Uganda is hosting more than 123,000 South Sudanese fleeing civil war, most of whom are women and children. World Vision is responding with food, water, educational programs, and more for refugee camps in northern Uganda—an area still recovering from decades of conflict led by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a brutal militia believed responsible for 100,000 deaths and the abduction of 60,000 children. In 2015, a former LRA commander was the first member of the rebel group to come before the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Protecting children is among our top priorities in Uganda, where children too often suffer neglect, sexual abuse, and violence. In rural areas, 33 percent of girls are married by age 15. Local churches have been key partners in our efforts to stop harmful practices such as early marriage and to strengthen systems for peace and protection of children. Through our Uganda Christian Witness Program, we have engaged with 401 churches over the past five years to serve people in need and have trained 2,777 pastors and church leaders in theology and children’s ministry.
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.
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for
by their families, and participating in their communities
as agents of transformation.
Community members and local leaders were trained in child protection and advocacy to help them identify and address issues affecting children.
To help families better provide for their children, we trained farmers in methods for increasing crop yields and formed savings groups to improve access to basic financial services.
Working with VisionFund Uganda, World Vision increased loans to rural communities that typically suffer from chronic food shortages, lack assets, and often do not qualify for loans from traditional lending institutions. Affordable loans helped farmers buy improved seed varieties, machinery, and irrigation equipment to increase production.
We increasingly targeted female clients, particularly with water pumps and irrigation equipment, because women often spend so much time collecting water for their families every day.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished,
protected from infection and disease, and have access to
essential health services.
We improved access to clean water by constructing pipelines, borehole wells, and water tanks, while also working with communities to strengthen their water management and maintenance systems.
Village health teams were trained to run community nutrition programs and to educate families on crucial health and nutrition topics.
Radio Distance Learning brought health education to 872 village health team members.
The number of pregnant women who delivered at a health center increased by 51 percent between 2014 and 2015.
We empowered communities to better their health and well-being with life-saving clean water, as well as safe sanitation and hygiene to prevent water-related illness.
We installed new wells and water points, rehabilitated existing wells, and built sanitation and handwashing facilities.
Families, schools, and health centers reported better health among community members, thanks to a decrease in open defecation and the use of household latrines.
We worked with Uganda's ministries and local government to decrease HIV prevalence among government workers from 9.3 percent to just 2 percent. Stigma related to HIV decreased by 24 percent.
We distributed half a million nets in two districts, and saw net usage increase among children under age 5 and pregnant women by 47.5 and 94 percentage points respectively. Initial findings indicate a 25 percent reduction in malaria parasitemia in the communities.
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.
School management committees and Parent Teacher Associations were trained on their roles and responsibilities. These groups have been active in monitoring and supporting teachers, raising materials and support from communities for improving school infrastructure, and starting school lunch programs.
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.
We trained Sunday school teachers in children’s ministry and helped school teachers facilitate spiritual nurture clubs for kids.
Tens of thousands of children are participating in discipleship and values education. A study done in 20 of our program areas showed that the number of children expressing a sense of spiritual well-being grew from 26 percent to 64 percent over the last five years of participating in World Vision programs.
Prayer Requests from Uganda
World Vision's staff in Uganda are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Young people who were abducted by the LRA as children and are now struggling to reintegrate into society.
Safe communities where children can play, learn, and live without fear.
This World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, families and health workers are celebrating that child HIV rates dropped 60 percent between 2009 and 2015 in 21 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This is great news because it shows efforts are working, says Gloria Ekpo, World Vision’s HIV and AIDS specialist.