In Uganda, 16-year-old Jane is a child who gave birth to a child, then faced a choice: pursue her education and dreams or focus on motherhood. Thanks to the love and support she has around her, Jane has been able to do both!
Why World Vision is in Uganda
Uganda’s internal stability means they’re currently hosting over a million refugees and asylum seekers from conflict and famine in neighboring countries. An estimated 650 people flood into the country each day to escape their volatile homelands. Your support is helping us respond with vital supplies like water, sanitation kits, food, and economic opportunities for the displaced people. To strengthen vulnerable households in rural areas, we’re enhancing income opportunities and natural resource management, so that droughts or other natural disasters don’t leave families in crisis. Childhood sicknesses from poor hygiene or unclean water often claim lives, so we’re also helping communities build sanitation and handwashing stations in households. Using our Unlock Literacy program, we’re reducing school dropout rates through better literacy and reading at home. Kids are growing up in peaceful and protected environments so they don’t have to deal with abuse or neglect at home or at school. Your support and local partners are strengthening existing systems to combat child abuse, early marriages, and violence in schools. Thousands of children are getting registered for birth certificates so they can access vital services like education and healthcare throughout their lives. These efforts mean kids are getting tools to transform their communities.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Uganda
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
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.
- We trained child protection committees on child rights and child abuse case management and empowered children through participation in child rights clubs and Day of the African Child. This annual event raises awareness about children's right to education.
- We established saving groups for parents of vulnerable children so these mothers and fathers could access credit to start small businesses and provide for the needs of their children.
- We worked with government agriculture agents to train farmers on increasing crop yields and storing harvests properly to protect them from insects and weather.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- We promoted hygiene and sanitation practices in homes and schools by partnering with communities to construct latrines, organize school hygiene clubs, and raise awareness about safe and healthy behaviors.
- Village health teams were trained to teach new mothers about healthy postnatal care and the best nutrition practices for young children.
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.
- Teachers were trained in topics such as early childhood development, reading skills, special education, and classroom management.
- We worked with community members to improve schools by building classrooms and latrines, as well as providing textbooks and locally relevant books for early readers.
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.
- Our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God's unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus.
Prayer Requests from Uganda
World Vision's staff in Uganda are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
A positive transformation in the lives of children and communities we work with.
We will continue having resources to serve the South Sudanese refugees.
News from Uganda
In times of crisis, World Vision establishes Child-Friendly Spaces where children can go and feel safe, begin recovering from trauma, and learn to play again. Read how play is crucial for children’s learning and recovery.
Child marriage is a violation of human rights. Marrying as a child compromises a girl’s development and severely limits her opportunities in life. Get the child marriage facts and learn how you can help end it.
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