managed by JANE N. (Communication)
Due to increasing deaths of people as a result of HIV/AIDS so many children have been left as orphans with no body to take care of them and giving them support. Most of the children are left with their poor grandparents and some are left homeless hence ending up on streets and others in sex industry.
Only 11% of urban births and 3.4% of rural births are registered, meaning that the majority of children are denied this basic right. Approximately 96% of the poor, the majority of whom are women, live in rural areas (UBOS, 2000, 2003). A UNICEF project document (2003) on orphans and vulnerable children indicates that approximately 2.1 million children in Uganda are orphaned and, of these, 80% come from poor families.
The child-headed household trend in Uganda is such that rural areas have 79.9%, of which 49.6% are male-headed and 30.3% are female-headed. The trend in urban areas is that of the 20% child-headed households, 10.5% are male-headed whereas 9.6% are female-headed (Uganda Bureau Of Statistics-UBOS, 2000).
Uganda currently has over 2 million orphaned children, the majority of whom were orphaned by HIV/AIDS (Uganda Poverty Status Report, 2003). The number is expected to rise in the next decade and this will increase the risk of children turning to the streets, and becoming beggars and thieves.
The rise in the proportion of child-headed households and child labourers means a rise in percentages of the illiterate, early pregnancies, and related consequences such as infant and maternal mortality rates, increased incidence of those who are infected by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS, and drug abuse. While the Government will continue to increase spending on reproductive health services, it will also be losing valuable human resources. The cycle of child poverty will thus be passed on to next generation and become chronic. It is evident that the HIV/AIDS scourge is increasingly taking its toll on those who should otherwise be enjoying childhood in Uganda.
This project is already running in Ndejje Village but the children which number up to 200 are living in homes of their guardians and other people who endeavored to give them care. The focus of RAINBOW JUNIOR SCHOOL now is to create a safe place for care and education centre for these children, a primary school. In this programme, RAINBOW JUNIOR SCHOOL – also seeks to provide logistics to these children.
The project will also provide logistics to the children for their care and education. Most of these materials/logistics given to the children will be left at the center/school to avoid their guardians to misuse them as it has been remarked in other programs.
As most of these children are from very poor families and other are orphans, they spend nights without eating food and for this reason meals (breakfast and lunch) will be provided at school in order to encourage them to continue studying and attending other programs ran on their behalf at the center.
In order to make this happen, Rainbow Junior School needs at total amount of 28,850€ to purchase the following items:
1) 100 classroom desks = 3,000€
2) 200 classroom chairs = 2,000€
3) 10 chalkboard (blackboards) = 200€
4) 50 chalk boxes (different colors) = 150€
5) 200 school kits for the children = 4,000€
6) 200 school uniforms / clothing = 6,000€
7) 50 pads = 50€
8) Meals (breakfast & lunch) = 9,850€
9) Office furniture = 500€
10) Office stationary & consumables = 3,600€ as detailed below:
*6 chairs @ 60€
*2 tables @ 100€
*2 shelves @ 200€
*2 cupboards @ 300€
*6 Laptops (for teachers) @ 2,400€
*1 desktop (for office) @ 300€
*1 printer @ 120€
*1 scanner @ 120€
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks on behalf of the project beneficiaries to all those, around the world, who will be touched by this problem and support this project.