Many of Uganda’s children and women live in chronic poverty and vulnerability. Integrated nutrition, education and livelihoods programs that address urgent needs help build a brighter tomorrow for children and their families.
CHILDREN AT RISK
7.5 million children are considered orphans or vulnerable children 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 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 – result 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 family members) are more likely to receive adequate nutrition, too.
SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN & WOMEN AT RISK
CFTC’s local partners take a holistic approach to development. Community-led programs incorporate direct supports delivered to 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 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.
Each year, CFTC provides well over a million meals to close to 10,000 school children.
17 school gardens supplement school food programs with fresh produce.
Thousands of farmers (6 out of 10 women) receive agricultural training, seeds, tools, livestock and other farm inputs each year.
425 VSLAs with more than 12,500 members (70% women) are operating, helping people borrow, save and earn income.
9,500 students – equal numbers of girls and boys – are enrolled in 16 primary schools. They receive new school supplies and equipment each year.
600 children are enrolled in three early childhood care and education centres, where they receive daily meals, school supplies and the support to go on to primary education.
Each year, we support ECCEs and primary schools to recruit and train teachers, operate strong PTAs, install water and sanitation facilities – for safe, clean and optimal learning environments.
CHILD RIGHTS EMPOWERMENT & DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (CEDO)
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 supports early childhood development programming.
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 Women and Children Welfare (UCOBAC)
UCOBAC is a non-partisan NGO based in Bugiri District, Uganda, and dedicated to promoting and improving the socio-economic welfare of vulnerable women and children. It uses community-based initiatives to alleviate poverty, support community empowerment and ensure people are able to exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
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 and building resilience to climate change through agricultural training.|
|Ongoing support for economic independence, especially for 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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