Vicky & Charles
More than one million children in Uganda have been orphaned by the country’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Vicky, Charles and their five brothers and sisters are a small part of that grim statistic.
Their parents died a few years ago in one of the ‘Internal Displacement Camps’ where whole communities fled to escape the LRA conflict in northern Uganda. Most residents had little more than what they could carry on their backs.
Once their Mum and Dad had gone, the only thing in the world the children had was each other. They had been left to fend for themselves and when we found them their hut was crumbling. They were in desperate need.
You’re helping ‘child headed households’ like these to live independently and to stay together. With your support we’ve helped Charles and Vicky to build a bigger, better home. We’ve also found and trained a local mentor – someone in the community who is designated to watch over them and help them out.
Crucially, you’ve also helped provide them with the seeds and livestock that are growing this young family a sustainable future. The cattle helped plough the land in which they grew a bumper cassava crop. Their mentor helped them sell their harvest in the local market and to rent out their cattle and plough to other families.
With the money they’ve earned, they’ve paid for the Parent Teacher Association fees and bought the uniforms they needed to go to school. At 16, Charles has been the head of his family for far too long. You’ve helped him with his studies and he just passed a government exam which has won him a scholarship on a mechanical training course in Gulu.
His parents would no doubt be very, very proud of him. And thankful to you for giving him the future that they couldn’t provide themselves.