Working With Children in Uganda

World Vision Uganda started in 1986, after a brutal six-year war. Helping those affected by conflict and violence is still a priority, whether in refugee camps housing South Sudanese who have fled to northern Uganda, or at the Children of War Rehabilitation Centre in Gulu where we rehabilitate and resettle children affected by war. Services provided range from meeting basic needs, through education and health care, to psychological and spiritual support.

World Vision's work with children in Uganda is based on the underlying principle of empowering communities to take charge of their own development. Priorities are the health and nutrition of children and mothers, access to quality education and helping families to develop sustainable income sources.

Your impact in Uganda

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • We trained child protection committees on child rights and child abuse case management and empowered children through participation in child rights clubs.
  • 15,246 children in Uganda received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 360 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 177 child and adult victims of abuse or exploitation received counselling and resources to help them recover
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 2,135 children and women were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 2,478 children in Uganda received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health
  • 200 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 1 latrine in the community is providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • Teachers were trained in topics such as early childhood development, reading skills, special education and classroom management.
  • 10,798 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 31 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 144 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • We established saving groups for parents of vulnerable children so these mothers and fathers could access credit to start small businesses and provide for their children.
  • 477 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 575 youths were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships, vocational training or career counselling
  • 2,341 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families

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