Uganda is one of the countries infected and affected by HIV / AIDS and war for over 20 years. As you can imagine, it significantly increased the number of orphans in our country. It is estimated that there are over 5 million orphans in Uganda due to HIV / AIDS. It is expected that this number will probably double in the next ten years. Many orphans are school-age children; they lost one or both parents. They usually live alone or with one parent or their extended family. This means that there is at least one orphan in almost all Ugandan families.
Many children have suffered mental trauma due to the loss of their parents. In Uganda, it is common to find grandparents surrounded by a fleet of grandchildren, families led by teenagers, dying adults fed by children and children scattered among relatives. As a result, many people are considered to be living in poverty, and most of them are under eighteen. Poverty has a direct impact on people’s lives because poor people have little access to health services, education, clean water and many other very important things that are necessary to ensure proper development.
Orphans need care, including food, provision of health care and appropriate sanitary conditions, vocational training and life skills, emotional / psychosocial support, counseling, recreation, religious support, school materials, bedding, dishes, transportation to healthcare units, roof overhead and of course, education that acts as a safety net in a child’s life. Without proper support, they will live in the streets as beggars in the future.
The Ugandan government has now adopted a program called Universal Primary Education (UPE). UPE provides three children per family the opportunity to attend elementary school up to the seventh grade. However, the average family has 7 or more children. In addition, many families accept children who have been orphaned or displaced.
ALCCU supports primary education for children in the districts MUBENDE, KATAKWI and WAKISO, which need financial help to attend school, such as uniforms and supplies.
We know that it’s hard to believe many people from Western countries, but
One dollar a day can provide books, school supplies, uniforms, shoes, basic health care and one balanced meal a day.
Imagine what 2 dollars a day can do for our children!
Visit our ‘Volunteering’ and ‘Immediate Needs’ pages, and then proceed to our ‘Make a Donation’ or ‘Sponsor A Child’ pages to start making a difference.