Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry - Uganda
About the Centre
Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry is home away from home, the orphanage Centre was established to settle the street children, abandoned and neglected children, orphans without any care. Kasese town has many cases of vulnerable children who have ended up on streets or on cabbage places and gardens abandoned by their parents. The orphanage takes full responsibility of these children by providing medical care, food, education, clothing and beddings and shelter. Additional to that the orphanage centre also offers psychosocial support to reduce stigma associated with these children.
The orphanage centre would like people to sponsor a child, contribute towards shelter, medical care, education, clothing and beddings, food and general welfare.
Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry P.O.Box 619 Kasese Uganda East Africa
Tel: +256-772-965-381 / +256-752-965-381
Contact Person: Pastor Rich Friday
‘’To empower neglected and abandoned children’’
Mission:’’ To improve the well-being of orphans and vulnerable children at the orphanage centre’’
To care and support for neglected and abandoned children
To provide education support to orphans and vulnerable children at the orphanage centre
To improve the health of orphans and vulnerable children at the orphanage centre in Kasese, Uganda and entire Africa as a whole.
Purchase of beddings and clothes for vulnerable children at the orphanage centre
Provision of food and shelter
Alternative care for neglected and abandoned children
Training of staff and community on care and support
Support the school with books and better qualified teachers
Provision of scholastic materials and uniforms
Provision of fees (child sponsorship )
Skills development for children in upper classes
Recreation activities for vulnerable children
Psychosocial care and support for vulnerable children at the orphanage centre
Establishment of a clinic at the centre
Provide preventive health care for children
Information on health, hygiene and nutrition and ARV therapy for those living HIV/AIDS positively
Training health care workers to provide user friendly services for vulnerable children at the orphanage centre.
The orphanage centre faces challenges of feeding the children and it is even worse with the inflation hitting Uganda today, the children also lack what to dress and beddings, they need clothes, beddings, shelter and medical care. Remember a health child a health mind. These children are abandoned because their parents /guardians can not afford the basic needs, therefore ran away from responsibilities. Other children are born orphans for instance a child is born and a mother dies, then when the father marries other women, they are subjected to domestic violence and torture. Other children are abandoned by their parents for instance there was a boy from Bundibugyo district who had been abandoned by her mother at the market place and this boy ended in KaseseDistrict. He hardly know his home since he was still of an early age (6 years) .Such Children end up on street on absolutely nothing. The country has not done much for such children, it’s only the organizations that are trying to protect them and provide basic needs in an institutionalized setting. Apart from that children need a conducive environment for them to play and enjoy all their rights like their counter parts.
PROJECT PROPOSAL PROFILE
Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry
LOCATION OF THE PROJECT:
COUNTY: Busongora south
Hope Church Of Christ
Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry
Rwenzori Street, plot number 45 P.o.Box 619 Kasese Uganda East Africa.
NAME: Apostle Rich Friday
TITLE: General overseer
ADDRESS: P.o.Box 319 Kasese Uganda
PROJECT DURATION: 5 years
DATE OF SUBMISSION: FEBRUARY 2009
At the beginning of 2002, some of the concerned men and women of the Hope Church of Christ carried out a quick situation analysis regarding the plight of orphans and other vulnerable people.
Realizing that the orphan’s challenges were big, a decision was made to initiate “Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry” by Hope Church Of Christ, So as to educate and treat them well. This is to advocate and lobby for the assistance of the orphans and other vulnerable people like people living with disabilities, women, and widows, people living with HIV/AIDS to offer assistance.
Some of the orphans and other vulnerable people’s challenges discovered and indicated that despite government efforts to integrate these people in the development process, orphans and other vulnerable people in Kasese District remained vulnerable to the pending of poverty, illiteracy and ignorance. These vulnerable people have experienced disasters ranging from civil wars, (ADF 1996-2002), cholera, malaria and HIV/AIDS. These calamities have claimed quite a number of people lives. Hence many orphans left.
