Uganda - Africa
Life in rural areas is extremely challenging in Uganda. The climate means that droughts are common, so food availability is uncertain. Only 38% of Ugandans have access to safe drinking water and over 50% of people survive on less than $1.25 a day.
With a HIV prevalence rate of 16%, Uganda has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world. 150,000 children live with the disease, despite attempts to lower the cases of mother-to-child transmission.
Children in Uganda
Nearly three million children in Uganda have lost one or both parents, around half due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. Due to a number of factors, including war, natural disasters, civil strife and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, it is estimated that 42,000 children head households. An estimated 10,000 children roam the streets of Ugandan cities, scavenging and begging in order to survive.
The under-five mortality rate is 128 per 1,000 live births, as many preventable diseases infect young children and medical care both at birth and in infancy is often not available.
Our work in Uganda
We began work on the first Ugandan community in 1988 in Kakiri, a small market town in the Lowero triangle. The area was chosen because this part of Uganda suffered most from the war in 1986 which virtually destroyed the town's infrastructure. SOS Children's Village Kakiri has 13 family houses for 130 orphaned and abandoned children.
Our second SOS Children's Village opened in 2003 in Entebbe, the country's second largest city. It has 12 family houses for 120 children. It also has lots of grassy areas for the children to play together, as well as trees to shelter the houses from the heat.
SOS Children’s Village Fort Portal opened in 2010 and consists of twelve family houses to care for approximately 120 children.
Family Strenghtening Programmes
In 2009 an SOS Family Strengthening Programme was started in Fort Portal. About 1,600 children and their family members benefit from this programme per year.
Over 6,000 patients are treated each year at the SOS Medical Centre in Kakir. This Centre offers HIV/AIDS support to those infected with the virus, and runs AIDS prevention workshops in the community and in schools. 480 children and their families in Kakiri also benefit from our Family Strengthening Programme. This programme exists to increase the capability of struggling families to care for their children, thus preventing child abandonment. We provide school fees, food packages, counselling and skills training to caregivers so they can earn money and support their children in the long-term.
SOS Children’s Village of Uganda Trust
Tel: +256/414/322247, +256/414/322249