Rhythm of Life acknowledges that containing spread of and fatality resulting from HIV/AIDS requires the courage to tackle challenging social issues, the commitment to making long-term investments, and a preparedness to go beyond existing measures. As an organisation, we view HIV/AIDS not only as a health problem, but also a product of — and exacerbated by — human rights violations. Since HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects the poorest, least educated, and most marginalized groups, our aim is to eliminate stigma and to empower those living with the virus.
Established in February 2013, Rhythm of Life seeks to promote the health, welfare, and economic rights of HIV positive sex workers living in red light districts throughout Uganda. We are also interested in the education and training of the daughters of sex workers.
Our core objectives include:
- To provide educational opportunities to daughters of HIV positive sex workers through the project, “Her Tomorrow.” This includes funding for primary, secondary, and higher education.
- To provide general healthcare services (through community outreaches) to HIV positive sex workers, as well as encouraging them to lead positive and safe lives.
- To train the daughters of sex workers to become ambassadors in the fight against stigma in their communities.
- To encourage sex workers and their daughters to be enterprising and entrepreneurial; such as to partake in small business ventures. We also run a savings scheme under our Accounts and Finance department.
- To collaborate with local schools in the red light districts through our sex education project, “Rhythmic Voices.” We will screen movies, produce plays and skits, run presentations, distribute leaflets and other reading materials, and create student-led societies in all our partnership schools.
- To campaign and raise awareness about the health concerns and needs of sex workers in Uganda. Our main priority is to make the existing health system more inclusive.
- To run a research project in order to improve our understanding of the healthcare needs and living standards of sex workers with HIV/AIDS. Our purpose is to influence future healthcare policy. Our publications will be accessible to members of the public and to policymakers in government.