OUR CURRENT PROJECTS
Arts & Crafts
The making of all sorts of handcrafts like purses, necklaces, dolls, and doll puppets, etc. These especially the doll puppets have helped us in teachings of children through storytelling where children are allowed to express themselves and have fun. This has boosted self-esteem among the children and they are more eager to learn. On the side of other crafts, enough effort is put in to see that this project is boosted to help sustain the Orphan Aid Uganda (O.A.U). To do this we need joint efforts to work together and make Orphan Aid Uganda Archive her goals of Christlike discipleship.
Music, Dance, and Drama talented skills
The inspirational regularly teach music to the children. Both a DVD and a CD have been recorded of this choir dressed in various traditional outfits. Children express themselves through Dance, Music, and Drama during their free time. We get in Volunteer teachers who teach these children ways to handle this.
Our main focus is to help the children who are interested in Music and Dance to develop their talent at an early stage so that they are able to do what they love most in the future.
To allow children to be children and take their minds off the trauma of their hard early childhood. Where most of them were abused, starved, orphaned, and abandoned, and through the music they are able to express how they feel and let out their anger and also gain confidence.
COVID-19 EMERGENCY APPEAL
As the health crisis continues to evolve with each new day, a humanitarian crisis is unfolding for the world’s most vulnerable and marginalized. For those living in extreme poverty, in urban slums, refugee camps, and communities affected by war or previous humanitarian disasters, the challenge could not be greater. Strict lockdowns have caused loss of income, pushing people further into poverty and putting millions at risk of hunger and starvation. Prolonged school closures have placed children at increased risk of permanent dropout and increased protection risks. Without immediate and direct local level interventions, these vulnerable communities face an uncertain future.
United Helping Hands 4 Uganda recognizes that our experience and expertise in emergencies, coupled with our model of working hand in hand with a network of excellent local partners, has put us in a unique position to not only mount a rapid response to the health crisis but to also ramp up our response to these emerging humanitarian needs. The communities we support need us to act. We are determined to do just that.
How Can I Help?
In this, a global crisis like no other, we recognize that all of us – every single one of us – has a responsibility to these vulnerable communities. In order to protect and support the vulnerable communities we work with throughout COVID-19 and beyond we need your support, now more than ever. Your support could.
- Provide communities with clean water, soap, and information to keep themselves safe and prevent the spread of the virus.
- Provide children with remote learning opportunities to ensure they do not miss out on their education throughout prolonged periods of school closure and where possible ensure their safe return to school.
- Ensure families are provided with food, cash, and/or livelihood support to help them recover from the economic effects of the crisis.
Child Care Program
We do once again introduce to you the above program which is part of the objectives of increasing enrollment and supporting orphans/vulnerable children in schools, basic, legal, nutritional, and medical support. We have so far identified a number of children who need help most and we have confidence that with your help, these children can reach unexpected heights in the future and be able to sustain themselves and their families.
We also want to thank our current sponsors of the children for your continued and tireless support for disadvantaged children in various forms. The challenges are still increasing due to the high costs and poor standards of living coupled with the increasing number of orphans without any assistance and child-headed families. But while we are assisting these children, we can’t do it in isolation of your support. We are therefore calling for your kind participation in helping these helpless children and their families live a better life by sponsoring or getting them sponsors to meet their Educational, Nutritional, Medical, Legal and Basic support.
It does not need one to be very rich to help a child under Orphan Aid Uganda because we believe that even a cup of water can create a huge smile on a needy child’s face. Child sponsorship allows you to personally connect with a child in need while making a lasting investment in his/her future. Your donation also strengthens your child’s local community, ensuring an extended network of support and a safe environment in which your child can thrive. You will receive a photo and personal profile of the child you are sponsoring, updates on his or her wellbeing, and notes, drawings, or correspondence from your child, at least twice a year. You will also have the opportunity to send notes and small gifts to your child. Child sponsorship provides more than just short-term hunger relief—it provides total quality of life (improved health, better education, reduced risk of HIV/AIDS, higher earning potential, etc.) and a brighter future for your sponsored child. You can make a difference in a child’s life by providing assistance for the basic living needs of a child.
- Income Generating Activities
United Helping Hands 4 Uganda’s economic initiative is aimed at Income Generating Activities with the goal of promoting the economic empowerment of the rural poor in the development process. The main areas for intervention in this respect include the initiation of the following:
- Sustainable agriculture paving the way for commercial crop production from subsistence to Sustainable Commercial farming
- Animal Husbandry
- Addition of value to Agro-produce
- Sustainable Organic Agriculture.
Lobbying (Raising) Funds
The purpose of raising funds in the United Helping Hands 4 Uganda is mainly for the implementation of the planned activities to benefit the beneficiaries, to facilitate initial capacity-building activities within the targeted communities and the organization. For long-term funding, the organization will establish direct contact with the funding sources who are willing to support the organization financially and also in any other area that deem fit for United Helping Hands 4 Uganda members.
- Animal husbandry
This will greatly support the practicing of sustainable agriculture mainly in the area of manure making which includes the following: – cows, goats, birds, pigs, and beekeeping is the plan to support the members by giving every five families one cow, one goat, one pig, and a few poultry. The methods will be that one family has a cow, the other gets a goat, etc and after the giving birth of any of these, the offspring will be given to one member in the five family team at random until the entire five members have acquired all the different category of animals. This will help the community in organic farming practicing thus alleviating poverty.
The organization runs a microfinance scheme to help rural communities fight poverty through Micro Credit and Saving Initiative.
It is the goal to provide microcredit and saving services to transform the livelihood of the rural active poor into economically viable and sustainable living.
Sanitary Pad Program
Problem: Female students have limited to no access to the products and medication needed to manage their monthly menstrual cycles. Their independence is curtailed, their education is punctuated by monthly absences during their cycle, and their confidence suffers.
Solution: By increasing female students’ sponsorship donation by $2, each female student will receive an education focused on women’s health and menstruation. During their training, they will also receive a Sanitary Kit that contains reusable menstrual pads made locally, soap to wash their pads, and medication to control menstrual symptoms.
Impact: Each female student is empowered with access to continuous education, allowed the freedom to choose where she will be any day of the month, and is given the very dignity she deserves.
Our mentoring program works to support and keep secondary students in school, a time when they are more at-risk to drop out. Working with partner secondary schools, this weekly course covers topics on building strong self-esteem and leadership, making healthy decisions, and creating a brighter future. Older secondary students are also paired with younger students to learn and support one another. With the support of the Waterloo Foundation, the program is launching in four new schools, benefiting over 1,000 young people.