Basing on the number of school dropout due loss of their parents,
family neglegency, the insufficient funds to pay for school fees and
scholastic materials, Samaritans For Children was started to help
the most vulnerable and marginalized children so that they can attain quality
education and become responsible citizens of Uganda.
The director(Muyingo Andrew) having struggled in life as an orphan while growing up,
he was inspired
to start Samaritans For Children in 2014 to help the most vulnerable
children in Mityana and elsewhere.
We started with taking care of 12 children and the organisation is currently
taking care of 73 children in schools like New Junior School Mityana.
The organisation helps the orphans and vulnerable children with basic education,
spiritual support, social and economic welfare plus medication though it calls for more
funding due the high vulnerability of children in Mityana District
Situation Analysis Of Orphans And Vulnerable Children In Uganda
Uganda was one of the first countries in which the potential impact of the HIV and AIDS
epidemic on children was documented and recognized (Hunter 1990, Müller and Abbas 1990,
Dunn et al. 1992). According to Children on the Brink 2000 (Hunter and Williamson 2000),
in 1990, 17 percent of Uganda’s children below 15 years old were orphaned. The Uganda
National Household Survey conducted by UBOS in 2005/6 identified that 15 percent of
Ugandan children (below the age of 18 years old) were orphaned, suggesting that at that time
there were approximately two million orphaned children in Uganda.
In Uganda, a child who has been orphaned is defined as a child below the age of 18 years old
whose mother or father has died 1 (MGLSD 2004b). According to this definition, orphaned
children are just one category of vulnerable children in Uganda, since many more children
live in situations that render them vulnerable. Rampant poverty and lack of access to basic
services (such as appropriate housing, health care, education, water, and sanitation) have
left many children vulnerable to high risks of exposure to harm.