| EMPOWER AND CARE ORGANIZATION (EACO)
P.O Box 2784
Telephone +256 (0) 774310393
| Please take a look also at more EACO projects which will assist indirectly in ensuring that children can go to school in Uganda:
* Give Clean Water for 3,000 Children and Their Families in Maracha, Uganda
* Empower Ugandan women with bee-keeping skills
* Internee (s) and Volunteers and trainers in Public health wanted in Mukono, Uganda
"For the millions of children across Africa who have been orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, the promise of the future lies in the compassionate response of families and community members taking action of their behalf. Investing in community-based organizations that strengthen the capacity of families to support children in need is one of the most effective ways a donor can make a direct and real difference. We must never forget the importance of family and community in the life of a child."
Empower and Care Organization has been registered since 2006, and operates in Mukono District, Central Uganda, and Maracha district, Northern Uganda. Our mission is to reduce poverty and HIV/AIDS through the creation of economic empowerment, and educational opportunities and support for disadvantaged groups of people. Our activities are targeted toward vulnerable women, particularly widows and those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as vulnerable children, youth, and the elderly.
EACO enables this through various programmes involving education, including:
1. Restoring Hope for the Marginalized
This program targets grandmothers, orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) living with their grandmothers. Major activities include:
• HIV/AIDS sensitization;
• Scholastic materials and midday school meals to OVCs;
• “Top-up” of school fees as needed through sponsorships;
2. Sexual/Reproductive Health
3. Vocational and Life Skills Training
This program targets vulnerable women, particularly widows and those living with HIV/AIDS, OVCs, and grandmothers caring for vulnerable children.
We believe that effective and sustainable development comes through empowerment programmes, where vulnerable members of the community are given the skills, motivation and support to improve their lives and communities.
EACO is striving to improve its services and welcomes international volunteers.
There are vast opportunities including, in our education work:
- HIV care and counseling to orphans and vulnerable children.
- Delivering support, materials and writing reports on EACO project progress.
- Teaching at schools and co-coordinating peer education projects.
- Assisting with administration.
- Delivering training to staff and volunteers on relevant issues concerning children.
- Writing grants proposals.
- Volunteer coordinators
- Resource Mobilization Officers
- Fundraising Officers
EACO particularly welcomes skilled professionals that can help the organization to improve and develop, but EACO welcomes the enthusiasm and commitment of all willing volunteers. EACO is committed to ensuring all voluntary experiences are as mutually beneficial as possible, and can find accommodation with local families or in guest houses. Regardless of the duration of your time, EACO will welcome you as one of the family, and give you the chance to make life-long friends in the community, REALLY make a difference, and work with a truly inspirational community based organization. for more details follow this link. http://eacouganda.webs.com/volunteering.htm
Dear friends, we’re very excited for your support towards EACO’s projects since we approached you about the need in our communities. As a community based organization developed by and for Ugandans, EACO has to work gain the funding required to run it's projects. Within this coming year 2013 we hope you will be able to stand with us so that we extend safe and clean water to the needy communities in Uganda.
Since 2004 EACO has provided physical and psychosocial support to marginalized and at-risk women, vulnerable children & orphans, youth and the elderly living in the Mukono district. EACO empowers communities by bringing safe and clean water to the communities in need. EACO's work is currently in Mukono district also in Maracha in collaboration with GHOM Fundamentally, EACO believes that clean and safe water with increased sanitation will improve the lives of each person involved. http://api.ning.com/files/7xbIjRv5FXSvXaGtjx-F2ug-P1HvGnjE*dogG-ZiLqXFFbvqJc0Cyab5J9CHr5padFooEgXhdrXQYrk8rtwbVaBU9O*m8WWC/PovertyinMalacha.jpg
People in rural areas in Maracha District Lack of access to water and sanitation is already exposing to more dangers like battering, rape and poverty. But with the looming impacts expected due to climate change, these dangers are feared to double. Children and women draw their drinking water mainly from surface sources, such as ponds, rivers, and lakes. These same sources are used by cattle and other livestock, as well as for bathing, washing clothes, and other domestic uses. These water sources also serve as breeding grounds for bacteria and diseases. There is also limited awareness and education of proper sanitation and hygiene techniques, which compounds the issues around the lack of clean water.http://api.ning.com/files/VthhEJwmhSdB9mvvJgjQH12nu3Hhio0gYk7ORFtGq3pIrHDCKve1DNKQsuJvqS81l8KyG2jYHtHUe2cw2pfJN615rBHinqbM/Communityatthesourceofwater.JPG
Due to social gender roles, women are made responsible to meet water and sanitation needs of the family.
