World Vision celebrates Parliament’s passing of two bills to protect children
On 3 May 2021, the Parliament of Uganda passed the Sexual Offences Bill 2019 which criminalises marriages involving children and other sexual offences against children. The next day, on 4 May 2021, the Prevention and Prohibition of Human Sacrifice Bill was also passed. World Vision and like-minded partners mobilised and engaged stakeholders to influence national legislation against violence against children.
Prioritise ending violence against children in and around Schools - Child rights organisations
As we prepare for schools' reopening, the Joining Forces Coalition is calling upon the Government, communities and schools to prioritise ending violence against children in and around schools.
In many parts of the country, violence against children sadly remains common and widespread within homes, communities and schools.
Motorised water system relieves more than 34,000 people including refugees with disabilities
Imagine competing for contaminated river water with animals. Now imagine trying to do it with a disability. Two years ago, that was life for some South Sudanese refugees in Omugo Settlement in Terego District. In 2019, World Vision, with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, constructed a motorised water system relieving more than 34,000 people (66% of which are refugees) from the burden of looking for water.
Relaunch of the 'It Takes A World' campaign in Uganda
Despite significant strides by the Government of Uganda and partners, the status of violence against children still calls for urgent attention, more so during the COVID-19 crisis.
Recognising that preventing violence against children is a hallmark of World Vision, we are relaunching our 'It Takes A World' campaign in Uganda with realignment to our new strategy, and as a reaffirmation of our commitment to ending violence against children.
World Vision makes donation towards immunisation and vaccination activities
World Vision’s health and nutrition programme aims at contributing to an increase in the number of children aged from zero to five years who are well-nourished and protected from infection and disease by 2025, through the promotion of access and utilisation of quality health care services. In line with this objective, World Vision has made a donation of 4,750,000 doses of dewormers valued at USD 760,000 (approx. UGX 2.8B) to the Ministry of Health, ahead of this year's Child Days Plus activities.
Keeping children engaged through home-based learning and psychosocial support in the wake of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause a sense of dread among parents as schools largely remain closed in Uganda, including play centres for children in refugee settlements. This is why seven para-social workers trained by World Vision in Bidibidi settlement (through funding from UNICEF) have embraced a new way of teaching and reaching out to children with psychosocial support.
World Vision Uganda seeks to address causes and effects of poverty through development, relief and advocacy. Over 128,633 registered children benefit from World Vision Uganda’s work. World Vision Uganda is able to provide educational support, construct and equip schools and health centres, train health workers and farmers, participate in advocacy campaigns, distribute improved crop varieties and animal breeds, and provide clean and safe water.
World Vision Uganda started in 1986 to offer relief and resettlement packages and to help reconstruct districts in central Uganda ravaged by the 1981-1986 war. Development work was added on with the initiation of Community Development Projects (CDPs) in central, southern, western and West Nile regions between 1987 and 1995.
Projects based on grants were also started to cover different sectors including water and sanitation, HIV and AIDS, food security, feeder roads, psychosocial support and peace building. Expansion in geographical areas and in activities has been based on need.
World Vision Uganda operates in more than 50 districts, with 47 Area Development Programmes (ADPs).