Poverty is an impediment to the enjoyment of most fundamental human rights. In Uganda, increasing poverty levels among caregivers of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) have constrained and denied many children the right to obtain a formal education. In some of the villages where we work, these children are living in environments that put them at risk on many levels -- physically, emotionally, socially, financially and developmentally. Their plight reduces their chances of survival and their hope of obtaining the education they need to escape the crushing poverty of their surroundings.
Our holistic approach to poverty reduction includes a scholarship program for these children, giving special priority to girls. CCUg provides program beneficiaries with school fees and scholastic materials, guidance and mentoring to help them achieve their educational and career goals. Most of the children under this program are orphans; some were abandoned by their biological parents, while others are under the care of elderly relatives or caregivers living with AIDS.
In addition to child educational sponsorship, we also provide Adult Literacy training to their caregivers and other illiterate women in the communities we serve. Providing literacy training to caregivers enables them to increase their earning potential and gradually strengthens the financial and educational support they are able to provide to their children.