Though HIV’s transmission has decreased since its peak in 1996, it remains a global pandemic. Sub-Saharan Africa was hit particularly hard by the AIDS epidemic, and the resulting numbers are staggering: An estimated 69 percent of people living with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa, yet only 15.8 percent of the world’s population lives on the whole continent. Nearly 4 percent of Uganda’s population, or 1.5 million people, are living with HIV, and in 2014, an estimated 650,000 children under 17 were orphaned by AIDS in Uganda. A survey conducted between 2005 and 2007 found that only 11 percent of orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda received basic support like education, health care, clothing and other resources. In the past decade, orphans and other children affected by AIDS have received more support, but it still isn’t enough.
AIDS orphans on average live in institutions for four or more years, and less than 50 percent have regular contact with family members. Many children will unfortunately never see them again. Through community projects, we aim to place orphans into safe and nurturing homes, reduce unnecessary separation of children from their families, and strengthen child protection mechanisms. ChildFund’s Uganda initiative Project Multiply, with the help of a USAID grant, multiplies the value of all donations by 5.75 to make the largest impact possible for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in Uganda. If you would like to make a difference, please make a donation today.