An average population age of just 15 years means that Uganda is disproportionately young. 19.7% of people live below the poverty line.
As civil war decimated one generation and AIDS decimated the next, life expectancy of just 54 years means the older and wiser generation is thin on the ground.
*Elora has 6 siblings. Her parents died from HIV/AIDS when she was aged just four. Elora’s elderly grandmother was too poor to care for the family – but thanks to sponsorship, she completed primary education and began a tailoring course at a local business. She is now employed as a tailor and earning enough to not only support herself, but also pay her younger sister’s school fees.
What are the challenges?
Civil conflict and the AIDS pandemic left many children growing up without parental care. Violence and corruption exacerbated existing poverty, and the fragile economy struggles with high inflation. The debilitating effects of malaria and HIV/AIDS have a huge impact on many families. There has been woefully inadequate government investment in schools, medical care and social welfare.
How is Global Care helping children in poverty in Uganda?
Global Care has been supporting vulnerable children through its child sponsorship programme in Uganda since the early 1980s. We support almost 500 children in and around Kampala, in Soroti, in the rural north-east and in Rukungiri, in the mountainous south-west.
Many of our children are orphaned, or from AIDS-affected families, or are living in families barely able to cope.
Education is such a key factor in helping vulnerable children – yet education, especially in rural parts of Uganda, is hopelessly underfunded.
Through child sponsorship we are:
- helping individual children access education, social support and welfare care
- enabling vocational skills training, where an academic schooling is unsuitable
- helping children with disabilities make progress and access learning and healthcare
- improving life opportunities for people ‘living positively’ with HIV/AIDS – counselling, testing and education, and, where appropriate, extra nutrition
Through project partnership and donations we are:
- improving facilities for school children – working together with various partner schools
- enabling children with mobility difficulties to access education
- providing vital clean water in communities with extremely limited infrastructure
- developing and enabling community-led Disability Support Groups to empower families affected by disability, and advocate for their needs