Rukoki in Kasese town council in Busongora county found in Kasese district in the western part of Uganda is highly populated with many orphans and other vulnerable people where Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry is located along the Kasese- fort-portal highway just on the foot hills of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Kasese District would have been fair in economic development had it not experienced insurgency of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) which attacked the District from 1996 – 2002. As a result of the insurgency many people lost their lives and properties and the survivors about 50% of the population lived in protected camps.
Now that peace has returned to the region, the district leadership with the support from the central government development partners and civil society organizations continue to support all innovations and projects for poverty eradication in the district. As much as government is trying to help orphans and other vulnerable people, the orphans are too many and suffering in terms of lacking basic needs that the Government cannot afford satisfying their needs all together.
As a result, most of these vulnerable people have ended up being victims of HIV/AIDS, thieves, drug abuse, street children and more seriously, the fear that they may be hired to join rebel groups like ADF etc.
Kasese District has suffered a massive displacement in the settlement partners. This was caused by the ADF armed conflict, which swept off the District from 1996-2002. There were frequent troop movements in the area who developed sexual relationships with most people leaving their lives endangered. Also redundancy precipitated most people particularly the youth to include them selves in sexual promiscuity that exposed them to contracting HIV/AIDS hence many orphans and other vulnerable people. Other calamities that led to many orphans and other vulnerable people include among others; frequent cholera out break, malaria fever in the District that has killed many people leaving many orphans helpless.
As a result, most of the children became unruly and independent from their guardians because they missed parental guidance in different aspects of life. Many of these children have indulged in immoral acts such as drug abuse, early marriages, which have resulted into the contraction of HIV/AIDS.
The Universal Primary education (UPE) programme, which is being implemented by the Government of Uganda to provide basic education to all age undergoing school children. However, other social funds requested at UPE Schools like, construction funds are still a failure for orphans and other vulnerable people to attain education. This necessitated the well to do parents and guardians to have better access to UPE schools. Thus needy children have had no chances of this programme and have been left there to suffer locally. That is why the “Hope Church Of Christ” came out with an idea of initiating a nursery and primary school for the orphans and other vulnerable children to address their problems.
To preach a complete gospel of Jesus Christ, which will care for the spiritual, health, physical and emotional needs of the people in our community and beyond, be a leading education and sustainable development service provider.
(a) Man has a need to know Jesus Christ and accept Him as a personal savior
(b) Man has a need to live a healthy live.
(c) Man has a need to have shelter, food, education and clothing.
(d) Man has a need to have a good relationship with God and others in the community.
To win many souls to Jesus Christ and help them achieve the increased household incomes that would lead to access of social services, so that they may prosper in all things and be in health just as soul prospers as they prepare to do what God called them for.
To win souls to Jesus Christ through the preaching of the gospel and seminars.
To promote health services by working hand in hand with medical personnel (Health workshops and seminars)
To promote community awareness of the killer diseases such as malaria, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS and how to prevent and avoid them.
To care and support the elderly, disabled and other vulnerable people.
To encourage community development through capacity building.
To assist people who are infected by HIV/AIDS through counseling, caring for physical needs, providing education for children living with HIV/AIDS, orphans and other vulnerable people.
To promote youth groups by empowering them with life skills to avoid STDs, premarital sexual relationships, earlier marriages and earlier pregnancies, effects of abortion which could put them at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS.
To promote Godly moral ethics and integrity among the community through radio programs and seminars.
To provide education to those who never got a chance to join school at earlier age.
To promote women empowerment through helping them to have self-help projects.
To enhance affirmative education of people living with disabilities (PWDS).
To train about 20 councilors and other staff who will help in the work to see that the vision is fulfilled.
To encourage promotion of the environment through nursery bed management and tree planting and water and soil conservation within the community.
EXPECTED OUT COMES:
Many people will be added to the body of Jesus Christ as a family of God.
Health services shall be improved among the community.
Reduced chances of contracting HIV/AIDS and many children whose parents have died of HIV/AID will have access to education.
Women shall have Godly characters and will contribute on their family financial plans hence the community will achieve stable families and marriages.
