HabiJohn Foundation (HF) is an elders rights non-profit and non-governmental organization that was officially registered by the national NGO board in 2013 focused primarily on providing aid to older people as we help them claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty as well as facilitate their access to primary healthcare, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives and also intended to help vulnerable children under the care of these elders. Our projects are focused mainly around the elders over 60years of age and enable them to buy food, clothes and other needed items. We help stabilize their nutritional situation, and ensure that their vulnerable grandchildren that are often abandoned and handed over to them can go to school again and the elderly develop a greater feeling of self-esteem. On top of the support we provide, HF mainly puts in position the experience of older women and men at the centre of our work. This then guides the type of programmes we run, the way we develop our advocacy work, the way we communicate and solve problems of poverty among them in different communities.
Currently HabiJohn Foundation supports older people through approaches like: rights awareness and
advocacy, developing skills and promoting healthy lifestyles, and carrying out research through
community and international partnerships.
Since we were established, HF has helped older men and women through health camps and specialist referrals, improved adult literacy to transform their livelihoods, formed over ten PEG groups with 30 members each and promoted positive ageing through sporting activities, as well as much more.
HF also promotes economic and social security for older people and secure their human rights. This is done by raising awareness with the government and civil society of the policies and advocacy and educational programmes needed to improve the lives of older people.
Health services are a major need and challenge for older Ugandans. HF’s projects therefore also try to influence more effective health services as well as ensuring older people are included in key national health and HIV and AIDS programmes.