Bridges to the Future

Bridges to the Future: A Family-Based Economic Empowerment Intervention for Children Orphaned by AIDS in Uganda

Principal Investigator: Fred Ssewamala, PhD

Project Team Members: Irwin Garfinkel, PhD, Jane Waldfogel, PhD, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, PhD, Torsten Neilands, PhD

Field Coordinators: Miriam Mukasa, Christopher Damulira

Research Collaborators: Abel Mwebembezi (Reach the Youth-Uganda), Fr. Kato Bakulu (Masaka Diocese)

Bridges to the Future is a five-year longitudinal study (2011-2016) funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). It evaluates the impact and cost-effectiveness of an innovative family-based economic empowerment intervention for orphans made vulnerable by AIDS. The study intervention includes a matched savings account registered in the child’s name, income-generating activity training, and mentorship. The intervention aims to encourage saving money for secondary education, promote microenterprise development to generate family income and provide support programs to protect children from future risks. Currently the study is in a no-cost extension.