Wives and husbands will be able to unite to fight the diseases and poverty hence health will be promoted.
Divorce will be reduced in the community, which will reduce single parents leading to children able to live in a protected environment.
The number of people who are suffering from social rejection will be reduced.
Those who are suffering from coronial diseases caused by relationships shall be restored.
Youth will be empowered with skills, which will help prevent and reduce on chances of contracting HIV/AIDS.
There will be food security as well as poverty reduction due to improved moral ethics among the communities.
People will be accessed with safe water and soil facility will be maintained.
The planning for the year 2008 – 2013 undertook a long process, which began right from the community level, local churches to the head office of Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry.
The steps taken include, village constitution, local church consultation followed by District or Community meetings and last by the executive of Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry, planning team which merged all Districts and community working groups plan into Hope For Vulnerable Children ministry five years rolling development plan.
The plans in churches grouped together, then at the head office were documented after discussion and were approved by respective councils.
The implementation of Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry activities and projects are based on Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry for five years rolling development plan, which is a legal requirement by all Hope Church Of Christ Churches.
This shall be in line with accessing donor funds and programs as well as a location of the sources to the community as a whole. The intention of documentation of this plan therefore is to have a guide for proper location of resources and implementation of organizations and Government activities. Different stakeholders have taken part in the development of this plan including the born again Christian community and the Non-Christians, marginalized groups, a song on the objectives started below.
To make the community believe in our Lord Jesus Christ and also become disciples of Jesus Christ.
To sensitize the community about the killer diseases and how to avoid them.
To ensure vulnerable groups benefits equally from Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry projects.
To promote community participation in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation for sustainability of the projects.
HOPE FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN MINISTRY PROFILE:
Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry is a Christian NGO which a Non-profit making organization with CBO. Certificate No. 365 CBO.
The general council is the supreme board of the organization.
Management is rested in the executive committee.
Board of trustees is in charge of Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry.
The general overseer is the head of the project.
Local church councils monitor organization projects at the village level assisted by Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry field officers.
Wherever derived shall be used salary for the promotion of the organization objectives as shown below.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY:
Hope For Vulnerable Children ministry executive committee sets guidelines to be followed and will administer the funds and oversight the projects. The project director is the overall accounting officer of the organization assisted by projects officers. The project director will help the executive to see the goals are scored. Finances before given out shall be in hands of the treasurer, later on it shall be handed over to the project director who will implement projects.
STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THE SITUATIONS:
These programs shall be emphasized in the community where projects shall be established.
Kasese town is located in the western part of Uganda, lying of lake George. It originally grew around the copper mine in Kilembe, while attention later turned to Cobalt mining. The town lies at the western end of the Uganda railway to Kampala and Tororo and it’s also a home to an airport. The city is known for its nightlife and lies near the Rwenzori Mountain and Queen Elizabeth National Park and it is also the chief town of Kasese District. It borders districts of Kabarole District and Bundibugyo District in the North, lake George and Kamwenge District in the East, Lake Edward and Bushenyi District in the South and Democratic Republic Of Congo in the West. It lies between latitude 00 12S and 00 12N, longitudes 290 42E and 300 degrees 18W.
There are two major rainy seasons throughout the year with an average rainfall ranging between 9000 - 1600MM annually between March to May and August to November. The temperatures are usually high ranging between 230 C and 300 C as a result of the equator that passes the Southern part of the District.
Kasese District has an approximate population of 890000 people. It is a multi-ethnic District with many different ethnic backgrounds. The Bakonzo dominate the area. The other includes, Batoro, Basongora, Banyankole, Bakiga and some distinctive Northerners that came during the mining period among others. Lhukonzo is the dominant language used. However, some other languages like kiswahili, Lutoro, Luganda, English and French mixed with some Lingala due to the Congolese interactions are used.
The vegetation includes thicket grasslands and other physical and artificial features such as rivers and mountains among others.
