Challenges Facing Uganda

Ugandan children suffer from entrenched poverty and ongoing effects of HIV/AIDS.

7.5 million children are categorized as “orphans or vulnerable children” (OVCs). They live at risk of poverty, child labour, and the increasing threat of child abductions and trafficking. HIV/AIDS has resulted in more women- and child-headed households. With fewer income-generating opportunities, these families are unable to purchase food, attend or send children to school or secure adequate healthcare. The agricultural sector struggles with drought, inefficient production, and poor food storage and distribution, which results in food insecurity for many.
CFTC Beneficiaries 17,714 children and 8,851 adults

Where We Are Going

School children in Uganda

Warm smiles from children at Bugiri Public School sponsored by HUYSLINCI, Entebbe, Uganda © CFTC 2011

Reducing the burden of poverty today. Creating opportunities for the future.

In Uganda, CFTC focuses on achieving long-term, sustainable improvements in the following areas:

Community-based health care support, hygiene training, home improvements, and income generation for HIV/AIDS-affected families. Early childhood and primary education, improved educational infrastructure and greater access to education (especially for girls) through community sensitization on child rights. Food security through agriculture-based livelihood opportunities, especially for women, and microfinance programs such as community-led Village Savings and Loans Associations.

How We Are Getting There

Programs that provide comfort, care and sustainable livelihoods to Ugandan families.

Agricultural Training

CFTC’s local partners support increased agricultural yields, dietary diversity and household income by distributing tools and providing training on farming techniques. The program includes training women and men on the value of good nutrition for the entire household, especially children, and how to grow and harvest produce from kitchen gardens for family consumption.

Microfinance Programs

CFTC supports Village Savings & Loans Associations along with other income-generating programs primarily targeted to HIV/AIDS-affected households and women-headed households. These build women’s economic potential and self-confidence, resulting in stronger and healthier families and communities.

Education, Nutrition & Healthcare through Child Sponsorship

In Kampala, Masindi, Bugiri and Entebbe, CFTC’s local partners deliver integrated support for children within their families and communities through child sponsorship-funded education, nutrition and healthcare.

Community-based support for HIV/AIDS-affected families

Community volunteers work to provide counselling, hygiene training, preventative and remedial health care and referrals, and livelihood support to hundreds of families located in Bugiri District, Eastern Uganda.

A parent speaks at a group meeting. Engaging parents and the community is vital for sustainable change.

A parent speaks at a group meeting in Uganda. Engaging parents and the community is vital for sustainable change.

Partners In Change

Local partners supporting health and wellness for Ugandans.

Child Rights Empowerment & Development Organization (CEDO) is located in Masindi District and focuses on advocacy, basic education and life skills training initiatives for vulnerable children and their families. CEDO distributes scholastic material, trains caregivers in agricultural techniques and early childhood development programming, and provides insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

HuysLink Community Initiative (HUYSLINCI) is located in Entebbe and Wakiso District and its mission is to contribute to the protection, survival and development of vulnerable children. HUYSLINCI supports primary education, early childhood care and development, teacher training, and agricultural programs that help women-led families gain economic empowerment. They also facilitate education and nutrition workshops for caregivers, local leaders and health workers.

Uganda Community-Based Association for Child Welfare (UCOBAC) is located in Bugiri District and provides home-based-care kits and a team of volunteers who conduct home visits to HIV/AIDS-affected families. Their integrated approach includes supporting health and hygiene; income generation via agricultural initiatives, home gardens, sheep, chickens and goats; and educational initiatives, including community education on child rights, stigma and other issues related to HIV/AIDS.

How You Can Help Children In Uganda

See Change In Action In Uganda

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