Nicole Wetmore, a pastor from California, sponsored the child on her race bib at the Global 6K for Water in 2018. Because of her choice, an unforgettable moment was in store in her not even six months later.
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.
- Local leaders, parents, and community members in Uganda learned about child protection and how to respond to child abuse and violence against children in their communities, including how to report possible cases of abuse to local authorities.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Families in Uganda were trained on new agricultural techniques, including kitchen gardens, and introduced varieties of nutritious crops such as sweet potatoes.This approach intends to help increase access to nutritious foods through the year. Parents and children also learned nutritious ways to prepare the foods they grow at home.
- In Uganda, constructing new water facilities provided access to clean safe water and helps prevent waterborne diseases. In addition, children learned about sanitation, hygiene, and disease prevention at school.
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.
- Schools in Uganda benefited from new books written in the local language. Teachers were also trained in child-friendly teaching methods to improve literacy. To increase access to education, classrooms were constructed and renovated.
- In Uganda, adolescents learned the entrepreneurial and employment skills they need to start and manage their own businesses. Other adolescents participated in vocational training such as tailoring, hairdressing, and auto mechanics, to increase their capacity for self-sufficiency and income generation.
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
Chicago-based HOH Water Technology has a stake in the water game, but its president, Tom Hutchinson, also wants to help end the global water crisis through participation in the World Vision Global 6K for Water.
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