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POVERTY
Poverty prevents the enjoyment of basic human rights, security and well-being. The rapidly increasing population of Uganda coupled with the low
resource base has put significant pressure on the delivery of basic social
services, particularly to children. The number of children who live below the poverty
line is likely to rise due to the high fertility rate, HIV/AIDS, other preventable
diseases and insecurity.

 EDUCATION
Education as a means of fighting poverty and reducing vulnerability is one of
the top priorities for children. The Government has given due attention to basic education, resulting in substantial increase in primary school
enrollment, particularly for the poorest quintile and the girl-child.
Unfortunately, there has been a decline in primary school retention in the
past few years due to high dropout rates. Furthermore regional, rural and
urban disparities still exist in school enrollment with a higher proportion of
children enrolled in urban areas and the relatively more prosperous central
region. The main barriers to access and full participation of children in
education include, costs of scholastic and basic requirements, cost of post primary schooling, disability, ill health, early marriages, teenage pregnancy,
sexual harassment, heavy burden of household chores, distance to school,
insecurity and poor nutrition or no meals both in schools and at home. In
spite of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) Programme.

THE SITUATION OF ORPHANS AND OTHER VULNERABLE CHILDREN
Ugandan communities have traditionally absorbed orphans within the 
extended family system. One in four households in Uganda fosters at least
one orphan by providing for health, shelter, nutrition, education and other needs.  However, many of these care-givers are overburdened and often lack the socio-economic capacity to provide adequate care and support for these children.
Many children who are orphaned are forced to live on the streets or under
exploitative conditions of labour, sexual abuse, prostitution and other forms
of abuse. Many live in child-headed households where they have to fend for
themselves and support their younger siblings. Some of these children are
infected with HIV either through mother-to-child transmission or through
defilement.

Community organisations, like Saint Ann Foundation Uganda Chapter have stepped in by providing information, vocational skills training, basic education, medical care, and counselling and micro-credit services. These groups too, often lack the human and financial resources to adequately respond to the problem.

Why Saint Ann Foundation puts Emphasis on Education ?

Education attainment is an important predictor of future employment, welfare and health prospects – and it improves [a person’s] ability to contribute socially and economically in the community”

 

HOW WE HELP

Our programs support children  to participate fully in education by providing scholarship, Performing Arts ( Music, Dance and Drama, Creative Art and Craft) Healthcare and nutrition.

Our programs give disadvantaged children the skills, motivation and essentials to stay in school and get the most from their education so they can create a better future for themselves and their communities.

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