1.Human Rights Advocacy
Our human rights advocacy objective is mainly realized through sensitization trainings for the LGBTIQ community and sex workers about stigma and discrimination. Hope and Care also works with LGBTIQ people and sex workers who experience discrimination and violence to document the violations so that the victims receive a fair trial and the government authorities can better understand the human rights violations faced by the LGBTIQ and sex worker communities. Hope and Care continues to look for opportunities to reach a larger audience, we have worked to implement our human rights programming along with our sports programming. We believe in the importance of combining community development, human rights, and sports. We run sports trainings while also implementing our Sport and Recreation (play for change) program that works with our members to teach them about human rights.
2. Health awareness.
HAC has been focusing on health by mobilizing its members and beneficiaries to do HIV and Hepatitis B testing and help them abstain from drug abuse under its partnership program with Health care providers (Friendly Health Centres). With these partnerships, we work to provide a safe place for our members to receive healthcare and other services both at our partner organizations and our own centre.
3. Community Empowerment
Hope and Care empowers the LGBTIQ community and sex workers with economic development training by providing them with different skills to help be more employable them in the job market or start their own businesses. Through these entrepreneurship trainings we provide our members with information about how to do well in a workplace, basic skills like wheelbarrows, floats, spades, and trowels , We also work with our members after these trainings, to make sure they continue to do well at their workplace, checking back with them and helping them with basic materials to start their business. We believe it is important to not just provide our members with skills, but to support them afterwards, so that they can gain confidence, skills and continue working to provide for themselves and their family.
4. Sports & Recreation
Under this program, Hope and Care in Partnership with the Friends Sport Centre, provides a space for the LGBTIQ community to network with each other, play the sports they love, and gain confidence on and off the field. We have teams from the Isange coalition as well as others. This space is crucial for the community to support each other and have a space where they can be themselves and have fun. HAC networks with the community and the Friends Sport Centre to build strong partnerships between the Isange media team who covers the games, and other media teams so that we can continue building our community as well as knowledge about our activism work. HAC works to promote LGBTIQ visibility in other leisure activities including traditional and modern dance, drama and theatrical story telling. This program works to integrate LGBTIQ youth in sports and entertainment across Kigali. This not only helps them gain confidence and work against self-stigma, but also help them feel like a part ofRwandan society. Sport can be used to work against discrimination. We hope for a future where LGBTIQ youth and straight youth can play with and learn from each other.