A world in which AIDS, Gendered Exploitation and Violence together with their drivers, facilitators and sustainers have been defeated
Summary Description of your Organization
Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation traces its origin in 1992 when Rev (now Canon Prof) Gideon Byamugisha tested for HIV after losing wife Kellen (RIP) in 1991 and publicly declared his sero Status as Positive. Despite the volume of Stigma, Shame and discrimination that existed at the time, a group of friends rallied around him and formed the Friends of Gideon Fellowship (FOGIFE) through which they offered him moral, spiritual and psycho social support. This encouraged him to continue fighting the stigma and to break the Silence around HIV in Churches, Schools and other Communities.
In 1998, Rev Gideon became critically ill with all symptoms of AIDS apart from Meningitis! This group of friends led by the Rt Rev Samuel B. Ssekkadde (retired Bishop of Namirembe Diocese) mobilised all possible treatment through both Government and non Government sector and by 2000, Rev Gideon was well in health and continued his struggle of ensuring that the silence , the stigma, the denial and the discrimination, the inaction and the mis-action around HIV especially in the Churches , the faith sector and in the general public was broken.
In 2002, he won the Bob Pierce Award by World Vision and this became the turning point for the Fellowship. He donated the $5000 Prize to the Fellowship as Seed Money for the empowerment of Orphans and other Vulnerable Children having experienced the life of looking after a nine months baby (Patience) as a single Parent.
In 2003, the Fellowship officially registered as Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation (FOCAGIFO) with the Uganda NGO Board under Reg Number S. 5914/43270 so as to be able to mobilise more resources to sustain the Orphans and other Vulnerable Children as well as treatment of Gideon!