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Children under the age of 18 years
constitute 57.4% of Uganda’s
30.7 million people (Uganda National Strategic Programme plan of intervention
for orphans and other vulnerable children 2011/12-2015/16 report). Despite
children representing a significant majority of Uganda’s population, they are the
most vulnerable groups. Of Uganda’s
31% under the poverty threshold, 62% are children. The OVC situation analysis
report 2010 places the level of vulnerability among the children in Uganda at 96%.
The high level of vulnerability is largely attributed to poverty and HIV and
To give the overview of the
magnitude of child vulnerability in Uganda, children constitute 57.4 percent
of then UNHS (Uganda National Housing Survey) 2009/2010. Uganda’s total
population is now approximately 34 million people, prompting us to think that
the percentage of vulnerable children has increased with the general increase
in total population. The 2009/2010 report estimated 17.1 million children below
the age of 18 years of whom 14% (2.43 million) have been orphaned, 45.6% of the
orphans are due to HIV and AIDS and 105,000 children between the ages of 0-14
are HIV positive.
Approximately 51% (8.1 million
children) are either critically or moderately vulnerable, while 63% live with caregivers
other than their biological parents. Currently, at least one of in every four
households has an orphan, and 3 million children live below poverty line. The HIV
and AIDS Epidemiological Surveillance Report, MoH (Ministry of Health) shows
that a total of 120,000 children (0-14) had died of AIDS related complications,
while the number of those living with HIV and AIDS is 42,140.
Rubirizi district that houses Hope
for Mothers and Children Agency (HOMACA) is located in South Western Uganda
which has 98.1% total vulnerability. (OVC situation Analysis Report, Ministry
of Gender, Labour and Social Development, 2010)
HOMACA was formed in 2009 and
registered with district local government to obtain a registration certificate
in 2012 to strengthen its operations.
HOMACA is doing work to improve the
livelihood of children and young mothers in the District, with focus on four
main areas of Education, Health, child legal protection and Nutrition support
among the vulnerable families.
HOMACA has been successful in
implementing its activities through partnerships with other Community Based
Organizations (CBO’s) that are doing related work in other parts of the country.
Cases in point are; THRIVE Uganda
and COVOID operating in Kalungu and Rubirizi Districts respectively.
However HOMACA is facing challenges
in various areas, but these ones need to be addressed urgently;
Despite of such challenges, we are
committed to transform communities to better and improved livelihoods.
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websites include: U.S.-based 4Girls GLocal Leadership
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Here is an article about Pro Bono [Website] Designs for
Non-Profits and Charities, Part
1 and Part
2, which might give you a few ideas as well.
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