Uganda “the Pearl of Africa,” boasting some of the best scenery in Africa, is composed of lakes, rivers, mountains, and semi-arid lands. It is home to Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and chief source of the Nile River.
Uganda’s people have endured much suffering in recent history. Between 800,000 and 2 million people died during the dictatorship of Idi Amin (1971–1979) and the civil wars, tribal killings, and famines that followed. Then, from 1988 to 2006, the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army terrorized Uganda’s northern districts. As the government forced the closure of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in 2007, most of the people of northern Uganda returned to their homes or communities. However, countless communities were completely destroyed and families killed, leaving many with nowhere to go.
Today, typical Ugandans live in villages made up of small houses, often less than a couple hundred square feet. The houses in rural parts of the country are made of mud with thatched-grass roofs, though there are now an increasing number of houses with corrugated iron roofs. About 80 percent of all Ugandans work in agriculture. Nationally, they cultivate cotton, corn, tea, and coffee, Soya beans, Beans, Pea nuts among others though most farmers work at the subsistence level, struggling to grow enough to feed their families. They rarely have surplus food to sell for income that can provide other necessities like clothing and healthcare.
Why we operate in Lango Sub Region, Northern Uganda
- Orphans and widows are among the hardest hit from the country’s turmoil as they have been left to fend for themselves—either on the streets or in the villages as a most families cannot afford Compulsory school fees.
- Healthcare is a great concern for families. Access to medical facilities is limited and costly. Without access to even the most basic necessities or services, acute conditions such as malnutrition are rampant.
- Psychological and emotional stresses affect all ages. Unresolved trauma resulting from horrific war-time experiences haunts adults and children alike.
- Children are in desperate need of Basic and Formal educational opportunities to help them escape the cycle of poverty and open up a brighter future.
Education System in Uganda
The system of education in Uganda has a structure of 3 years in preprimary School, 7 years of primary education, 6 years of secondary education (divided into 4 years of lower secondary and 2 years of upper secondary school), and 3 to 5 years of post-secondary education. The government of Uganda recognizes education as a basic human right and continues to strive to provide free primary education to all children in the country. However, the government contributes per child for one year $11us in Primary school and 39.7 in Secondary school which is a drop in the Ocean in child’s education cost. Girls in Uganda are disproportionately discriminated against in terms of education; they face harsher barriers when trying to gain an education and it has left the female population disenfranchised, despite government efforts to close the gap.
Support Orphans and Women Initiative’ Involvement
Since 2016 when SOWI was founded we have been providing scholarships to Vulnerable Children Majority are Orphans, by giving them Scholastic materials and paying school fees. Because we are a community based organization, we reach directly to the families, build good relationship with them, do counseling and carrier guidance and make follow up with the child both at home and school to check up the child performance and challenges they face and work out to address.
Today, through your generous support, SOWI cares for fifty of children in Dokolo District, Northern Uganda through Providing Full Scholarship and Support to 200 Farmers in 10 women groups.
Uganda is one most hit by Covid19 in Africa, The a Economy is struggling yet Children are getting back to school, we humbly appeal for your generous Donation to keep these Vulnerable Children in School so that they reach their Full potential, no donation amount is too small or too big, Educate a child in Uganda today and benefits from one of our incentives; (1) Be recognized in our website (2) Received a special Thank you Letter from a child in our Scholarship Program (3) Receive Monthly Update from Our Project . Please Indicate the incentive your are interested in,