Kasese is endowed with a variety of social economic resources that is minerals such as salt in Lake Katwe, Copper in Kilembe, Cobalt in Kamaiba, Cement in Hima and Lime in Muhokya among others. Despite all these, Kasese is predominantly agriculture relying on farming for employment and income. Cash crops, food crops and livestock are all practiced at small and large scale. Cash crops in the area include cotton and coffee; food crops include cassava, Bananas, maize and beans among others while livestock includes, goats, cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry among others. Fishing is also common as given the number of lakes and rivers in the area. Agriculture and trade are the major activities in Kasese District.
Hope for Vulnerable children Ministry realized a need to reach the community with a gospel of salvation in a holistic way that will bring transformation in changing the spiritual and social economic problems such as poverty, diseases (Malaria, HIV/AIDS etc.) ignorance, street children, alcoholism, drug abuse, pornography, sexual promiscuity and other unchristian practices like ancestral worship, child abuse, earlier marriages for girl child, orphans among others. Hence calling to save the love and passion of our master and savior Jesus Christ to our community and have realized a need to share the gospel of good new in a holistic way. Due to the stated problems, the traumatized, the helpless, the rejected, the wounded, the depressed and the broken hearted tend to reject the love of God. Hence a need to reach these people through evangelism. Due to poor conditions they live in, the community members cannot support they pastor who have a burden to preach to the next villages. The high levels of illiteracy in the village are a challenge hence pastors need training because many lack theological education, so seminars and crusades are helpful to such villages.
UNIQUE DISTRICTS DIFFERENCES:
1. ADOPTION OF IMPROVED/MODERN FARMING PRACTICES.
Bushenyi District is ranged number one by with 20% of the farmers who have improved their farms, 80% are still under development. Kabarole District is generally with unimproved methods while Kasese District has 10% improved methods and 90% unimproved methods. Bundibugyo generally with poor or unimproved farming methods, this affected the market outputs.
The constructions of roads in some of these Districts have been poor due to some obstacles within a particular District. The size of the population of the people who travel, the land scale or land information has also disturbed the construction of roads. So feeder roads are generally poor and in some sub-counties are not yet there.
3. LITERACY LEVELS IN DISTRICTS:
The number of families with formal education in all Districts in the western part of Uganda is the ones doing well in education. But the ones from poor families, which are the majority, are failing due to the economy, which is not favoring the poor. Parents have no income yet school fees are increasing. Even universal primary education is not free as this started. The born again Christians population in these Districts are poorest groups in the community hence a concern for education. Some of the potters stopped in lower primary while others have never steps in lower primary schools. The churches to these potters serve are unable to serve these potters hence are they are unable to support their children’s education.
4. FOOD SECURITY.
Most households in the western part of Uganda are vulnerable to food security compared to their sister Districts where they grow cereal crops, which can be preserved for good months. However, the annual crop yields depend on the labor force at household level, convenience of weather conditions per season, good health of farmers and reverse of all the above-mentioned ways lead to food insecurity.
PROGRAMS OF THE ORGANIZATION:
Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry will enhance on nutrition and fight on malnutrition in the communities where we are operating and where we reach by the support we get from funders who will come to support these projects. These projects store for developing a child’s right from the times it develops in the womb up to six year such that is prepared enough both physically in terms of fitness and mentally before he/she joins primary education.
2. COMMUNITY HIV/AIDS INITIATIVE:
Hope Vulnerable Children Ministry has programs targeting at creating awareness on malaria and HIV/AIDS control measures in our communities and support through counseling caring for physical needs and spiritual needs. In these Districts most people have been affected and infected by HIV/AIDS epidemic. At least whoever has not lost a family member has lost a relative, subsequently leading to orphans, widows, widowers and child headed families to an increase, labor regardless of age, reduced household manpower, high rates of child dropouts. This has led to a vicious cycle of poverty.
Men take women as one of their properties and thus are denied many opportunities such as education and health. Husbands load their wives with many responsibilities, which cause them restless, shortness, their lifespan. It is well known that in community participation females contributes the biggest percentage towards development. This is evidenced when one looks right from child bearing, household work and community work. Some men use their wives income for buying drinks and some use it to marry more than one wife. This is due to lack of Godliness in their lives.
