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PROJECT AREA BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

INTODUCTION

 

The education of the world’s children is high on the global agenda. In the context of education for all (EFA), all children should receive free, good quality education. The reality is that millions of the world’s children are too poor to benefit from the declaration, unless there are special interventions that target their development. Unfortunately, such children do not form a special social category in poverty eradication intervention programmes. Thus, their inclusion in the achievement of EFA appears to be a hit-or-miss phenomenon. Recognizing the central role of poverty eradication in wider global gendas and acknowledging the need to reach out to the poorest children with the objective to break the poverty cycle for them, BFI Org embarked on a programme of education and poverty eradication.

 

The Project aims at solving the problems hidden by the fact that orphans and vulnerable children are invisible; yet by the very nature of their situation, they are included among those that are classified as disadvantaged and poor in Uganda. Children are subsumed within the poverty categories most often referred to such as households, communities, people – which means that there is a high tendency to focus on adult-related poverty while child problems are ignored, partly because children have little power and influence within a group that contains adults.

 

Findings reflect that children in abject problems can be recognized by rather elementary (as opposed to sophisticated) criteria. Top on the list is absence of basic necessities such as shelter, food, clothing and water. Equally important is the ‘human condition’ in terms of physical health and parental care and protection. Schooling is high on the list as a critical criterion in determining who is extremely or modestly a vulnerable and disadvantaged child.

 

While there seems to be national consensus among donors, the public sector and civil society that the government has made commendable progress in implementing PEAP (Poverty Eradication Action Plan) as flexibly as possible, it’s evolving nature, due to the participatory and consultative reviews it undergoes regularly, does not address many of the development challenges Disadvantaged children face today. It would take lobbying and advocacy interventions to ensure that the needs and demands of children in abject poverty are met.

 

The UNESCO 2003 study on Children in Abject Poverty in Uganda revealed that:

Ill health and inadequate health services remain critical challenges for children in abject poverty. This is aggravated by the living conditions of children in almost all the districts studied.

 On a positive note, over three quarters of those who fell sick sought some kind of modern treatment; very few resorted to traditional healers.

School-related costs have been the major obstacle for children in abject poverty to access education.

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 BRIGHTFUTURE INITIATIVE Organization is a Non-Governmental organization registered with government of Uganda (IDIG/201/13) under the Non-Governmental Organizations Registration statute, 1989. The organization was formed mainly to focus on Rural Community people development in various aspects for self-empowerment ESPECILLY for Children, Women and elderly. The organization is based in Magogo Local Council One, Nawaninji  Sub-County, Kigulu County in Iganga District.  

 GOAL

 Bright future initiative org has a very strong goal of improving the quality of life of the vulnerable children and orphans through providing education, giving care, love and support. Additionally, it promotes empowerment of rural Community people in various areas affecting humanity.

 

MISSION

 To translate the lines of marginalized people especially the ones who have lost the dear ones and have no one to take care of them.

 

 GUIDING PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy and experience of Bright future initiative org is based on the reality that every human being is a unique individual and that we all have a right to good health and basic needs and should access means to a comfortable life in one way or another.

 

CORE VALUES ARE:

Equality for all: God made all people equal; our organization is committed to a development process that promotes equality.

Rights and dignity for all: Bright future initiative org believes in and strives to uphold the rights and dignity of all people especially in the rural communities.

Stewardship: Bright future initiative org believes in God to protect the dignity of everybody to exploit the Earthy goods in accordance with God’s Law and individual order.

Institutional partnership in development: Bright future initiative org welcomes and respects on going International initiatives and national policies to take care and give support to vulnerable children and disadvantaged people fight poverty, ignorance and diseases such as Malaria, Immunisable diseases and HIV/AIDS.  Our activities will be unison and collaboration with other stakeholders.


STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

 

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.

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).

 

Children’s vulnerability to poverty, adversity and HIV/AIDS is largely contextual but also indicative of the widespread situation in protecting them.

 

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 laborers 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.

A large proportion of deprived children have acquired psychopathological behavior, increasingly becoming involved in crime, drug abuse and violence. Many, too, are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and yet enter the labor market at very young ages, all of which seriously affects their growth and well-being. Children under this category experience extreme poverty, which is compounded household, community and national poverty.

The 2001/2002 participatory poverty assessment by the Uganda Participatory Poverty

Assessment Process (UPPAP), and Save the Children UK studies on child poverty confirmed that children are a vulnerable category of the population, and that policy and institutional frameworks are taking longer to cope with changing sources of crisis and adversity. A link between large/polygamous families with poverty, and the high level of household population (six to eight members), increases the difficulty of providing adequate coverage and quality of public services such as education, health and housing for families, especially for children. Poor health reduces the productive capacity of households and limits children’s access to their basic needs.

