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During the primary and early secondary school years, children become increasingly independent. They venture outside the family more and make decisions for themselves, and they begin to navigate puberty.
Accomplishing all of this successfully requires resilience — and even more so for children who face poverty, social exclusion, vulnerability and their attendant risks.
All of these factors and more put children at higher risk for chronic health problems, poor school performance and continuing patterns of violence, neglect and abuse — all of which disrupt their development.
Children ages 6 to 14 account for the majority of children ChildFund serves. As children in this age group become more independent, they must learn to socialize with other children and adults beyond their immediate families, to make decisions for themselves, to build literacy, numeracy and life skills, to engage in community life. For them to succeed in all of these developmental tasks, continued care and support are vital.
Find out about our programs for children ages 6-14 in
Linking Communities, Strengthening Response Project in Lira and Dokolo Districts | Uganda | 2013