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Helping Vulnerable Children, Uganda

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Eden Ministries Uganda.

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Early childhood care and development (ECCD) is not given due attention at national level and this trickles down to community and household level. Resource allocation to ECCD by Uganda’s ministry of Education and Sports is the missing link. This leaves ECCD mostly in the hands of the private proprietors especially in the urban areas.

Little or no attention is given to the psychosocial and cognitive development needs of young children; this has a bearing on their future potential mentally, socially, physically and academically. The circumstances and opportunities of early childhood (0-6 years) are crucial in determining lifelong outcomes. Children have a variety of needs and corresponding rights that relate to health, nutrition, cognitive development, protection from neglect and abuse. The two communities where we work lack facilities to provide such benefits and It is observable that most of the parents do not recognize the importance of early childhood care and are not well prepared for the obligation and demands of parenthood and childcare.

What is your project and how will it help?

The project pursues a CCCD approach that focuses on the best interests of the child whilst aiming at empowering children and their communities. The project also aligns with a rights-based approach (RBA) that educates children and adults on their rights and responsibilities whilst creating linkages with primary duty-bearers. This project aims to ensure benefits from complementary interventions addressing both access to and the quality of basic education. The strong advocacy component aims to create awareness and solicit support for the establishment of quality ECCD Centres. Special emphasis will be given to children below 6 years of age. A training needs assessment will be conducted to gauge knowledge and skill levels, perceptions, values and beliefs on ECCD among the selected centre attendants, ECCD committees and other relevant structures prior to building their capacity to deliver.

Out project aims to improve the quality of life of vulnerable children and households in the 2 Eden Ministries partner communities by June 2013. We aim to achieve the following outcomes: enhanced knowledge and skills among 3750 households and 550 school youth on income generation, food security, child and community health. The project will also increase access of 750 children to early child education and the retention of 2387 children in primary schools.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

We happily accept donations or any other contributions that can help us in the implementation of our project.

Please detail the resources that you need.

Main Activities 2012-2013 – Estimated cost (US $ )

Awareness raising (Subcounty &district officials) $200
Awareness raising (community) $150
Dialogue meetings on community contribution towards ECD centres
(Includes follow up meetings to assess progress on community action) $500
Instituting centre management committees at village level $250
Training stakeholders in income generating activities for sustainability. $350
Assembling community contribution towards the ECD center & Planning start of work $250
Developing some of the IEC materials about ECD activities $5000
Training for care givers/ teachers. (volunteers at the centre) $1200
Training of centre management committee and parental groups. $750
Administration costs and logistics $1500
Construction of the ECD centers $8500
Setting up of safe learning environment for children $5450
Development of children’s learning materials $2340
Registration of eligible children for ECD sessions $10
Building strategic networks with the various local and national organisations and partners. $480
Routine monitoring of progress (multi-stakeholder involvement) $1500
Official launch of the water sources and hand over to community $2000

Total US $30,430

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Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Uganda

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Education and training


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