There are more orphans in Uganda than anywhere else in the world — over 2.4 million children — due to the AIDS epidemic, extreme poverty, and decades of civil conflict. We’re on the ground in Uganda to help as many of these young people as we can. We give children safe shelter, food, clothing, education and medical care. Through us, children gain an education and the life skills they need for future success. Their lives are completely transformed.
“Through good education and discipline, I have been transformed emotionally, physically and spiritually into a healthy, successful young lady.”
THERE IS AN ORPHAN CRISIS IN UGANDA.
- Currently, at least one in every four households in Uganda has an orphan.
- 14% of all children (2.43 million children) have been orphaned — nearly half due to HIV / AIDS.
- Close to 60% of Uganda’s population are children below the age of 18 years old. Uganda has a total population of 30.7 million people, 17.1 million are children.
- Over half of Uganda’s children (8.1 million children – 51%) are either critically or moderately vulnerable, while 63% live with caregivers other than their biological parents.
(Uganda National Household Survey 2009/2010)
In Uganda, students take 7 years of primary school education, 6 years of secondary school education (divided into 4 years of lower secondary and 2 years of advanced secondary), followed by 2 – 4 years of post-secondary vocational or university education. Our students are all guaranteed support all the way through secondary school, but many are able to continue on to vocational school or other institutes of higher learning thanks to their sponsor’s loyal support.
HOW WE HELP.
Educational Support: With your donations, TAATA KIDS currently provides school fees, clothing, nutritious food and access to basic medical care for hundreds of children in the Mbale districts of Uganda.
MBALE District is home to the country’s eastern city, Mbale, and also to TAATA KIDS’s main office in Uganda. Of the nearly 1,59,000 people living in Mbale , a staggering 38.9% of the population lives in absolute poverty. Over 8% of people are HIV positive and so thousands of children are affected by HIV/AIDS in the region.