Last spring, Patricia Heaton visited and helped cook for South Sudanese refugees as they arrived on their long journey from war-torn South Sudan into Northern Uganda. Inspired by her trip and providing that first warm meal to welcome the newcomers, Patricia guest blogs about a recipe for winter corn chowder.
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.
- 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:
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.
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