 

The magnitude and complexity of the problem of child poverty in Uganda is large and growing, and cannot be ignored when designing national development and poverty reduction strategies. Unfortunately, children and young people continue to be marginalized in spite of interventions, especially where assumptions are made that interventions that address adult and household needs are also good for all children, including boys and girls of school-going and non-school-going ages. This partly explains why child poverty is underrepresented in most studies on poverty in Uganda (Save the Children UK, 2003)

 

JUSTIFICATION:

 

The rationale for carrying out this study on children in abject poverty in Uganda is based on the problems resulting from the fact that children in poverty are invisible, yet they constitute a disproportionately large section of the (poor) population. Children are subsumed within the most referred to poverty categories: households, communities and people; yet among these they always occupy a position of least power and influence (Save the Children Fund UK, 2003), and focus tends to concentrate on adult-related poverty. Children are vulnerable to shocks and adversities and, consequently, are hardest hit by poverty. Given that childhood is the most crucial developmental period in an individual’s lifetime, any damage at this stage can lead to a perpetuation of the cycles of poverty, resulting in intergenerational and/or chronic poverty. Interventions such as universal primary education, and maternal and childcare mitigate against the monumental odds.

 

PROGRAMME DISCRIPTION:

 

This programme is already running in Magogo,Bukaye,Bukonko and Bunyiiro 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 Bright future initiative org now is to acquire land and establish a rehabilitation center for these children, a home as well as a primary school. In this programme, Bright future initiative org – also seeks to provide logistics to these children.

 

The reason as to why we are advocating a rehabilitation center is: the problems we are facing when these children are in other people’s homes. For example the logistics given to them are sometimes taken away from them, they are denied to go to school and when they fall sick medication is not adequate.

 

PROGRAMME PURPOSE:

The purpose of this programme is to reduce the suffering of the orphans and vulnerable children, build their capacity through giving them love, care, education and simple activities to do so that they become productive in the society.

 

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:
  1. To improve the quality of life of the orphans and vulnerable children by establishing a permanent home, school and health care centre for them.
  2. To train care givers in care giving skills to enable these children get adequate care, love and support
  3. To provide adequate education to these children to make them good citizens and  have a better future through good education right from a tender age
  4. To create awareness to the community and the outside world the need to protect and support the vulnerable children and the orphans as well as protecting their rights.

 

 

Comparisons of studies and child perspectives

 

Child poverty can be analyzed both subjectively and objectively. Studies such as the Save the Children UK 2003 study have analyzed child poverty indicators on the basis of how they relate with institutional frameworks through which monitoring would be effected.

 

Characteristics of child poverty in key domains

 

 

Personal, emotional and spiritual well-being

 

• Lack of parental guidance, care and love

• Not having the means to get what one wants

• Inability to solve daily problems, both as a result of lack of money as well as lack of initiative and innovation that results from financial poverty (‘poverty of the mind’)

• Being dependent on others

• Lack of religious grounding

• Discrimination and deprivation

• Alcohol abuse by parents.

 

 

       Bfi-Uganda motto is:             ‘give’ a hand, save a life.

 

         OBJECTIVES OF THE BFI-UG

 

  1. To improve the capacity of parents and communities to enhance their abilities to support school development programmes
  2. To improve knowledge and skills of Head teachers and School Management Committees for effective management of schools and other related institutions. To improve children’s academic performance, participation and interest in learning and staying in school.
  3. To promote participation of children, schools and communities in advocacy and observance of child rights.
  4. To support schools to ensure provision of acceptable child friendly learning environment that is healthy and by safe increasing their awareness about HIV/AIDS; hygiene and sanitation best practices; malaria and other common preventable diseases.
  5. To improve children’s knowledge, essential life skills, values and attitudes to enable them develop capacities to work, participate fully in society for better quality of life and responsible living
  6. To support Girl child and Children With Disabilities (CWD’s) especially in rural areas, to gain interest and increase their access to quality education and other opportunities..
  7. To advocate for better policies, by laws, best practices and opportunities that increase children’s access to better learning conditions and education.
  8. To improve adherence of education institutions to good governance best practices.
  9. To support schools’ initiatives that protect environment; increase income; and ensure food security.
  10. To strengthen the capacity of Bfi-Uganda and effective  service delivery and implementation of education programmes.



PRAYER:

Visiting Orphans is dependent on God.

We express our dependency through prayer and meditation on His Word. Our desire is to be used by God so that He may be glorified.

As we submit to Him moment by moment we may experience the answer to Jesus' prayer in John 17:21:  "My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father - that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me."

Heavenly Father,
We pray for the children of the world who feel abandoned, that they may know you and your mercy.

We pray for the children whose only hope is the next meal, that you may become the center of their lives and they may know a greater purpose and hope.

We pray for those who are able to visit orphans that they will not delay in administering care, and that they will be effective in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We give thanks for your hand of protection and provision for children of the world who don't know a provider.

Thank you for revealing the way, the truth and the life of Jesus Christ, by your power may we show the world what you have shown us.

Amen