In Maracha, a woman walks an average of ten kilometers in the dry season for water, spending 15-17 hours a week looking for water. This means that the same woman will spend two months of her time a year just walking long distances in search for water.
Children too are being affected with the lack of water and sanitation---affecting their schooling the most and have to share toilet facilities with boys. Many of them have ended up dropping out of school. Discrimination against women due to gender violates women's rights, undermines their health and well-being and cripples development of individual women's status.
EACO + GHOM:
EACO and GHOM will implement a safe water, hygiene, and sanitation program in the community of Maracha District of West Nile Uganda, the project will reach 2,500 school children including 500 households in the surrounding communities.
The project will begin by training community members in sanitation and hygiene education. Once trained, we shall go ahead to form a committee that will be charge of the borehole so that it is maintained.
The overall impact of this project is the improvement of health and sanitation standards for entire communities.
We want also to build ventilated latrines to the schools so as to improve the health and sanitation of the children in these schools.
$12,000 can help to put up a deep bore hole in the community and $5000 can help to put up a Ventilated latrine for a school of 3000 children.http://api.ning.com/files/cinaBry1pDSOecPGC7cNikkfA4FepkCXy0b636Gwpf2hNiaa*4S8j7249P0xqLk-hgfRt86HIRkjyb0GZV4K10rd4j36YM1O/Borehole.JPG
How You Can Help.
You can also donate book, school uniform, Scholastic materials to our children who do not have support reason being that their parents died because of war and HIV/AIDS,
When you visit the families people sleep on mats and carpets made our of fibers, they don’t have even blankets and clothes so any donation can make a difference in the life of these people more so children and women who are so much affected.
(I have detailed breakdown budgets that can be sent through on request)
I understand it’s a lot but thought it worth a try ;)
If you are interested in funding any of the projects you will receive detailed reports on the progress of the projects to see exactly where the money is going and watch the success of your contribution, or you can simply make a donation toward various projects
If you want to make a donation or sponsor a child you can request for the bank transfer form by contacting us on the address
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The education of the world’s children is high on the global agenda. In the context of education for all (EFA), all children should receive free, good quality education. The reality is that millions of the world’s children are too poor to benefit from the declaration, unless there are special interventions that target their development. Unfortunately, such children do not form a special social category in poverty eradication intervention programmes. Thus, their inclusion in the achievement of EFA appears to be a hit-or-miss phenomenon. Recognizing the central role of poverty eradication in wider global gendas and acknowledging the need to reach out to the poorest children with the objective to break the poverty cycle for them, EACO-Uganda embarked on a programme of education and poverty eradication.
The Project aims at solving the problems hidden by the fact that orphans and vulnerable children are invisible; yet by the very nature of their situation, they are included among those that are classified as disadvantaged and poor in Uganda. Children are subsumed within the poverty categories most often referred to such as households, communities, people – which means that there is a high tendency to focus on adult-related poverty while child problems are ignored, partly because children have little power and influence within a group that contains adults.
Findings reflect that children in abject problems can be recognized by rather elementary (as opposed to sophisticated) criteria. Top on the list is absence of basic necessities such as shelter, food, clothing and water. Equally important is the ‘human condition’ in terms of physical health and parental care and protection. Schooling is high on the list as a critical criterion in determining who is extremely or modestly a vulnerable and disadvantaged child.
While there seems to be national consensus among donors, the public sector and civil society that the government has made commendable progress in implementing PEAP (Poverty Eradication Action Plan) as flexibly as possible, it’s evolving nature, due to the participatory and consultative reviews it undergoes regularly, does not address many of the development challenges Disadvantaged children face today. It would take lobbying and advocacy interventions to ensure that the needs and demands of children in abject poverty are met.
The UNESCO 2003 study on Children in Abject Poverty in Uganda revealed that:
Ill health and inadequate health services remain critical challenges for children in abject poverty. This is aggravated by the living conditions of children in almost all the districts studied.
On a positive note, over three quarters of those who fell sick sought some kind of modern treatment; very few resorted to traditional healers.
School-related costs have been the major obstacle for children in abject poverty to access education.
