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Located in central Africa, Uganda is one of the fastest-growing economies on the continent. It is also one of the world’s most youthful nations, with Ugandan children younger than age 15 accounting for almost half of the population. These children are still recovering from the effects of the country’s two decades of conflict as well as its high incidence of HIV and AIDS in Uganda.

ChildFund has served children in Uganda since 1980.

Working to improve the health of Ugandan children is a main priority for ChildFund. Our efforts include constructing and equipping health centers and providing community education and support in child nutrition, immunization, safe motherhood, water and sanitation, malaria prevention and positive living for HIV-affected families. We have built more than 70 Early Childhood Development centers in 40 communities to promote children’s cognitive, social and motor development. The centers also provide regular child and maternal health care, including routine immunization, growth monitoring and training for parents on hygiene and how to prevent and control common diseases. While the centers provide students with nutritious meals, they also operate demonstration gardens and kitchens to work with families to develop more nutritious diets.

School-age Ugandan children who participate in extracurricular activities are more open to assuming leadership roles and are better equipped to face the challenges that come with growing up. So, ChildFund Uganda supports initiatives for students such as school clubs in extracurricular activities like sports, music, dance and drama. We also provide for the construction of classroom blocks, teachers’ houses and ventilated, improved pit latrines, and have worked toward an improvement in school governance and the continuous assessment of children’s performance in schools. Through our programs, teachers and school counselors are also sensitized about how best to support orphans and vulnerable children, many of whom are HIV-positive and have experienced the death of a parent or caregiver.

For older, out-of-school youth, ChildFund Uganda provides training in life and vocational skills such as welding, motor vehicle mechanics, carpentry, tailoring and catering, and assists them with business start-up capital and kits. Business training enhances skills in group dynamics, leadership, record keeping, social dynamics and conflict resolution. We also offer support to child and youth leadership forums and address youth participation issues through policy advocacy. Our initiatives empower youth to participate and assume leadership roles in local government and civil society organizations, improving their opportunities to advocate for their rights themselves.

 

 

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Angela

  • September 10, 2004

    10 years old

  • Uganda

$28/month

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