4th July 2014
It is a delight to be marking the 11th anniversary of Freedom and Roam Uganda. This key milestone for FARUG is not in just how far we have come as an organization but also how much we have struggled for the rights of Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LBTI) persons in Uganda. We take pride!!!
Few would have believed more than a decade ago that FARUG would become the fully fledged professional organization it is now. In the context of that time, we struggled with media outings, arrests of our members, insufficient funds, evictions and closure of workshops among others.
After the Anti Homosexuality Act (AHA) became Law as of 24th February 2014, most of those challenges and cases of abuse escalated forcing FARUG to drastically alter its way of organizing. This also necessitated FARUG to plan strategically in the interim as petitions to challenge the AHA progress and also up to such a time as we feel safe to carry out certain activities that can’t be implemented presently. Other than that; FARUG is still operational and open daily to members who seek services. All running projects are being executed.
Over the years FARUG has put a lot of focus on structural and membership building to promote the health and social wellbeing of the members in terms of access to health, income generation, mentor ship; and all these have been catered for in the interim strategic plan.
FARUG’s establishment, growth, assertiveness and expansion have served a purpose in demonstrating to other LGBTI organizations in Uganda just what can be achieved through perseverance and steadfastness when the cause is Just; so as we celebrate 11years, we do so with a firm intention of remaining true to our mission and vision.
We fully appreciate the efforts of those who have worked so hard over the past 11 years to make FARUG a success it has become. We commend the great work of Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera: the former Executive Director; who saw FARUG through the last challenging 10 years of infancy, the Board of Director; past and present, staff and the members as these much valued individuals have courageously and persistently fought day and night to pursue FARUG objectives.
We shall continue to work hand in hand with LGBTI organizations in Uganda and the National Security Team to ensure that our members and other LBTI/WSW persons get much needed help. We remain steadfast in the service of LBTI persons and once again call for your continued support from our partners and allies.
Freedom And Roam Uganda (FARUG)
FARUG was founded by three lesbian identifying individuals Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, Victor Juliet Mukasa and Taz Musisi; as the first exclusively Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex organization in Uganda.
4th July 2014