■ The Project
Children without parents
Half of all people in Uganda are children: about 17 million (according to the Central Intelligence Agency, November 2011)! In most parts of the country, civil war is not the biggest threat anymore. But the medical aid available is catastrophic. Many children still die of preventable of curable illnesses.
"Education is the key" is a slogan that can be found all over the country.
Hundreds of thousands of children are orphans. They must make their own way. Distant relatives are usually too poor themselves to care for anyone but their own children – if even that much is possible. Additionally, many children are refugees or live in the street, without the prospect of a brighter future.
Uganda (Capital: Kampala) is situated in East Africa. An area of 236.860 km² is populated by 34.5 million people – and the population is growing at a rate of 3.5%. The official language is English. There are over 30 different ethnic groups.
Our project is located in Kagadi, a small town in the West located between Hoima and Fort Portal. Runyoro is the indigenous language in this region.
Colonisation, military dictatorship and civil war have ruined Uganda. Today, the situation has improved, largely due to president Museveni. Economic growth rates are constantly high and the country is seen as a frontrunner in the fight against new cases of HIV infection.
But these positive changes are taking place on the lowest possible levels. Uganda is still one of the poorest countries in the world and is still suffering from an incredibly high rate of AIDS aong the population.