Empower and Care Organization (EACO) was founded in 2004 at the community level and was registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO) in 2006 (registration number MG/2006/10/294). EACO was established to address the limited educational and economic opportunities that exist for vulnerable groups of women and children in Mukono County. EACO’s vision is that, by implementing activities that provide these opportunities, it will contribute to the reduction of poverty and HIV/AIDS in the Mukono community.
Accordingly, EACO’s mission is to reduce poverty and HIV/AIDS in and around Mukono County through the creation of economic empowerment and educational opportunities for disadvantaged groups of people. EACO’s activities are targeted toward vulnerable women, particularly widows and those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as vulnerable children, youth, and the elderly.
EACO is located on Kayunga Road in Ggulu A Kitete, a rural village located within Mukono Town Council, Mukono County, Mukono District, Central Uganda Region. The community in which EACO is situated is largely rural, with most people making very low incomes through agricultural activities.
EACO has a very strong goal of improving the quality of life of the vulnerable children and orphans through providing education, giving care, love and support. Additionally, it promotes empowerment of rural Community people in various areas affecting humanity.
The philosophy and experience of EACO is based on the reality that every human being is a unique individual and that we all have a right to good health and basic needs and should access means to a comfortable life in one way or another.
Equality for all: God made all people equal; our organization is committed to a development process that promotes equality.
Rights and dignity for all: EACO believes in and strives to uphold the rights and dignity of all people especially in the rural communities.
Stewardship: EACO believes in God to protect the dignity of every body to exploit the Earthy goods in accordance with God’s Law and individual order.
Institutional partnership in development: EACO welcome and respects on going International initiatives and national policies to take care and give support to vulnerable children and disadvantaged people fight poverty, ignorance and diseases such as Malaria, Immunisable diseases and HIV/AIDS. Our activities will be unison and collaboration with other stakeholders.
Due to increasing deaths of people as a result of HIV/AIDS so many children have been left as orphans with no body to take care of them and giving them support. Most of the children are left with their poor grand parents and some are left homeless hence ending up on streets.
Only 11% of urban births and 3.4% of rural births are registered, meaning that the majority of children are denied this basic right. Approximately 96% of the poor, the majority of whom are women, live in rural areas (UBOS, 2000, 2003). A UNICEF project document (2003) on orphans and vulnerable children indicates that approximately 2.1 million children in Uganda are orphaned and, of these, 80% come from poor families.
The child-headed household trend in Uganda is such that rural areas have 79.9%, of which 49.6% are male-headed and 30.3% are female-headed. The trend in urban areas is that of the 20% child-headed households, 10.5% are male-headed whereas 9.6% are female-headed (Uganda Bureau Of Statistics-UBOS, 2000).
Children’s vulnerability to poverty, adversity and HIV/AIDS is largely contextual but also indicative of the widespread situation in protecting them.
Uganda currently has over 2 million orphaned children, the majority of whom were orphaned by HIV/AIDS (Uganda Poverty Status Report, 2003). The number is expected to rise in the next decade and this will increase the risk of children turning to the streets, and becoming beggars and thieves.
The rise in the proportion of child-headed households and child labourers means a rise in percentages of the illiterate, early pregnancies, and related consequences such as infant and maternal mortality rates, increased incidence of those who are infected by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS, and drug abuse. While the Government will continue to increase spending on reproductive health services, it will also be losing valuable human resources. The cycle of child poverty will thus be passed on to next generation and become chronic. It is evident that the HIV/AIDS scourge is increasingly taking its toll on those who should otherwise be enjoying childhood in Uganda.
A large proportion of deprived children have acquired psychopathological behaviour, increasingly becoming involved in crime, drug abuse and violence. Many, too, are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and yet enter the labour market at very young ages, all of which seriously affects their growth and well-being. Children under this category experience extreme poverty, which is compounded household, community and national poverty.
The 2001/2002 participatory poverty assessment by the Uganda Participatory Poverty
Assessment Process (UPPAP), and Save the Children UK studies on child poverty confirmed that children are a vulnerable category of the population, and that policy and institutional frameworks are taking longer to cope with changing sources of crisis and adversity. A link between large/polygamous families with poverty, and the high level of household population (six to eight members), increases the difficulty of providing adequate coverage and quality of public services such as education, health and housing for families, especially for children. Poor health reduces the productive capacity of households and limits children’s access to their basic needs.
