In Uganda, early childhood development centres (ECD) such as pre-schools and day care are not state sponsored, and almost non-existent in rural areas. The rural children often miss this chance of early education in their life that gets them fully prepared for government schooling.
With the HIV/AIDS crisis and other deterrents like war having claimed millions of lives and left over 2 million orphans, who have no immediate person to turn to due to large family size and high burden resulting from very limited resources (living in poverty).
A free school to OVCs, while providing an affordable, quality education to the other children would initiate a profound change to the impoverished, ultimately catalyzing lasting benefit for generations to come.
LUYODEFO’s shine preparatory school currently provides services to 179 pupils, most of whom are orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) from very poor families but we estimate that true number of children who have been orphaned is much higher. While the school provides access to low-cost quality education, it also doubles as an educational support hub for for after school/ weekend academic tutoring for the children, a study centre for functional adult literacy (FAL) for women in impoverished areas, and is creating new opportunities for employment and literacy promotion.