UPLIFT ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN FROM DUST.
Dear brothers and sisters situation of orphan and vulnerable children in Bugiri district and Africa in general is highly deplorable. Many leave in abject poverty deprived of even the basic necessities of life, dignified and sustainable access to food and nutrition, acceptable living conditions, psychosocial resources critical to development and health, legal and social protection, educational resources, income and affordable health care.
Basing on Bugiri district 2020 data, Bugiri district has the number of orphans and other
vulnerable children in the district by number 44,796 children in 2002 census but now projected at 1112,370 children (UBOS) accounting to 22.4% of the total population as projected by the UBOS (2008).
Orphans and orphan households are as a result of parents dying of HIV/AIDS, is a major problem in the community in Bugiri district. Due to poverty in the community, some people are financially unable to take on the added responsibilities of orphans. Such the provision of
the scholastic materials like uniforms, exercise books, pens, pencils, toilet paper rolls and even pads for the girl child in school, Culturally is the extended family system that would support orphans: however this system often fails now due to the increased number of orphans. Many other adult careers are missing due to the effect of HIV/AIDS has had on the economically productive population. The HIV/AIDS pandemic, unemployment, poverty, the poor living conditions in rural areas have had an immense impact on the ability of the households and the communities to provide support and social care for the OVCs, resulting them living without education, shelter, food, clothing, parental care and health care which are essential elements for child protection and development. HV/AIDS has left many children orphans and thus more vulnerable socially and economically.
These orphan have no access to resources to support their education due to different pandemics hitting the world..I.e Covid-19, HIV/AIDS, leading to increased incidence,child labour, early marriage, dropping out of school due to lack scholastic materials and other related school expenses; and the demands of the increased family responsibilities. They also face abuse by relatives such as exploitation, discrimination and property grabbing after the death of their parents, rather than receiving the care and protection they deserve.
The low social and cultural value placed on girls education is of particular concern, a girl child has always been denied the right to education, she is regarded as a source of income through early marriage dowry payment, as a result many girls have failed to attend school or dropping out from school before they have completed the basic education and end up marring at an early age.
In addition, the rate of ignorance, illiteracy and domestic violence among parents has also affected OVCs in denial of their rights. Interventions help to mitigate the impact of the epidemic on surviving children are urgently needed.
It against the above background that I would like to support and empower the children with basic necessities of life.
Let's give the young lives hope..