Uganda has over 2.5 million orphans; of which about 1.2 million are orphaned by AIDS. The Uganda orphan population constitutes about 20% of the child population, 12% of children under age 18, and 2% of the entire population. Too often, children from socio-economically disadvantaged families are neglected, charged with the responsibility of caring for younger siblings, or made to seek employment. Widespread poverty combined with a huge population of orphaned children creates a staggering reality; more often than not, utterly vulnerable children are left to fight for survival fall victim to abuse and exploitation.
Rwenzori region and Kasese District particularly has for many years been affected by wars, which, being compounded by HIV/AIDS and other detriments are resulting into several children who lack basic care and the basic needs. While there are several children lacking humane care, love and the basic needs, many families are unable to take-upon the new responsibilities of an additional child (be it an orphan or not), because they already lack resources to meet the basic needs of its own family members.
We want to create a sense of humor among these children, while providing long-term, sustainable benefits to the communities solely responsible for the development of children into responsible citizens. We will promote access to safe living conditions and provide services to meet the four levels of needs to ensure the normal growth of children such as health, education, physiological and livelihood support. For this to happen, LUYODEFO proposes to utilize the Children’s Community Center (CCC) model.
The CCC model is highly flexible and responsive to local realities intended to help connect the needs of OVCs to sustainable growth of the entire community; provide jobs within the community, enhance adhesion (social asset) of community members where children are supported, and the resilience of the local communities rewarded through economic development.