4. MORAL ETHICS:
God fearing people can make a God fearing community without corruption, injustice, laziness, prostitution and marital disorders. Moral ethics is an essential behavior/ discipline in our society. When it is observed and mentioned, you find that people have quite and peaceful lives within community. Lacks of moral ethics have caused diseases, wars and poverty.
5. ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN:
There has been deforestation of natural forests bordering the District of Bushenyi, Kabarole District and Bundibugyo by pit sawyers, charcoal burners and even by community while cutting poles for house construction and firewood. A lot of sensitization about the importance and proper utilization of natural resources and environmental management practices are needed. There is also need to equip the community with skills of tree planting and soil conservation.
INDICATORS OF POVERTY:
Here farmers use low quality seeds that later results into low yields. If quality seeds are planted at a wrong time of the season, it leads to low yields, poor quality harvest and fetch low incomes. The some with livestock, which leads to poor breed hence low incomes. Most farmers do not keep records because of illiteracy and this does not give them chances to recognize of their loses or gains/benefits.
2. POOR HEALTH
Malaria and other killer diseases cause frequent sickness among the community members to almost 90% of the sick people. This displaces sick people, therefore reducing household labor force inputs leading to reduced yield, poor health due to poor nutrition.
3. REDUCED SOIL FERTILITY
This has been limited for instance deep in the villages of Kasese District and some parts where the few farmers who have been involved practice poor farming types, cannot attract the business men from big towns. Also due to poor roads, it is not easy to attract buyers.
Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry will work with other development organizations in provision organizational, technical as well as financial support. However; the emphasize of partnership will be focused on developing the organizational capacity building to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate activities that leads to environmental management and sustainable development.
This with the effective organizational set up in place, the Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry will utilize such capacity to net work, mobilize resources and fundraise else where for continued existence; as other development organizations (NGOS/CBOS) fund the project for the capacity building as far as construction of the project premises, payments of salaries and other programs in the institutions are concerned.
The skills given to these children will be self-sustainable
SPECIFIC AND RELEVANT INFORMATION THAT LED TO IDENTIFICATION OF PRIORITY PROJECTS.
- There were several factors put into consideration in identifying projects as follows:-
- A call to preach a complete gospel of Jesus Christ, which care for spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the people.
- Frequent sickness and death among the people especially due to malarial and HIV/AIDS epidemic.
- Increased number of orphans and vulnerable children as a result of killer diseases such as HIV/AIDS, who need education counseling and rehabilitation.
- A lot of broken and wounded families, social immoral and self-rejection within the community.
- Reduced people income at household levels.
- Crop and animal production yields decline seen from increase insecurity at household level.
- Realized high levels of illiteracy in adults and elderly were a big concern and a benchmark for selection of projects that would address people needs basing on the strength and opportunities they are endowed.
Availability of pastors to preach the gospel.
Lack of enough Biblical knowledge and support.
False religions on rapid growth.
Assistance of moral ethics counseling.
Social and self-rejection.
Corruption and injustice
Local churches preach the gospel.
Vulnerable children and orphans.
Civil wars in community
Limited labor force at household level.
Use of unimproved training methods and seeds.
Enough cultivated land.
Uncontrollable crop diseases.
Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry offices.
Inadequate accommodation for staff. Inadequate office equipments.
Security is ensured.
Room for expansion.
Extension of education to orphans and vulnerable people.
Lack of education funds.
Enough land for school construction.
Availability of trained teachers.
Assistance of extension staff.
Low turn up in meetings.
The project will be to care for orphans and vulnerable people; the project area will be in Kasese District in the western part of Uganda.
The objectives of the project are:
To promote education of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and needy children.
Voluntary counseling and testing of people especially children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
To promote sensitization of the community and children in schools about HIV/AIDS causes, effects, control measures and accessibility to anti-retrievals therapy services to already infected children.
