Rainbow Family Support Alliance (RFSA) is an LGBT led human rights organization in Uganda. RFSA fights discrimination and torture of LGBT people and aims to improve their wellbeing.
RFSA grew from lived experiences of LGBT people who were victims of family harassment and banishment for their sexual orientation and gender identity. With our funding, they provided a safe house to 10 LGBTI people, who were harassed and banished from their families. RFSA attempted to reconnect and, where possible, reunited them with their families.
Also, they held post-trauma counseling sessions, as well as a two-day training on safety and security. To further enhance the security of LGBT people, they produced pocket-size booklets with safety tips and emergency phone numbers.
- 10 LGBT people were temporarily relocated to safe houses;
- 3 of the beneficiaries provided refuge for other LGBT people;
- 10 LGBTs received a two-day training on digital and physical security;
- Through Life Experiences Training Sessions, these 10 LGBTs trained another 15 community members in digital and physical security;
- 50 pocket-size booklets were developed, containing security tips and emergency telephone numbers;
- A hotline for emergency purposes was implemented, and has been used by 32 people;
- Trauma counseling for 10 LGBTs was held, helping them cope with their experiences and went into rehabilitation for their drugs addiction;
- 9 of the relocated LGBTs found a job or are able to generate their own income;
- 12 bimonthly family meetings were organized to sensitize LGBT people’s parents about LGBT issues;
- Out of 10 beneficiaries, 4 have successfully been reunited with their families and returned to school;
- Food and nutrition supplements have been provided to beneficiaries;
- 10 landlords have been sensitized on LGBT issues and are more tolerant and welcome to LGBT tenants;
- According to Rainbow Family Support Alliance, almost all of the activities are having a snowball effect.