Children of Uganda (UK)’s Social Impact in the areas we work
Few of the children in our educational programme would have had a proper education as they all come from poor families, who would not have had the money to pay the school fees. We are increasing their literacy and numeracy skills, so that their future job prospects are higher than they would have otherwise been. They take these skills home with them, which has a beneficial effect on the whole family. We keep a close eye on our children’s school reports, making sure that after leaving primary school, the children go to the best secondary school for their individual needs. We do pay for some of our secondary school students to be boarders, where appropriate.
We offer Adult Literacy classes at Butansi and run regular Women’s Self Help Groups, which encourages them into income-generating activities, eg. pig rearing schemes and income producing crafts.
We carry out regular home visits with our children to see how their life is at home – with their father, mother, grandmother or guardian. We assist if our help is needed to make life easier for the children and their families to assure our children can remain at school.
We may intervene if our help is needed to keep our students healthy and happy. On a school visit we became aware that one of our students, Arafat, was not in school. So we visited his home where we found him unable to walk and bedridden. He had a serious degenerative hip problem, which required numerous hospital visits and an operation at a hospital in Kampala. Children of Uganda (UK) paid for all his medical costs and transport to and from hospital. He is now thankfully much better and back at school. Ambrose still accompanies him on follow up medical check ups.
BSUF was on hand when one of our newer and younger students was bitten by a snake. However, as well as treating the nasty snake bite, the doctors discovered that Blair also had a severe case of Malaria. Blair is now fully recovered and back at school.
Our concern that the children and the whole community stay healthy is why we are committed to having a health clinic at our new Community Centre. The clinic will keep a regular check on the villagers, offering preventative healthcare – so that they will be less likely to need to make a long trek on foot to the nearest hospital.
Vocational Studies, Employment & Income Generating Schemes
As our children get older, we will support them to get into vocational colleges and to get jobs. The Community Centre will run vocational classes and will have an IT centre, where the community can interact with the bigger world. We will also introduce more income-generating schemes and set up finances for such ventures. The Centre’s land given over to farming and crops, will help the villagers to be more productive and self sufficient, as well as defraying the cost of the operation of the centre.
Children of Uganda (UK) is also getting involved with other investments:
Finding land for residential development