Child Empowerment

Uganda’s unemployment rate is estimated at 9.4% in 2014. This estimate is provided by The World Fact Book. On ground interactions with the local population may indicate that this rate could be lower. Literacy rate is at 76.5% of the total population, for ages 15 years and above. There have been widespread campaigns to have everyone in school. The young population are mostly in the literate range. To achieve this Uganda has introduced free education from Primary to Secondary level. Accessing free secondary school education depends on whether a student has acquired good grades and there is a reachable secondary school in their area. Other impediments include lack of school uniform, lunch at school, scholastic materials, and the little fee levied by a local school administration to cover a few things Government funds do not cover. These play a big role in the failure of vulnerable children to access education to a reasonable professional level.

We are providing psychosocial support to most vulnerable families, which include child-headed families, orphans under the care of unemployed or overly underemployed mothers. HCA focus is not to put children in an orphanage or childcare home, but to provide psychosocial support to families that are supporting the most vulnerable children in their homes. Nurturing the most vulnerable is perceived a long-term strategy to promote peace. If unattended to, these vulnerable young people could end up being indoctrinated or recruited into criminal groups. The time to act is when the young ones can still be led and taught (Proverbs 19:18).

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