Uganda: Minakulu

Minakulu's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2017

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Children feel safer in the community. Girls and boys learned about their rights and how to protect themselves, increasing community awareness of child protection. As a result, 12,710 young people feel their community is safe.
  • Children's views are more respected. In total, 50 children expressed their opinions and ideas through a campaign to end violence against children.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Girls and boys are recovering from malnutrition. A total of 101 children were treated for acute malnutrition and gained weight.
  • Children have more food and a greater variety in their diet. In total, 545 community members learned about gardening and started growing nutritious vegetables for their children.
  • We provided trainings to 10 schools about the importance of female hygiene and sanitation.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Youth are building career skills for a bright future. In total, 38 orphaned and vulnerable teens, including 25 girls, learned vocational skills like sewing and received entrepreneurship kits, helping to better provide for their families.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Young people are growing in their faith. Altogether, 543 girls and boys attended a faith camp where they read the Bible, sang songs and learned to love God and others.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Minakulu, Uganda

Most people in this community make a living by raising livestock or growing crops such as beans, millet, and cassava. However, frequent drought, the use of outdated equipment and techniques, and a lack of irrigation systems leave many people struggling to make ends meet. Farmers typically produce just enough food for their families to eat—without any surplus to sell. They are merely surviving and are not saving and improving their economic status. In some cases, parents have to sell their belongings to meet other household needs. When parents are unable to provide nutritious meals, their children are more susceptible to malnourishment and other health problems. In addition, without clean water or proper sanitation and hygiene—as well as knowledge about these topics—children are vulnerable to easily preventable diseases. Another significant health issue is the AIDS pandemic, which has robbed children of their parents and isolated families. Healthcare is available, but is not always accessible for everyone. The facilities generally are crowded, understaffed, and unaffordable for families with low incomes. Through education, children are empowered to break the cycle of poverty. However, schools in this community struggle to provide children with the education they need to succeed. Students are often crammed into a single classroom, and teachers are unequipped to teach so many children. Classrooms lack furniture and teaching supplies, creating an unproductive learning environment. Many parents are too overwhelmed with their financial struggles to prioritize their children’s education. Dropout rates rise as children stay home to help with household chores. In some areas, domestic violence, neglect, and abuse have been reported, demonstrating the need for greater awareness about children’s safety, rights, and needs.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 9 years.
Minakulu, Uganda is in Phase 2

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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