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Why World Vision is in Uganda
Uganda continues to experience relative internal stability, which makes the country attractive to refugees from nearby volatile countries. In 2018, Congolese people continued to flee from violence in their homeland into Uganda this year, and by the fall there were nearly 300,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the country. For similar reasons, some children are traveling alone from southern Sudan to find safety in Uganda from ethnic violence. In October, heavy rains triggered landslides that took many peoples’ lives. Low rainfall in the beginning of the growing season is expected to leave some people without enough food to last for the whole year. Thanks to the support of our donors and partners, we reached many vulnerable children and families in 2018. In response to natural disasters and refugee situations, our staff provided emergency relief to those who needed it most. Two new refugee settlements were opened in Western Uganda to provide care for the people fleeing violence in the DRC. The most vulnerable kids are being supported with programs in education, healthcare, sanitation and hygiene, and economic development, so they can build brighter futures for themselves.
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.
- World Vision trained community members in child rights and how to report violations against children. Similarly, children took part in forums where they discussed issues that affect them.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- More children are vaccinated from diseases. After being immunized through a medical outreach program, children are safer from preventable diseases.
- To encourage more nutritious and diverse diets, farming families received farming tools and improved agricultural practices. Parents also learned to grow vegetable gardens for their families.
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.
- Girls and boys were given the opportunity to improve their reading and arithmetic skills through resources such as new textbooks and instructional materials, including flashcards and learning charts. They were also given the opportunity to enroll in learning centers and participate in reading and writing competitions to improve their reading comprehension.
- To increase literacy rates among students, teachers were trained on new methodologies. They also learned positive discipline methods to provide a more effective learning environment for children.
Prayer Requests from Uganda
World Vision's staff in Uganda are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
The most vulnerable children in refugee areas to have basic needs and good foster care while they’re away from their families.
Children will value school and get access to good educations so they can learn how to read and write.
News from Uganda
Globally, girls in developing countries often miss school while on their periods. By missing class for up to a week each month, it often leads to them dropping out altogether. World Vision works with Sesame Workshop to help change that by teaching both boys and girls how to make hygienic reusable menstrual pads so girls can still attend class while on their periods.
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