AFFCAD was founded in 2009 by a group of four young men in Bwaise, one of Kampala’s poorest slums. Muhammad, Brian, Jaffar and Richard who after doing voluntary work with different organizations decided to return home and work to reduce the unbridled problems facing their community. They would address the problems using skills they had acquired and the networks established.
AFFCAD now runs three major programmes health, education and economic empowerment in Kampala’s poorest slum communities. The inspiration behind the initiative was to bring about fundamental and sustainable change in the lives of slum youth through imparting technical, vocational and life skills, creating awareness on sexual reproductive health alongside supporting vulnerable communities including people infected and affected by the scourge of HIV/AIDSAFFCAD through the years has soared and made tremendous land marks on this journey. In June 2011, the organizations founded a community school called Excel Education Centre that provides formal education to 200 orphaned children and those from HIV/AIDS and poverty affected families.
For his selfless hard work and determination to provide opportunities for the new generation of young people in Bwaise, Muhammed AFFCAD’s CEO, was honored with the Muhammad Ali Humanitatian Award for Conviction in 2013. This recognition helped motivate the whole team to inspire others and to aim high in achieving big ambitions with AFFCAD.
January 2014 also saw the opening of a vocational training center in Bwaise and this occasion was graced by HE Scott H. DeLisi, the former US Ambassador. This center looks to provide vocational skills to youth in slum communities thus providing them with a better ground for competition in Uganda’s Job market with an aim of enhancing the socio-economic transformation of disadvantaged young people aged 15 -25 years through evidence based interventions that advocate, create linkages to services and information and encourage social and livelihood skills development for self-reliance.
With health programs, the Excel Education Centre and the Vocational Training centre flourishing, AFFCAD developed a social enterprise arm in the form of the Kampala Slum Walk and Unique Fashion and Design shop to bring sustainability into funding of the projects. Today, as throughout our long history, AFFCAD depends on generous contributions of time, donations, and gifts from individuals, organizations, Embassies, local governments and others to run its programs.
AFFCAD is proud of the warm welcome extended to international volunteers, school groups and businesses with whom we partner. AFFCAD opened a branch in UK in 2016 to reach out to more people across the western world. We have come a long way since our humble beginnings yet we remain community focused and community driven. We invite you to learn more about our history and hope you will feel inspired to become more involved with AFFCAD.