Since its inception in 2006 Mbeleni has implemented a Scholars program that has extended support to 80 students in primary and secondary schools across Uganda. Some of these scholars have since finished different levels of education and are living their lives. This programme was financially supported by donations from committed individuals in the United States and Canada under the mobilization of one of the founders Professor Sarah Dryden Peterson of Harvard University.
Mbeleni initiated the implementation of the Safe Play Initiative for Children and Youth Project (SPICY) in Katale Busawuula village, Kyengera Town Council in Wakiso District in 2020-2021. The project aimed at organizing and providing psychosocial support to the children and youth while at play during their long stay at home as a result of COVID 19 Lock down and its effects, that led to the closure of schools for close to two years.
The project looked at the children and youth health, social and physical safety, their leadership at the self-created pitches and who is accountable while there. We reached out to 50 direct beneficiaries, 35 were children, 15 youth and 5 girls. All the girls were children This was a pilot project that portrayed a need for
organizational and psycho-social support for the children and Youth. We are continuing to mobilize resources with hope to continue with this project in future given that children and youth got used to their game and social networks, a routine that they may likely keep when they are back from school for holidays. The soft skills we passed on will still be relevant in this post COVID era.
Mbeleni implemented the leadership project to promote the well-being of refugee women, young girls and host communities through leadership skills building to enable them rebuild their lives and their families. This mentorship project was tailored to change the mind-set that women are not good in leadership. 20 women were reached out directly with a multiplier effect reaching more women in the community.
Mbeleni believes in movement building, collaboration, networking and capacity building. Mbeleni has worked on partnering with like-mind organizations for purposes of collaboration in activities that are in line with our objectives. We cherish participatory approaches to strengthen actions that are geared towards securing the wellbeing of vulnerable communities and bring sustainable and transformational change.