SHARE PROJECT - is a grassroots non profit Organization based in Pallisa, Uganda.
The Emphasis is on Educating children who are unable to afford a decent education by constructing a school, getting financial assistance, and gaining a school sponsorship for them to get an education and be guided by mentors in the process.
These Children Live with devastated minds and fear- No Hope e.g. forced into early marriages, dying of hunger, eat from dust bins, do not have opportunity to go to school.Challenge
Overall is poverty contributing to too many children not able to continue with education? The problem is lack of adequate support, structures set up to address such problem. (education of needy and poor rural Orphaned and Vulnerable children) The first beneficiaries will be children (OVC's) to have a school to go to.Solution
The focus is on addressing problems that hinder these children from accessing quality Education, Health care and Other support services. We believe that we can only help families improve their conditions of living by providing educational opportunities to their children.Long-Term Impact
To improve the quality of life of orphans, and vulnerable children by providing them with basic needs and quality education. To provide children with solid education that gives them opportunity to break out of poverty To break the cycle of 'No Hope' and create the cycle of 'Real Hope.' To gradually decrease the number of those in poverty, and empower those being educated. Pipe Dream -Goal: To see this program be successful in the target area and then identify more children.
Intereted Volunteers Needed Urgently!
The SHARE- Project is requesting volunteers to work for children that are highly vulnerable and cannot access school, proper nutrition, health services and safe housing (street children / drug youth). They live with devastated minds and fear / no hope e.g.
* Forced into early marriages to bring bride price to the parents.
* Sexually abused, molested and tortured, and denied of formal education in order to attend house hold chores by their parents and close relatives.
* Dying of hunger, starvation and malnutrition.
* Born with and infested with and die of HIV because of lack of medical attention.
* Become orphans at tender age without care takers.
* Eat from dust bins and sleep on streets because they are homeless and nobody cares about them.
* Dumped in dust bins, garbage and pit latrines after birth by mothers and those born with physical disabilities and are rejected by society.
The Children targeted are those with potential to fall under vulnerability, whose parents are dead and or whose mothers got forced pregnancies/single parents. The number of children losing their lives is increasing due to lack of care in the land and facilities; this has also increased vulnerability and the level of poverty to almost 80% of the population.
We have therefore made it a priority to take a step towards restoring the lives of such children in Pallisa and advocating for their rights by saying "silence no more".
Problem statement; Major problems that make children / Households vulnerable are;
Uganda has got 20% of adults who have not attended either primary education or dropped out before finishing primary Education Level.
Of these, more than 15% have lacked support in their childhood. Since 1970 to 2009 more than 30% in Uganda have not attained secondary school education.
Over 70% of the population use thumbprints for signatures. More 50% are enrolled as school dropouts per year.
According to the statistics from Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED), the increase in UPE and USE enrollment has not been marched by equivalent increase in teachers, classrooms, and textbooks.
Completion rates for secondary education are still low.
Participation of local leaders and communities in both UPE and USE is still limited.
There is concern that UPE and USE funds including grants are being mismanaged. Supervision, monitoring and evaluation of UPE and USE Programs have been inadequate.
Poverty is very severe in Uganda leading to famine, hunger, starvation, malnutrition, inability to dress and take children to school and other associated problems.
Subsistence agriculture is the dominant activity in Uganda but almost 1% of the population is able to save that little but no investments at all.
According to vision 2025, a strategic frame work for National Development-main document volume1: there are 28 million people in Uganda with 2.5% growth rate.46% of the total population are below upper national poverty line. Also according to the statistics from Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED), during the 1990, income poverty fell drastically.
However since2000, income poverty has risen, with a proportion below the poverty line rising from 34% in 2000 to 38% in 2003.
3. High rate of HIV/AIDS child infection
According to the statistics from Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED), despite the sustained declining trend in HIV/AIDS prevalence among people, it remains a significant threat to unborn babies, young and adults.
Over1 million cumulative HIV/AIDS-related deaths have been reported since it was first recognized in the country.
4. Increased child and maternal mortality
According to the statistics from Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED), Uganda seeks to reduce child mortality between 1990 and 2015.
The country also aims at achieving the target of 31 deaths per 1000 live birth by 2015.With regard to child characteristics, first born children have a 2% higher mortality rate.
The percentage of children who are immunized is still low. The maternal health indicators for Uganda have generally remained poor in the last 2 decades.
The major causes of maternal mortality include; severe bleeding, unsafe abortion obstructed labor, high fertility rates and poor access to quality maternal and neonatal care.
Malaria remains the leading cause of morbidity as well as mortality in Uganda. Tuberculosis remains endemic especially among HIV- infected persons all of which subject young people to slip into the death pangs of child neglect and drug abuse.
However, the problem of helpless, needy, vulnerable and orphaned children is a major focus of project choice as it is our basis that other problems will be tackled and solutions provided.
- Child Welfare
- Program Management
- Literacy / Reading
- Elder care
- Youth Services
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Volunteer hours 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday - Friday
- When you arrive at Entebbe airport; Visa costs $US50, and volunteer cost with us is $US40.