Teaching and Helping in two orphanages in Uganda
African Child In Need is a Non-Governmental, Non profit making, Non Political Organization with TWO Orphanages, Nsambya Children's Home in Kampala District and Caring House Project Nangalama in Bugiri District one of the remote Villages in World. It is Child centered NGO operating in the third world Country Uganda Africa to long-term sustainable health, Education and Child support, prevention and protection of child abuse and neglect, through strengthening, implementation of activities in areas of advocacy and service delivery,working with children and communities for sustained impact. dedicated to the reduction of suffering, elimination of extreme poverty in the world poorest villages. The organization strives to achieve lasting improvement in the quality of life of children through processes that unites people across cultures and add meaning and value to their lives, It was founded by movement of believers (Christians) passionately concerned for destitute children. As a country Uganda fighting to survive the abject poverty and despair, gripping,death, grieving parents, hungry children and utter hopelessness. Twenty years since the on set of HIV/AIDS has been attracting head lines in Uganda trapped in accelerating AIDS spiral. Many health workers however, believe that the figure is much higher and warn that the infection rate may explode as the disease spreads out of high risk groups into general population. Aids has passed the percentage margin judged to be the thresh hold of general epidemic. Children suffer imaginable trauma & Psycological pains as they witness the prolonged death of their parents. Increasing number of children are faced by death of one or both parents to assume responsibility not only for their own lives but also for those of their young siblings after which tragic consequences for their rights & development. The challenge is their for to think & act beyond the disease itself & focus on the faces of infected & affected children by HIV/AIDS, one voice,many faces, united for life. MISSION We devotedly stand as advocate for destitute children, using God given resources to release them from the bondages of poverty and enhance their academic status,give health care & expose them socially & help them exploit spiritual gifts & potential so that they become positive change agents in the community.
African child in need is a movement of Christians passionately concerned for destitute children, committed to every child having the opportunity to become all that God intends, with passion to know Christ & give our selves towards Him in part of transforming places of darkness, hopelessness & death in to places of light, and life found in Jesus Christ.
GOAL: The overall goal is to build venerable children, train them with skills and bringing up useful citizens.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES : -In response to spiritual mandate of love & compassion, African child in need purpose to minister to needy children with God given passion to extol His glory, proclaim the gospel & minister God's compassionate love to the abused, broken, exploited, dying & oppressed children. -To identify problems faced by children in difficult circumstances. -To reach out, to evangelize, to disciple, to minister to destitute children. -To create awareness among leaders & members of the selected communities about the plight of vulnerable children with a view to create will & commitment to help these special categories of children. -To intensify & broaden creative & better methods of managing substance abuse among vulnerable children.
ACTIVITIES : Evangelism & Discipleship, shelter,feed & instruct orphans & street children in an atmosphere of Christian love & encouragement & support, vocational skills training, advocacy,health, resettlement, Bible study, community sensitization,basic
literacy & numeracy services, street work, recreational services,& school academics, the Hostel facilities & education.
SPECIFIC PROBLEMS :Education is often the first causalities for an orphan & vulnerable children. Children do not go to school because of domestic burden problem upon them become too great. They also become exposed to exclusion from other services including vital information about health, nutrition & life skills.The nature of work children engage in usually expose them to sexual abuse,forced to work as slaves with out a voice. They are rarely had & have limited exposure to information & continually exposed to risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. Its relatively well known that the healthy emotional cognitive & physical development of young people requires that they have at least one consisted & loving care giver with whom they make bond. Children living out of family structure lack positive role models & are at greater risks of feeling powerless & disaffected to crime. Life on streets usually means a life of invisibility especially so for children living on the streets. Street children are often shunned,ignored & excluded. Street children are not pleasant to look at, living on the streets means being dirty,naked,& being ill. One on the streets becomes vulnerable to all forms of exploitation & abuse & their daily lives are likely to be removed from the ideal child hood.Street children luck adult or mentor to tell him right or wrong & therefore prone to drugs & substance abuse. Orphans & street children usually, they have a poor self image. they leave home because of general poverty. Death of parents due to HIV/AID, poverty of education, relevant training, poverty of potential which leads father to despair & give up hope, poverty of esteem & opportunity, parental abuse & beating, poverty in form of hunger, broken homes & families & civil wars.