The magnitude and complexity of the problem of child poverty in Uganda is large and growing, and cannot be ignored when designing national development and poverty reduction strategies. Unfortunately, children and young people continue to be marginalized in spite of interventions, especially where assumptions are made that interventions that address adult and household needs are also good for all children, including boys and girls of school-going and non-school-going ages. This partly explains why child poverty is underrepresented in most studies on poverty in Uganda (Save the Children UK, 2003)
The rationale for carrying out this study on children in abject poverty in Uganda is based on the problems resulting from the fact that children in poverty are invisible, yet they constitute a disproportionately large section of the (poor) population. Children are subsumed within the most referred to poverty categories: households, communities and people; yet among these they always occupy a position of least power and influence (Save the Children Fund UK, 2003), and focus tends to concentrate on adult-related poverty. Children are vulnerable to shocks and adversities and, consequently, are hardest hit by poverty. Given that childhood is the most crucial developmental period in an individual’s lifetime, any damage at this stage can lead to a perpetuation of the cycles of poverty, resulting in intergenerational and/or chronic poverty. Interventions such as universal primary education, and maternal and childcare mitigate against the monumental odds.
This programme is already running in Kyampisi, Nama, Nakisunga, Ggoma Subconties in Mukono District and surrounding Villages but the children which number up to 200 are living in homes of their guardians and other people who endeavored to give them care. The focus of EACO now is to acquire land and establish a rehabilitation centre for these children, a home as well as a health/Training center. In this programme, EACO – also seeks to provide logistics to these children.
The reason as to why we are advocating a rehabilitation centre are: the problems we are facing when these children are in other people’s homes. For example the logistics given to them are some times taken away from them, they are denied to go to school and when they fall sick medication is not adequate.
The purpose of this programme is to reduce the suffering of the orphans and vulnerable children, build their capacity through giving them love, care, education and simple activities to do so that they become productive in the society.
1) To improve the quality of life of the orphans and vulnerable children by establishing a permanent home, school and health care centre for them.
2) To train care givers in care giving skills to enable these children get adequate care, love and support
3) To provide adequate education to these children to make them good citizens and have a better future through good education right from a tender age
4) To create awareness to the community and the outside world the need to protect and support the vulnerable children and the orphans as well as protecting their rights.
Child poverty can be analysed both subjectively and objectively. Studies such as the Save the Children UK 2003 study have analysed child poverty indicators on the basis of how they relate with institutional frameworks through which monitoring would be effected.
Personal, emotional and spiritual well-being
• Lack of parental guidance, care and love
• Not having the means to get what one wants
• Inability to solve daily problems, both as a result of lack of money as well as lack of initiative and innovation that results from financial poverty (‘poverty of the mind’)
• Being dependent on others
• Lack of religious grounding
• Discrimination and deprivation
• Alcohol abuse by parents
• Lack of access to health care
• Vulnerable to disease, especially
HIV/AIDs and malaria
Family and social well-being
• Lack of one or both parents
• Being forced to live on the street because parents cannot support all/any of children
• Family breakdown
• Polygamous family
• Households with many children and with no use of family planning
• Inability to enrol in school or to pursue education on an ongoing basis as a result of school costs, uniform, books, pens, etc.
• Lack of protection from abuse, exploitation
Financial and material well-being
• Lack of money, clothing, food, accommodation, material goods such as bicycles, books, bedding, cooking
• Lack of land
• Lack of skills
• Lack of opportunities and sources of income
• Child labour exploitation
• Lack of access to transport and Communication facilities.
• Lack of freedom of speech
• Living in a war-affected area
• Lack of security
• Living in an area susceptible to land slides, floods and drought
• Lack of clean and safe water
• Lack of latrines
Source: Silent Majority: Child Poverty in Uganda, Save the Children UK, 2002.
EACO – carries out activities to ensure good life to these children on but some are insufficiently done due to poor funding. These include the following:-
- Providing essential logistics to these children like clothes, food, blankets, mosquito nets, utensils, mattresses, etc.
- Providing scholastic materials like books, pens, pencil, paper
- Medical examination by our collaborating doctors
- Visiting the children in their respective schools
- Providing games equipment to these children like balls, Jersey, nets, etc.
The frame work for this project is as follows.
Once implemented the project is targeting 1,000 children of which 800 families will be represented. These will be orphans and vulnerable children from poor families. This idea is to provide a happy life to these children and to eradicate poverty from their families indirectly through providing sustainable education to these children.