Best Solution for Poverty: Investing in Children
Across the world, almost one billion children live in poverty. They live without access to proper nutrition, healthcare and especially, adequate education. Children are the future of the world and need to be nurtured to become successful. When children grow up with skills to join the labor force, they can help pull their countries out of poverty by making changes in the political system and economy. As educated citizens, they will be less likely to engage in unethical behavior and more likely to have fewer children. As a result, both mortality and overpopulation rates decline.
By ignoring children’s education, developing countries are also unaware of talented children.
Talented children are more likely to achieve higher degrees and may go into professions such as being educators, business leaders and scientific researchers. These children have the capacity to make huge contributions to society in various fields that will support economic growth in developing countries.
Therefore, nurturing talent, both physically and psychologically is a crucial to reducing global poverty in the long run.
From a physical perspective, children need to have a good nutritional diet so that they can be healthy both physically and mentally. Lacking necessary nutrition can cause children to develop slower and not be able to absorb education properly.
From a psychological point of view, education systems and societal support are the keys to unlock the full potential for young talents. Good education gives children the chance to prove themselves as well as the basic knowledge to pursue their dreams. At the same time, support from society gives them the motivation to overcome challenges in their daily life and strive to become a better citizen of the world.
Through our effective volunteer service programs, we place volunteers in our initiatives and connect other volunteers from around the world with these communities along with our staff as we work together on projects implemented in areas as Childcare Support, Education, Food and Agriculture, Water and Sanitation, Healthcare, Sports, Music, Art and culture and Economic Development. We focus on one community at a time while maintaining a community-led committees monitoring each project stages, completion and its long-term impact.
Ending Violence Against Children/Child protection
Every child has the right to feel safe, both at home and at school.
Saint Ann Foundation is committed to protecting children from violence and working with the communities, schools and governments who can play an active role in protecting them from harm.
By providing training in child rights, positive discipline and parenting techniques to families and communities, we are helping to ensure children are safe from abuse.
In particular, we strive to tackle the causes of gender-based violence by working with girls, boys, partners and communities. Why? Because acts of violence undermine girls’ self-esteem, their opportunity to finish school, their freedom of movement, and ultimately, their ability to thrive.
At Saint Ann Foundation, we place an important focus on the welfare of children by looking after for their well-being: ensuring that communities receive the needed resources to support children in need, such as a caring family environment, housing and essential care to improve their social and intellectual stimulation while advocating for their rights. Through our initiatives, we provide a platform for educational empowerment, especially for the underprivileged children in rural communities in Uganda. We work to encourage family-based and foster care to give vulnerable children or orphans hope for a better future through programs that encourage alleviation of poverty and eradication of diseases, providing healthy meals and basic health services, protecting and helping children achieve their full potential in life.
Children love school, at least at first. That is where they make friends, play and begin to explore the world. Going to school is a hallmark of childhood. Sadly, quality education remains a distant dream for many vulnerable children in rural villages in Uganda. Most of these children are either out of school, or receive inadequate education because there are not enough schools, parent’s inability to afford tuition, not enough teachers, limited or no learning resources and better infrastructure. About 60% of children living in rural villages in are missing out on primary school education or are having poor quality education. About 45 percent of these are girls. These children are at greater risk for exploitation, victims of child labor, early marriage, unemployment and lower income-earning potential.
Saint Ann Foundation’s model focuses on factors that improve quality education by working with volunteers to increase children’s access to equitable and quality early-childhood education, primary education and strengthening community involvement in education to improve learning. Whether it means building schools, donations of appropriate teaching and learning materials, such as library books, child sponsoring, notebooks, and other relevant school supplies, we address those issues in a sustainable way.
Food and Agriculture
With the right start, children can grow into healthy adults able to feed themselves. Children who don’t eat enough can’t grow feel, excel in school or live an active, healthy life. In the communities we serve about 85% of the population are farmers, who due to their low-income potentials are unable to grow enough food to feed their own families, much less sell for additional income. That is why we partner with these communities to address their immediate food needs. We work with volunteers to increase agricultural productivity through improved seeds and farming practices, improve access to markets so farmers can profitably sell their surplus food while integrating projects that often combine vegetable gardening, livestock management and nutrition education.
Health and Medical Care
Over 60% of children in rural villages in Uganda under age 5 suffer from mostly preventable causes, such as diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia. When these children get sick, their parents don’t have many ways to help them get better. Most families who lives in villages without doctors or clinics, or doesn’t have the money (or insurance) to visit one can’t afford simple life-saving things like de-worming drugs, vitamins and supplements, without them children die.
Our approach focuses on improving the availability and accessibility of basic medicines and products used to prevent and treat illnesses at the rural level, providing medical equipments to understaffed healthcare centers, provide training and financial support as needed. When available, we distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets village by village, covering whole communities to reduce the spread of the mosquito-transmitted diseases. Our volunteer physicians and nurses’ works with the rural healthcare centers to treat patients, dispensed prescriptions, give eye exams and provided dental exams as needed.
PERFORMING ARTS (DANCE, DRAMA, MUSIC)
The arts make us feel connected to one another and less isolated. Through the arts we share an emotion and that sharing connects us with each other and we realise we all feel the same emotions. The arts are our last hope. We find our identity and make it easier and more pleasurable to live and they also give us wisdom.
Our community outreach programme has received recognition as it is one that ensures that performing arts experiences travel beyond our school gates and enrich our community too. We work to bring the arts to children and adults with special educational needs, as well as working with a variety of local primary schools and other institutions, which vary to meet the demands of our programme.
Dance makes a unique contribution to the education of all its students through its use of non-verbal communication. Students have the opportunity to think about how to use movement to explore and communicate ideas and issues as well as their own feelings and thoughts. As they work, they develop an awareness of the historical and cultural origins of different dances and as well as their social awareness.
CREATIVE ART AND CRAFT
All our kids crafts are quick and easy, require minimal equipment and materials, and offer satisfyingly instant results – because we know that even crafty kids like to be able see the fruits of their labour in action within minutes rather than hours!
We have hundreds of crafts for children at Activity Village, many adaptable to suit different ages and abilities and working well with individual children or a large group. Don’t worry that you need any great expertise or a huge amount of supplies and equipment. Crafting with children is all about having fun, experimenting, taking ideas that you see and adapting them to suit what you have available and what you think your children would enjoy most. It is always a good thing to be prepared!
Micro-finance and Business Training
The innovation of microfinance has allowed low income individuals, usually excluded from the traditional banking system, to obtain micro-loans to develop micro-enterprises and build savings. The aim of SAF’s microfinance project is to contribute towards sustainable economic development by providing local individuals, groups and communities with the proper skills training and micro-loans to grow their businesses, create new jobs and help break the cycle of poverty and hunger. Through working with volunteers we develop small business ideas, basic bookkeeping skills and conduct weekly workshops on topics related to financial literacy, Enterprise development skills, microcredit, computer literacy and vocational skills training.