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.
What are the challenges?
Civil war, rebel insurgencies from the north and the AIDS pandemic have left many children growing up without parental care.
Violent conflict and political corruption have exacerbated the existing poverty and the fragile economy struggles with high inflation.
The debilitating effects of Malaria and HIV/AIDS have a terrific impact on many.
There has been woefully inadequate government investment in schools, medical care and social welfare.
Global Care has been supporting vulnerable children through its child sponsorship programme in Uganda since the early 1980s. We support 540 children – in and around Kampala, in Soroti, in the rural north and in Rukungiri, in the mountainous south-west.
Many of our children are orphaned, or from AIDS-affected families, or are otherwise living in families struggling to cope.
Education is such a key factor in helping vulnerable children – yet government schools, especially in rural parts of Uganda, are hopelessly underfunded and badly equipped.
Through sponsorship we are:
- helping individual children access education, social support and welfare care
- providing high-quality vocational skills training, where an academic schooling is unsuitable
- supporting disabled children and families with a disability daycare centre
- improving life opportunities for people ‘living positively’ with HIV/AIDS – counselling, testing and education
Through project partnership and donations we are:
- improving facilities for school children – working together with various partner schools
- providing vital clean water in communities with extremely limited infrastructure