO strives to bridge the “digital divide” between rural an urban communities by establishing the concept of “Rural community Technology
Access (RCTA)’’. This is means extending technology services including computer and internet services closer to rural communities and refugee settlements as well as engaging rural communities in science, technology and innovation.
Water, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Scarcity of water is one of the biggest challenges affecting rural communities and refugees in various refugee settlements resulting into poor sanitation and hygiene leading to diseases. RAFO works to ensure such communities have access to safe and clean water. Through advocating for extension of bore holes, swallow wells, piped water and construction of waste disposal units in rural public places, refugee settlements, RAFO strives to ensure access to safe clean water and improved sanitation and hygiene.
RAFO aims to ensure every child, orphan and vulnerable children in rural communities, refugee children, and internally displaced children have access to formal (primary, secondary, tertiary and university) and informal education through strategies like online education, vocational skills training, and scholarship programs. We believe education is a human right, a protection tool and has a huge role in rural transformation.
Child and Community Protection
Realizing there are many pressing challenges affecting vulnerable rural communities both adults and children, RAFO works to provide protection services to ensure every person lives with dignity. RAFO focuses on protection of vulnerable rural communities and refugee populations dealing with issues like Sexual gender based violence, Gender based violence, domestic violence, child labour, Violence against women and children.
Psychosocial and Social Exclusion Support
We strive to end social stigma and to fight social injustices associated with access to social services by marginalized populations like albinos, minority sex groups, children produced as a result of incest, culturally abandoned individuals, minority tribes and clans. “We are all human, we deserve access to services” is what drives us in our programs.
Advocacy and research
RAFO conducts research on the most pressing issues in rural communities through engaging the most vulnerable rural persons, documents them, share them with duty bearers and then advocates for solutions from duty bearers. RAFO then publishes and disseminates the results of such engagements for national policy development, change and influence
Rural youth capacity building and leadership training
RAFO builds the capacity of rural youth so that they are able to demand their access to social services through engaging duty bearers in dialogue. We do this at an early age through partnering with rural primary and secondary schools, tertiary training institutions and engaging them in debates on issues affecting rural communities. RAFO also conducts and runs the “rural parliament” where rural communities engage in debates on issues affecting them. RAFO provides the required resources and the associated leadership to guide such debates and documents the issues raised and finally follows up with the duty bearers for solutions. RAFO organizes a feedback meeting where duty bearers provide answers to the issues raised.