To establish education center for the needy children and orphans.
To promote the love of God to both orphans and needy children and their families.
To promote youth programs which will empower them with skills that leads to sustainable development.
To create awareness to address the need for gender responsive behavior towards girl child education.
Promote environmental protection and conservation of natural resources.
The proposed project implementation will be five years April 2008-2013 and shall be renewable. The project will be accomplished through trainings, caring for children’s fees and spiritual needs. The project is undertaken to improve the economic social and spiritual lives of the community.
OBJECTIVES AGAINST VERIFIABLE INDICATORS.
1. Promote education for HIV/AIDS orphaned and needy children.
Children will acquire education, knowledge and skills.
2. Create awareness about HIV/AIDS and STDS prevention and how to avoid them.
1500 children will be accessed with education, counseling and testing seminars and workshops will be carried out.
Accessibility to ARVS to those found positive.
3. To promote gender awareness towards education of girl child.
More girls will be accessed with education.
Community will be sensitized through seminars to promote gender.
Women will be involved in administrative structure.
4. Care for spiritual needs of orphans and needy children.
Children will appreciate the love of God while they are disciplined by the word of God by giving testimonies.
Be committed to serve God.
Children’s fellowship will increase.
5. Promote environmental protection and conservation of natural resources.
Each child will be encouraged to plant trees especially fruits.
Soil erosion will be controlled and soil fertility maintained.
Establishment of nursery beds to serve the general public and beneficiaries.
EXPECTED OUT COME.
Ø 1500 children will be accessed with formal education.
Ø The level of illiteracy in the western Uganda will be reduced.
Ø Children involved will be healed from traumatic pain caused by the death of their parents and the suffering they have passed through.
Ø Children will receive salvation and the love of God.
Ø The rate of people infected by HIV/AIDS will be reduced.
Ø There will be improved nutrition status amongst the children and their families.
Ø Improved household incomes.
Ø There will be maintenance of soil fertility and prevention of soil erosion.
PRELIMINARY FEASIBILITY STUDY.
During our Gospel outreach mission as well as door-to-door evangelism, we identified that there were many orphans and other vulnerable people left out by parents who died due to war insurgency, HIV/AIDS and other killer diseases like, Malaria and cancer. They were not catered for their education and other needs like, food, shelter, medical care and clothing.
Through our community based training workshops, people identified provision of education support as the best way of helping such kind of helpless children who cannot support themselves.
It was realized and appreciated that Kasese District is blessed with talented and clever children who would become useful to the nation. Also those children can help in a measure of preventing such killer diseases through performing music, dance and drama.
However, the prevalence of poverty, illiteracy and lack of care has caused many of them to become street children.
It is therefore believed that a church as a family of God can extend the love of God, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to these children that will care for their spiritual health, physical, mental and emotional needs. And this will eventually help to improve on their living standard of the community as a whole.
The existing structures (staff, children, welfare office, children Sunday school, youth choir, youth outreach team and executive committee) will mobilize and sensitize children about the projects objectives. The children will be organized into groups and two groups will be formed at the start, which includes nursery section and primary section.
The projects coordinator will be at the forefront of projects implementation until the steering committee capacity is fully built through trainings.
The performance of the first beneficiaries will be used as a basis for subsequent interventions.
Hope for Vulnerable Children Ministry shall establish a status for recruitment and registration.
Mobilize and sensitize the guardians and parents to form active groups.
Training will be done in counseling, voluntary testing, biblical knowledge skills development, performing music, dance and drama.
§ There will be participatory approach. Both community members and Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry staff will work hand in hand to achieve the objectives of the projects. This will be through establishment of one demonstration school.
§ Procure and give assistance to beneficiaries children. The most active group of guardians and parents will select trusted members who will represent parents in forming a steering committee to work together with administration of the projects. The management and performance of the first beneficiaries will determine the continuity of the projects.
ASSUMPTIONS AND RISKS
· Opportunities that will encourage participatory approach
· Support from the District education officials and community leaders
· Political good will and support from Government, District and local council levels.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
The executive committee members will frequently monitor the projects. However, it is expected that each project stakeholder will monitor he/her activities and report monthly to the executive committee.
