Hope Institute teaches faith and HIV prevention

KAMPALA, UGANDA —Reverend Gideon Byamugisha of Uganda has been a leading voice in HIV/AIDS prevention since 1992 when he became the first religious leader in Africa to publicly disclose his own HIV-positive status.

In the early 2000s he founded the Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation (FOCAGIFO), a non-governmental organization that aims to reduce the vulnerability of individuals, families and communities living with and/or directly affected by HIV/AIDS.

The foundation includes several projects that focus on these vulnerabilities such as the Hope Institute for transformational leadership and development, a holistic training center that trains current and aspiring young leaders in vocational skills, business, leadership, spirituality, environment, HIV/AIDS related awareness and community health empowerment skills.

The FOCAGIFO office is located on the same grounds as Reverend Gideon’s home, church and the dormitories that house interns from all over the world.

Reverend Gideon donates the royalty payments from his books and appearances to his charities. He said he named his home, “Royalty House,” to remind him where it came from.

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