In 2013, Children of Uganda (COU) focused on making new connections and expanding our reach–both in Uganda and here in the U.S. We achieved this through new community outreach partnerships, the development and redesign of our website at www.childrenofuganda.org, as well as the completion of extensive preparations for the 2014 Tour of Light. COU’s Board of Directors held their annual meeting in Uganda in the summer where they conducted site visits to partner primary and secondary schools, Philip’s House (where our mentally and physically handicapped youth receive daily care), and the homes of our Family Empowerment participants. We listened to the people in the communities we serve and are now striving to better address their needs and concerns.
In an effort to expand and strengthen our advocacy work on the ground in Uganda, we successfully secured a grant via the Independent Development Fund (IDF) to initiate the implementation of a 2 year Community Response to Child Labour (CR2CL) project in Rakai District. The project’s aim is to increase community awareness regarding the adverse effects of child labour and to support community action in protecting child rights. COU is also committed to supporting local women and their small businesses through the Family Empowerment Program, which provides knowledge and skills training, counseling, support for Income Generating Projects (IGPs), as well as Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs).
Over the past 20 years, COU has provided access to quality education, life skills training, food, clothing, shelter and medical care to thousands of orphaned and vulnerable youth in Uganda. As a result, over 1,300 children have successfully completed the program since 1995 and we are proud to mention that many of these graduates are now engineers, doctors, teachers, and more. In addition to providing access to quality primary and secondary schools, we also support students through vocational school, teacher training, university and other tertiary institutions of learning. These responsible individuals are now well on their way to becoming healthy, productive members of Ugandan society who understand the importance of giving back to their community. Our children are so grateful to their sponsors for all the love, care and life-changing investments they have made in their future.
Click here on 2013 Impact Report to view our complete PDF report. Thank you again. We truly owe our success to people like you who continue to give generously of their time, talent and resources.
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