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With its many national parks that contain a wide variety of wildlife, Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa. Its diverse geography includes volcanic hills, mountains, and lakes. As beautiful as the country is, Uganda struggles with poverty with one of the youngest and most rapidly growing populations in the world. Large families strain household resources, and kids go hungry. More than half of all kids under 5 in Uganda live in poverty, and most teens don’t finish secondary school. That’s why our global community of Child Champions is here, working in hard places to bring help and hope to children.

Children in poverty


Lack of Health Care Services

Only about half of the population in Uganda has access to medical facilities. Outside the capital city of Kampala, hospitals are scarce and offer only basic services. Equipment and medicines are also often in short supply or unavailable. So, when children get sick – especially with preventable illnesses like malaria and cholera – there is little families can do to treat them.

How Child Champions Are Helping Children in Poverty in Uganda

Children attending OneChild Hope Centers receive preventive medical checkups, necessary medicines, and immunizations to fight common diseases. In addition, kids learn how to take care of their bodies and protect themselves from illness through simple and effective hygiene habits.



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Lack of Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

At the root of many common diseases like cholera, anemia, acute respiratory infections, and typhoid is a lack of clean water. Ongoing droughts make this problem worse as people wind up drinking water from unsafe sources, making them sick.

How Child Champions Are Helping Children in Poverty in Uganda

Kids enrolled at Hope Centers in Uganda have access to clean water and also are taught good hygiene practices to avoid preventable illnesses. Most Hope Centers have a well that pumps clean water and makes it available not only to the kids, but to the community as well. The Childrens Crisis Fund often helps construct these badly needed wells. Kids also have access to health care at their centers in the event they end up sick from drinking contaminated water.


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Food Insecurity

Drought and more than a million refugees from neighboring Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo have strained food resources in Uganda. Nearly half of all Ugandans consume fewer calories than they need every day. One in three schoolchildren have no food to eat during the school day.

How Child Champions Are Helping Children in Poverty in Uganda

Kids attending Hope Centers receive nutritious food and supplements, and Child Champions help them stay healthy and fight child hunger. The Children’s Crisis Fund also ensures that kids and their families receive and emergency food supplies in times of famine and drought. Child Champions also promote child development opportunities that improve kids’ physical health.


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Staying in School Vs. Dropping Out

Among poor families in Uganda, school fees, child marriage, teenage pregnancy, and abuse at schools push children out of secondary school. Uganda has the highest school dropout rate for females in East Africa, at 42.8%.

How Child Champions Are Helping Children in Poverty in Uganda

Many Hope Centers are schools, where children are instructed in a range of subjects and skills. In communities where schools are in place, Child Champions often tutor children at their Hope Centers to make sure they don’t fall behind in their studies, and through OneChild’s Partners Fund, Child Champions provide children with school and other supplies to make sure they are well equipped for school.



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Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)