managed by s. Ephraim (Communication)
The Center for Child Advocacy and Life Planning (CCALP) began in 1999 as a community based initiative to support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Nansana village in the Wakiso district of Central Uganda. The program, also known as Mentor Volunteers due to the emphasis on involving people outside the agency in the work, began with four children orphaned in the Nansana Community, left alone with no support from an adult. Seeing their suffering, a small community based organization was set up to by six community volunteers to help these children survive:
In 2001, a small nursery school was set up in a garage to provide education to such children in the community. This school was named Nansana Community Primary School. Supplies such as school uniforms, books, pencils and pens, as well as school fees were paid for by community volunteers. As time went on, more and more children were left orphaned, as HIV/AIDS claimed countless lives in Uganda. The need to provide care and support to orphans became greater as the number of orphaned children grew literally by the day.
The Center for Child Advocacy and Life Planning program currently educates over 600 orphans and vulnerable children in the Wakiso and Kiboga districts of Central Uganda.
The CCALP program currently educates children from the Nursery level to the secondary level , with a near term goal of completing an additional classroom buildings and hiring more teachers at the Nursery, Primary and secondary level in order to continue to provide a formal, high quality education for their children.