Orphans and Vulnerable Children

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. 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.

~Luhwahwa Orphaned Children

A group of orphans and vulnerable children who LUYODEFO serves.

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 education, shelter, health, and recreation, physiological and livelihood support. For this to happen, LUYODEFO have partnered with Worldwide Orphanage Relief Coalition (WORC), which 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.

Proposed CCC Model

This will provide shelter, play space, quality care and loving attention to the most needy orphans and vulnerable, destitute children, many of whom would otherwise turn to a life of crime and become a strong detriment to the overall community.

Quality education is virtually inaccessible to the poor of this region.  A free school to OVC and an affordable, quality school to the community would initiate a profound change to the impoverished, ultimately catalyzing lasting benefit for generations to come. The school would provide access to quality education, library in impoverished areas, and creating new employment opportunities. This will contribute to an improvement in the over-all well-being of the community, providing hope for a better tomorrow.

This will become a vehicle to transform society by taking strategic measures to reduce poverty and increase opportunities, particularly for destitute children and their families.  This will provide a location for volunteer accommodation; recreational and other community activities such as seminars and retreats for leaders, youth and other groups, providing both a much-needed resource, and generating income for the programs.

There is a desperate need for a medical clinic to provide a much needed healthcare services for the poor communities.  The clinic will offer free healthcare services to OVCs and affordable health services to the communities. The clinic will also organize mobile health interventions and refer those needing ongoing care to clinics in the region.

There is great need to develop the capacity of and create income generating activities for those looking after the OVCs and the immediate children. This will help them be able to meet the basic need of the children and their families and achieve sustainability at household and community levels.

Our programs are designed to benefit young
people (especially orphans and vulnerable children)
and women (especially chronically ill patients).
We hope that by empowering young people
to build communities, we can create long-lasting
change through generations.