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Keeping un-fortunate children in mind…

on September 15, 2014

It is very disheartening to know that girls don’t attend school in Uganda just because of lack of sanitary pads. Really! Is that it?

Visit Act Uganda Foundation, a very interesting name for a charity organization that is working in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. As the name suggests, first visit…then act…and then help Uganda!

Uganda is a landlocked country surrounded by Tanzania, Rwanda, Congo, Sudan and Kenya. It is one of the poorest nations in the world, with 37.7% of the population living on less than $1.25 a day. Despite making enormous progress in reducing the countrywide poverty incidence from 56% in 1992 to 31% in 2005, poverty remains deep-rooted in the country’s rural areas, which is home to more than 85% of Ugandans.

Visit Act Uganda Foundation has helped more than 200 children, youth, women and over 70 families living and affected by HIV/AID’S and poverty. The organization supports 3 elementary schools and provides life saving medicines to HIV positive children and sanitary pads to young girls so that they do not miss school.

I had a conversation with Mr. Kiyemba Vicent, who is one of the key members of this organization. This is what he had to say :

“Uganda is riddled with unemployment and young people are without much hope. An urgent need exists to kick-start the economy. Many foreign aid agencies and governments are working hand in hand with local authorities in an attempt to turn this into a reality.

Our organization supports 3 elementary schools (only) for now because of lack of funds, but many schools like ours need us. There are 200 students in total, my mum takes care of one school where we have 100 children and other 100 children are from the other two schools. Our aim is to help them go from primary up to university, only if we can get more sponsors.

Despite the best intentions, there are few state run schools which are free in Uganda and the quality of private schools varies tremendously. The education program, that runs from February through to December, begins with 7 years of primary school education. With up to 100 pupils in a class who fail to pass their leaving examinations, this ends their hopes there!

There are also four technical colleges, of which one is private. Those students who do qualify for tertiary education, less than 50% of them find places there.

In the few funds we get, we utilize them by buying scholastic materials like text books, stationary, geometry sets etc. We also pay for the school fee of students, lunch during school and provide sanitary pads to girls. Since the ministry of sports is under the ministry of education, we also support sports activities by buying football, netball, volleyballs and all their gears.

We would like to tell the world that our organization needs help to continue supplying HIV+ children with daily life-saving medicines in Uganda and also provide sanitary pads to girls. Many girls miss school because of that.”

Kiwanis International is seeking to identify members who are actively involved in Africa, whether to serve, or as a result of personal or business connections. If you or anyone you know has a connection to share with them, let them know here.

If we can all just donate a small amount, out of our pockets, to Visit Act Uganda Foundation, thinking that we are providing sanitary pads to young girls so that they can go to school, I think Mr Kiyemba Vicent and his team at Visit Act Uganda Foundation would be very grateful. Keeping all such unfortunate children in mind and praying that life becomes easier for everyone everywhere, I would like to end my blog here. Continue the great community service that you are doing and support the less-fortunate amongst us.

Have a great week ahead!

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