Can you really imagine what it must be like for a child living in Uganda? There is a little boy called Wasswa, who lives with his Aunt in her 1 room house behind our Primary School. Their toilet is a hole in the ground. He is 4 years old. Every day is the same for him. He gets up, gets washed, collects water from the well, works in the field, does chores around the house and has very little time to play or anything to play with. The video above gives us a glimpse of what everyday life is like for him and many other children.
Uganda has the largest orphan population per capita of any country in the world and is home to around 8 million orphans and vulnerable children whose families have been devastated by HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty or political unrest.
The life of a child in Uganda can be a pretty miserable one. 1 in 6 children don't live to see their 5th birthday and life can be very tough for those who doA child's life should be full of joy and hope, but most of these children do not know that. Many are born into poverty, many experience violence and have no hope for a better future. Children represent 56% of the population, which equates to around 20 million children.
Around 8 million children live in poverty and more than 2 million children are seriously under nourished. More than 300 children die every day in Uganda. Many children do not have the chance of an education but out of those who do, only 40% of students are literate when they leave primary school and only 1 in 4 children are capable enough to move onto secondary school. Nearly 50% of women get married as children and 1 in 4 teenage girls become pregnant or have a child.
These children are the future of Uganda and we want to help in whatever small way we can. We are a small charity with big ambitions and a lot of love for these children. We can't change Uganda and we can't help every child in need, but we want to make a difference in every child's life that we come into contact with. We want to help these children and their families to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination have put in their way.
Through disease prevention, access to clean water, access to healthcare, nutritious food, hygiene awareness, HIV/AIDS care, education, literacy classes, community activities, weekend clubs, we are giving these children and members of their community a better future and putting some joy back into their lives!