June 16th is the Day of the African Child, a day for “raising awareness for the situation of children in Africa and the need for continuing improvement in education” while encouraging “people's spirit of abundance to share something special with a child in Africa” (World Health Organization). The children of Uganda are the future peace ambassadors who are leading their country out of a long period of conflict. However, these children are facing many issues including malnutrition, lack of education, and intense poverty.
One third of children under the age of five have stunted growth due to malnutrition (usaid.gov). Fourteen percent of children lack primary school education, and 25% do not attend secondary school across the country (Education Policy and Data Center). The lack of education is especially felt by girls, and in the Moroto district, only 6.4% of girls finish their primary education (Global Partnership for Education). While this is only one district, we see similar stories across northern Uganda, which was disproportionally affected by civil war.
On top of the issues of malnutrition and educational gaps, the war has caused a large interruption in the lives of many people. 1.7 million people lived in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps across northern Uganda during the two decades of war with the Lord’s Resistance Army (Invisible Children). The war has only exasperated pre-existing disparities in education, health, and income. Children of Peace Uganda (CPU), an organization located in Lira, Uganda, works to end some of these disparities and brings holistic healing to those affected by the war.
Our GlobeMed team at UW-Madison and the KareMeKuc team have been working with Children of Peace Uganda (CPU) this summer. We are asking you to help us raise money so CPU can purchase a van that will make it possible to expand programming and ensure sustainability of pre-existing programs. The van will be used to safely transport many sponsored children to school, bring materials and equipment to all CPU-run programs in the communities, allow more staff members to go out into the field to conduct trainings and better manage programs, and eventually save money on fuel costs.
Our goal is to raise $6,000 to supplement $9,000 already raised by KareMeKuc which will make the purchase possible. To learn more about Children of Peace Uganda and the specific programs they run please use this link: www.instagram.com/childrenofpeaceuganda/
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Thank you very much for your time and support in making an impact in the lives of these children and families.