Innovative Youth with Action Uganda (IYAU) is a non-profit organization that promotes empowerment of financially-disadvantaged people for sustainable change by facilitating access to skills development, income generation and job creation, education, HIV/AIDS services, care and support services for orphans and vulnerable children and support services, human rights advocacy, basic healthcare services, aid and support on gender-based violence, and sustainable agricultural practices keeping in mind environmental sustainability.
IYAU was founded on the premise that it is critical to elevate poor, marginalized and vulnerable people’s needs and ambitions to take responsibility for their communities. All of the organisation’s work aims to contribute to a society that supports and embraces the self-assurance of the poor, marginalized and vulnerable people and their communities.
Direct beneficiaries of IYAU projects and programmes are: orphans and vulnerable children, people living with HIV/AIDS, youth, female sex workers, ex-prisoners and inmates, persons with disabilities, women and girls, child marriage victims, child-headed families, and smallholder farmers. IYAU works with churches, human rights activists and defenders, schools, peer educators, community-based groups, prisons, police, local leaders, health facilities, community volunteers and village health teams.
IYAU is a team-based organisation committed to sharing knowledge, leadership and learning, and it concentrates its efforts on five thematic areas of poverty reduction:
- Education and training
- Entrepreneurship and Skills Development
- Public health and sanitation
- Human rights advocacy
- Environment and Sustainable Agricultural Production
- Child Sponsorship & Orphans and Vulnerable Children Care and support
- Livelihoods and economic empowerment
- International Volunteer exchange program
Our Tag line ‘Changing Mindsets’’ encapsulates the beliefs and ideals that guide our organisation