Stakeholders and committee members will do evaluation once every year. But partner organizations, personnel or officials will be welcome to visit the projects and assess the performance and impact on spot whenever they feel like.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POOR AFRICAN CHILDREN.
VOICE OF STREET CHILDREN - WHY ARE CHILDREN ON THE STREET
Here in Africa mostly Uganda many people produce children and dump them along side the roads, around pits/holes, latrines, market places and around banks of the river this is why you find children suffering and begging around streets, for this reason the Government fails to bring them together because they are many
- Horrors of previous wars and insurgence in conflict areas.
- Separated families and child abandonment
- Loss of parents guardians, close relative. Poverty and deprivation of basic survival needs
- Increased pressure on parents and children to earn a living
- Lack of positive parenting and a caring community
- Discrimination, insecurity, physical, mental, sexual abuse and child labor at the hand of their family community and society.
- An inadequate system for child protection, welfare and family guidance.
- These children share the leftovers with dogs, cats, flies and the long beaked karoli
- They have no home to turn to mother or father to care. There is no where they can lay their heads when night falls.
- When it rains they are soaked like a boat
- Police always beat them along the street ruthlessly.
- Their wounds attract no sympathy
- They are rejected and lonely
- They are insure ob streets around the town.
We can’t ignore the plight of the street children any more. Its time to accept our responsibility as a caring community and work to make a positive change in the lives of street children. Each one of us has a role to play.
CHALLENGES ON THE STREET
- Lack of food
- Lack of shelter
- Lack of clothing
- Lack of education
- Living in fear
- Lack of friends and relatives
- Lack of medical care
- No love and care
- Conflict with law enforcers
- Sexual abuse and defilement
- Begging around streets
- Abuse from community.
Today the very fast pace of HIV/AIDS scourge has ushered in trauma, stigma leaving many people, especially the elderly breaking down with stress and pressure of the increasing burden of proving for their children, relative and other dependants orphaned by HIV/AIDS. As a church we have taken a responsibility to care and look after an orphan.
During the course of a needs assessment on the care and support for children infected by HIV/AIDS conducted by HFVCM community health division during 2009 March, its was revealed that most children presented with opportunistic infections and had not received appropriate medical care.
Some showed growth malnutrition and caregivers lacked adequate knowledge and skills to care for these sick and infected children. It was noted that the sick children does not get enough medical care in the health units because of lack of counseling skills on the part of the health workers.
Among the twelve (12) health units in the rural areas of Kasese district especially in mountains and lake regions, only three (3) regions had only one (1) staff skilled in caring after infected children. It was found that most parents and caregivers preferred looking after children at home to their long stay with the sickness and also care takers having to look after other family members and feeding for their families.
Many complained of abject poverty at staying long at hospitals away from home becomes more expensive. HFVCM home based care program has been looked at as an ideal solution to address the about concerns.
HIV/AIDS disease has been associated with shame and negative stigma resulting into many infected children and Adults as whole.
Those who suffer from the disease are frequently with out social support, financial means, abilities including health insurance; those caregivers and family members have little and no ideal on how to care for HIV/AIDS children victims provides need to pay more attention.
Our government health centers in our district are not stocked with medical supplies, manpower and drugs to match, the increasing number of HIV/AIDS patients. In such situation patients can not afford to buy the needed medicines and this leads to quick death.
The number of children infected with HIV/AIDS is highly increasing. Information searched by HFVCM community health service shows that an average of 32 children dies every year of HIV/AIDS in 21 sub-counties of Kasese district.
This needs empowering rural communities with knowledge and skills about HIV/AIDS care and offering of home visits. Home based care program is a good ideal to improve on the quality of life.
This high increase of HIV/AIDS infection in our district came about by the great war that hit our area (ADF) in 1996 because of running up and down and luck of help during war times, girls and women were forced to get married to armed personnel’s sexual abuse increased, rape and other sexual harassment so this caused a high virus transmission.
