OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) believes that by providing financial and technical support to community based organizations (CBOs) in rural western Uganda, and improving health security in the region, the quality of health and life of women, adolescents, orphans, and the people living in these communities, can be greatly improved.
The goals of OTYO! are to improve efficiency and effectiveness of service provision in partnership with local community based organizations in the areas of:
- Food Security
- Health Care Access
- Health Education
- Community Empowerment
To provide financial support, OTYO! raises funds in the United States, through fundraisers and donations, and distributes these funds as short term (project) and long term (program) grants to qualified community based organizations (CBOs). OTYO! has developed requests for proposals on the basis of sound research in public health promotions, and in field research in rural Uganda under the direction OTYO! founder and president, Jolly Bugari, and with the support and assistance of the CBOs. Future plans for OTYO! include the development and management of programs that will provide expert human resource support to the CBOs funded by OTYO!; and provide opportunities for students from U.S. universities for experiential service-learning through internships and volunteering.
OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) is a registered Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in Uganda and is a tax exempt 501(c) (3) Non Profit organization in the United States.
OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) is a resource (or partner) for community-based organizations seeking to make positive changes in their environment. This partnership will support rural CBOs to become empowered and self-sufficient in helping their surrounding community members realize their full potential.
- Cultural humility; we will support all people regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, tribe or any other differing characteristic.
- Integrity; we will be open and honest in our mission, strategies, goals and objectives.
- Accountability; we are accountable to our customers, our partners, our supporters, and our Board.
- Empowerment; we will seek to provide community-based organizations with resources to become efficient, effective, and self-sufficient in service provision in community-building projects through public health theories.
- Innovation; we support community based organizations to think of new ways of problem-solving.