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OUR BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Busia Area  Communities Federation (BUACOFE) is a child and youth focused indigenous Non  Governmental Organization (NGO) which started operating in 2008 as registered  entity supported by ChildFund International. It is located in southeastern Uganda 122 miles from the capital,  Kampala. BUACOFE is comprised of three (3) community based  organizations of Buyengo, Buhasaba and Buhenye which serve five sub counties  of; - Dabani, Masinya, Buhehe, Lumino and Majanja found in Busia District.
 
OUR ASPIRATIONS AND MANAGEMENT COMPOSITION
   
BUACOFE’s mission is  “to promote a long term change in social and economic development of  communities through partnership with different stake holders.  The organization is headed by an executive  board comprising of 11 members elected by the delegate’s assembly with a  Board Chairperson as the head. On the technical wing, it’s headed by  Federation manager, supported by program officers, finance officer at area  level and Community Development Facilitators at Sub county and parish level.  The technical team works closely with community selected volunteers who are  residents of the communities of operation charged with the responsibility of  mobilizing target project beneficiaries.
 
BUSIA AT A GLANCE
   
Busia  District borders Kenya on the east and is a major transport corridor with  heavy commercial traffic in both directions. Extreme poverty and food  insecurity, especially among women widowed by war and HIV/AIDS, have fueled  prostitution with commercial truck drivers who spend the night in the  district before crossing the border. The HIV/AIDS prevalence is 16 percent,  considerably higher than the national average of 5.4 percent. AIDS related  deaths among young adults have left many orphaned children to be cared for by  surviving family members, orphanages, or to fend for themselves. The 3 rural  communities BUACOFE works with have an estimated population of 20,000, most  of whom are Bantu and Luo speakers. Subsistence agriculture, fishing, and  minor trading are the primary economic activities. Annual per capita income  is estimated to be US $154; the national average is US $300. Literacy rates  also fall below national averages; 54% of adult females are literate.
 
 
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