Our district Kasese being a boarder district with DRC and having lots of trading activities practiced at the boarder, trailer drivers and traders from various places of the continent led to high increase of sexual activities, so this led many people into the HIV/AIDS infection.
Polygamy also in our district and yet having little income generating activities has also been quickest way of making AIDS disease rampant in our area.
Large families are valued and yet the risk of having many children together presents areas physical danger not only to women themselves but also to their families.
Most of the rural households are poor that they can not get good or regular meals as required and because of this poorness people can not afford the buy standard drugs or get appropriate medical treatment and this fails them at least get or enjoy a high quality life.
The communities in Kasese district have a pressing problem of high increase in the number of children infected by HIV/AIDS who in most cases have not received health attention. A group of the children have been orphans and looked for by their poor relatives and others are being cared for by their sick parents.
OUR VISION OVER ORPHANS AND HIV/AIDS INFECTED CHILDREN
To improve quality of life in orphans and children infected by HIV/AIDS.
OUR MISSION OVER ORPHANS AND HIV/AIDS INFECTED CHILDREN
To provide proper care and support our orphans children infected by HIV/AIDS and empower them for self reliance.
OUR AIM OVER ORPHANS AND HIV/AIDS INFECTED CHILDREN
To improve on the quality of life of orphans and children living with HIV/AIDS in the communities through addressing and provision of services that on supporting and caring for the homeless and HIV/AIDS infected children, ensuring improving child welfare, health services, providing education, fighting hunger, technical, agricultural advisory services, training in tailoring, carpentry, computer studies and mechanics to orphans and other vulnerable people.
Sensitize the community about this killer disease and how to care and support children infected by HIV/AIDS.
Encouraging post testing clubs and mobile clinics to extend health services near the people.
Train people counseling and care skills.
Support orphans and children living with HIV/AIDS with food nutrients.
Taking out home visitations and check on children living with HIV/AIDS plus guiding the care takers on how to take care over these infected children (word of encouragement).
Mobilization of people living with HIV/AIDS in the community and sensitize them on how to take care of themselves and human rights enhancement.
Supporting and promoting income generating activities through skills training people and children living with HIV/AIDS and the whole community for self reliance.
Meetings every after 36 days and analyze challenges, know the stages of the project, feed backs and updates.
To promote quality life for orphans and children living with HIV/AIDS
To sensitize the community about care, prevention on the side of those still free and support for infected children.
To promote quality life for orphans and children living with HIV/AIDS by providing them education.
To promote their life living in the word of God.
To rescue and cut off all their grieves and sorrows (orphans and children living with HIV/AIDS) by planting in them hope, care and support.
CHALLENGES FACED BY ORPHANS AND PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS:
They lack proper medical care
They lack proper accommodation
They lack proper feeding
They are always lonely
They live in fear
They lack education
They lack proper care
They always think about death
Lack of clothing /shoes
Lack of parental care
Lack of medicine and this brings about a high rate of death in needy people.
Disease attacks due to poor feedings
They are always beggars
They live a miserable life
Lack of land
Lack of job opportunities because they are un educated
They have no joy in life
They always live in poor hygiene
Some take much alcohol so that it should give them a peaceful mind
WHAT BRINGS ABOUT ORPHANS AND HIV/AIDS INFECTIONS
- Lack of education
- Domestic Violence
- Lack of Unity
- Lack of Job opportunities
- Lack of Parental care
- Drunkard ness
- Love for money
- Un-peaceful mind
We are a Christian ministry helping people through spreading the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ to the entire world.
So dear ministers of God as you have read the above detailed information by letting you know about the bad situation we are living in here, we kindly request for your support over this program of ORPHANS AND HIV/AIDS PROGRAM in order to enhance or improve the quality of life for these suffering and hopeless or helpless people.
Signed by Apostle Rich Friday
Tel: +256 752804445
Hope for vulnerable children ministry
P.O Box 319 Kasese Uganda E. Africa.
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