There are more orphans in Uganda than anywhere else in the world — over 2.4 million children — due to the AIDS epidemic, extreme poverty, and decades of civil conflict. We’re on the ground in Uganda to help as many of these young people as we can. We give children safe shelter, food, clothing, education and medical care. Through us, children gain an education and the life skills they need for future success. Their lives are completely transformed.
(Uganda National Household Survey 2009/2010)
In Uganda, students take 7 years of primary school education, 6 years of secondary school education (divided into 4 years of lower secondary and 2 years of advanced secondary), followed by 2 – 4 years of post-secondary vocational or university education. Our students are all guaranteed support all the way through secondary school, but many are able to continue on to vocational school or other institutes of higher learning thanks to their sponsor’s loyal support.
Educational Support: With your donations, Children of Uganda currently provides school fees, clothing, nutritious food and access to basic medical care for hundreds of children in the Rakai, Mukono and Kampala districts of Uganda.
Kampala District is home to the country’s capital city, Kampala, and also to Children of Uganda’s main office in Uganda. Of the nearly 1,659,000 people living in Kampala, a staggering 38.9% of the population lives in absolute poverty. Over 8% of people are HIV positive and so thousands of children are affected by HIV/AIDS in the region.
Mukono District is located in the central region of Uganda. It has a population of 981,600 — 45% of whom are under the age of 18 years old. And among these children, 65,709 are classified as orphans.
Rakai District is located in the south western region of Uganda, west of Lake Victoria. Of 484,400 people, 49% are under 15 years old and 22% are classified as orphans. HIV prevalence is at 12 – 15% of the population.
Students are sponsored at the primary (elementary) and secondary (middle and high school) levels. Through area partnerships, the students are then granted access to quality vocational training. A select group of students, with the generous support of their sponsors, continue on for advanced vocational certifications or a university degree.
Philip’s House in Mukono district is another important component of COU’s education program that was established in 2002 to provide living requirements, health services, physiotherapy and education to young adults with varied mental and physical disabilities.
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