Hundreds of Ugandan LGBT+ people are today without a place to call home due to homophobic and transphobic families, further amplified in the Covid-19 era.
In response to the lived experiences of LGBT+ homeless people in Uganda, Uganda Minority Shelters Consortium (UMSC) was created in 2020. Rainbow Shadows Uganda, Wave of Legacy Alliance Initiative, Kuchu Shiners Uganda, Let’s Walk Uganda, Happy Family Youth Uganda, Children of the Sun Foundation, Twilight Support Initiative, and Initiative for Persons Infected and Affected are the eight LGBT+ Shelter Organizations that Govern the UMSC in Kampala, Wakiso, Mbarara, Kasese and Masaka regions of Uganda. Twelve LGBT+ Shelter Organizations are also Associate members of the UMSC namely: Albinism Brotherhood Uganda, Diverse Empowerment Foundation, Happy Life Initiative, Human Rights and Economic Empowerment Development, Foster Foundation, Ice Breakers Uganda, Lived Realities Uganda, Pride For Youth Initiative, Rella Women Foundation, Rights 4 Her, Trans Youth Initiative Uganda, Women initiative for Emancipation and Renaissence Organisation.
Our Goals And Objectives
To coordinate and address the information gap regarding the shelters’ management, through establishment of timely and transparent communication channels and maintenance of well researched and well protected documentation.
To increase self-sufficiency of LGBT+ homeless persons by enabling them to transition from different shelter systems to stable and responsible livelihoods.
To create and run short-term and long-term residential support, case management, educational services, life skills training, community-building recreational activities, opportunities for self-expression, programs on HIV support and care, mitigation of security risks and security training and monitoring.
The Uganda Minority Shelter Consortium’s mission is to address the repetitive cycle of homelessness through empowerment, safety, and transitioning to independence
Our Core Values
We demonstrate honesty, transparency, and fairness in everything we do as a Consortium
We treat each other with mutual consideration and sensitivity, recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion
We seek new approaches, capitalize on
opportunities and amplify the impact of initiatives
We commit that all systems will be inclusive, in that all programs and services will be accessible and responsive to youth, parents, and caregivers, regarldless of their background.
We work together through our Values to accomplish our Mission, Vision, and Purpose