Uganda: Helping Children Grow
Serwanga has been disabled from birth and can’t walk on his own. Living in a Ugandan village with a profound disability, it’s more difficult than most for this 12-year-old to get to school each day, but if Serwanga can’t get an education, he faces a life of extreme poverty, just like his parents.
Serwanga has been getting help from an organisation in his region who supports children at risk. They gave him a wheelchair some years ago, to make it possible for him to go to school, but it had started to break down.
“It was hard for him to make it to school every day,” said one staff member.
Even once at school, learning was a challenge for Serwanga and his classmates. They don’t have enough stationery, school books or even uniforms for children from poorer families.
The NGO requested a shipment of educational goods from Crossroads that would help them equip schools like Serwanga’s. When it arrived, they couldn’t hold back their excitement!
“This school had so few items to facilitate teaching before, leaving many of these children in despair,” they said after distributing many cartons of stationery.
“This is a new change in life for these children!”
Serwanga himself received a new, working wheelchair from the shipment, as well as a pack of pens, pencils and other stationery to help him learn.
“Many of these children are neglected and left to wander in the community with no one to help,” wrote our partners. “Now, there is a lot of hope for Serwanga to continue his education.”
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Population: 37.58 million
Uganda is a fertile, land-locked country in East Africa, in the Africa Great Lakes region, with a tropical climate.
Great progress has been made in fighting HIV in Uganda, but 1.5 million people still live with the disease, and there are 1 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
39% of girls are married by the age of 18. 37.7% of people in Uganda live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day.
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