Uganda’s children and women live in a chronic state of poverty and vulnerability. We implement sustainable programs that address urgent nutrition, education and livelihoods needs — alleviating suffering today and building a brighter tomorrow for at-risk children and their families.
7.5 million children are categorized as “orphans or vulnerable children” (OVCs) in Uganda. They live at risk of poverty, child labour, and the increasing threat of child abductions and trafficking.
Conflict and HIV/AIDS have led to 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 even the basic necessities.
The agricultural sector struggles with drought, inefficient production, and poor food storage and distribution, which – in combination with the cumulative effects of poverty – results in food insecurity for many.
Uganda’s school feeding programs, delivered through early childhood care centres and primary schools, are vital to ensure that children are well-nourished during the day. Daily nutritious meals give children the energy to concentrate and learn in school, and also provide an incentive to attend school. School meals offer parents and caregivers peace of mind knowing that children are not going hungry, and mean that those at home (younger children or other vulnerable family members) are more likely to receive adequate nutrition, too.
SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN & WOMEN
CFTC’s local partners take a holistic approach to development. Community-led programs incorporate direct supports delivered to vulnerable children through early childhood care centres and primary schools (educational supplies, school food programs), many of which are funded through child sponsorship. These community- and region-wide integrated programs connect income generation and capacity building for parents with children’s education and nutrition.
Innovative agricultural programs promote increased yields, dietary diversity, and household income by distributing tools, providing training on farming techniques, and empowering women to earn income through livestock and other home-based businesses. 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.
Village Savings & Loans Associations and other income-generating programs, primarily targeted to women-headed households, build economic potential and self-confidence and result in stronger and healthier families and communities.
EARLY CHILDHOOD AND PRIMARY EDUCATION
We fund schools, support teacher and parent/guardian training, increase capacity for self-governance, build, renovate and supply equipment for classrooms, and install water and sanitation facilities – especially critical to attract and keep girls in school. We also support child-led peer and community advocacy, to engage children, families and communities in awareness-raising of the value and importance of children’s education.
In 2015 CFTC provided 2.08 million meals and snacks to 9,476 children.
14 school gardens supplement school food programs with fresh produce.
1,336 farmers (60% women) received training and 737 received seeds, tools, livestock and other inputs.
361 VSLAs are assisting 10,381 members (70% women) to borrow, save and earn income.
9,032 students are enrolled in 14 primary schools and receive new school supplies and equipment each year.
444 children are enrolled in three early childhood care and education centres.
Four classrooms were renovated, and two schools received new water and sanitation facilities.
CHILD RIGHTS EMPOWERMENT & DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (CEDO)
Child Rights Empowerment & Development Organization (CEDO) is located in Masindi District and focuses on advocacy, basic education and li fe 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)
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)
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.
The team for Uganda
JESS HUDSON HUM-ANTONOPOULOS
Program Technical Advisor
|Early childhood and primary education, improved educational infrastructure and greater access to education (especially for girls) through community sensitization on child rights and ongoing support for quality learning environments, trained teachers, and improved school health and hygiene facilities.|
|Encouraging parental involvement in PTAs and School Management Committees, and continuing to empower parents with information and training to improve children’s health and development.|
|Increased food security through agriculture-based livelihood opportunities, especially for women. Higher crop yields, confronting the challenges of climate change, through agricultural training and building community resilience.|
|Ongoing support for economic independence, especially for vulnerable women-headed families, through microfinance programs such as community-led Village Savings and Loans Associations.|
I want to be a science teacher. I love the way teachers conduct themselves. They respect themselves and help to teach children from poor families. That’s what I want to be like. Teachers are important because they educate children who later become important people in the country.Leila, Student, aspiring science teacherHow You Can Help
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