Children Enjoy Good Health
- Target areas: An increase in children who are well nourished (0-5 years)
World Vision is tackling child hunger and malnutrition through maternal and child health and nutrition programmes. Within the past two years, a total of 20 ADPs and one Area Rehabilitation programme have been supported to integrate maternal and child health and nutrition into their programmes. The health and nutrition capacity building project is tailored to identify and enhance capacity gaps in maternal and child health and nutrition.
- There has also been improved infant and young child feeding and caring practices in communities. World Vision complemented the Ministry of Health to strengthen community access to basic primary health care by training 300 village health teams in 10 districts, reaching about 10,000 mothers and caregivers with key health and nutrition information, education and communication.
In four districts, community led management of children who were under-nourished is taking place through the positive deviance hearth model. Over 200 children have been rehabilitated through this programme.
- There has also been promotion of optimal infant feeding at community level as well as immunisation.
Children Are Educated For Life
- Education Strategic Focus areas:
Strengthening the capacities of households and communities to provide for children to complete primary education, by capacity building with parents on positive parenting, and strengthening livelihoods and economic capacity of households to provide for children’s education
- Building capacities of communities and local institutions to demand for quality primary school education, by supporting an exchange programme for teachers, children to promote sharing of ideas and replication of best practices, and supporting schools with essential instructional and reading materials. Training peer educators on life skills and monitoring of Universal Primary Education program in target schools.
- Improved access of girls and boys to primary school education, through the development of infrastructure in areas affected by conflict and hard to reach communities. This is being done in northern Uganda through construction of classrooms and latrines and provision of desks.
- Alternative Basic Education for Karamoja is being implemented to meet the learning needs of the children of pastoral communities. The Kotido improved Education Project is targeting 20,000 children and has enabled about 13,000 to access this kind of education. This is a Non-Formal Education where these pastoral children who don’t move to school are educated from where they are.
Children Experience Love Of God And Their Neighbours
World Vision, in partnership with Scripture Union of Uganda through the Church Partnership for Child Well-being Project, trained 80 teachers on spiritual nurturing of children. Following the training, 39 Junior Scripture Union clubs were formed in which 3,002 children are taking part in prayer, Bible study, fellowship and community outreaches to fellow vulnerable children in the community. Sixteen schools reported children engaging in outreach activities, such as improving community sanitation, taking care of vulnerable persons such as the elderly and prayer.
Children Are Cared For, Protected And Participating
- This has been through child empowerment in life skills and sensitisations on child abuse and how to protect themselves. Awareness on child protection in schools and communities has been advocated for through prevention, protection and restoration from all forms of child abuse.
- Comprehensive child protection policy and management of allegations and incidents. Before this policy was made, consultations from communities, children and staff were made and this made it highly contextual.
- Staff is trained on how to relate to children while working with them and also Referral networks on how a child is helped should anything happen.
- From 2009 to 2011 there has been a steady increase on children and staff reporting child abuse incidents which has been dealt with by the child protection committees at national and cluster levels.
- There have also been networks and partnerships for child participation through district OVC (Orphaned and Vulnerable Children) coalition committees and sub county coalition committees. World Vision Uganda supports them through training on child protection, capacity building and funds their meetings.
- In the last three years, there have been a number of from birth to age five projects on child protection in a spirit of promoting child well-being outcomes by empowering children to take part in programming processes so as to know their rights. This applies to children above the age of 10 who are able to differentiate right from wrong. The younger ones are spoken for by the older ones.