The numbers are astonishing. The initial goal was to reduce vulnerability of 25,000 households in 35 districts in Uganda, but in the last seven years the Sustainable Comprehensive Responses for Vulnerable Children and their Families (SCORE) project reached 34,779 vulnerable children households and at least 200,000 individuals. Funded by USAID thanks to a grant of more than US$38 million, SCORE was implemented by a consortium led by AVSI Foundation together with partners: CARE, TPO and FHI360.
“The SCORE project assisted more than 34,000 households to move from vulnerability to resilience, and the journey towards resilience was exciting,” celebrated Massimo Zucca, on behalf of AVSI Foundation Country Representative, John Makoha during the SCORE final event on March 20, 2018 “SCORE encouraged change in all actors. It offered a range of options, which tested people’s free will to grow. And seven years later, we see long lasting change and we hear real stories of people managing their future.”
More than 300 people, including partners, policy makers, researchers, OVC practitioners and beneficiaries, attended the SCORE project National Closure Event. The event focused on presenting key program successes, challenges and lessons learned that will help the global OVC community. Through the Socio-Economic Strengthening element of the project, for example, the household average income jumped from US$ 12 to US$ 39 per month, while unemployment rate was reduced from 15% to 1%.
“SCORE just demonstrated that resilience can indeed be achieved by the poorest and most vulnerable households,” said Colette Marcellin, Deputy Head of Mission, US Embassy in Uganda. “ I thank AVSI Foundation together with its consortium partners and local economic partners for making change in the lives of children in more than 34,000 families.”
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