Education is a human right and a form of empowerment. The more education someone has, typically a higher income and better health outcomes follow. Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Uganda often do not complete their education because they cannot afford the school fees or they have to drop out to begin working. Many even become caregivers themselves to other OVC. OCE intends to change that, helping to send vulnerable children to primary and secondary schools in Lyantonde District, Uganda.
Many times, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) drop out of school due to the inability to pay for school fees and because of caregiver responsibilities. In Lyantonde, most OVC students come from families that have been negatively affected by the consequences of HIV/AIDS. Out of 18,065 children (8,755 boys; 9,310 girls) in the district enrolled in school, only 57% complete as compared to 67% nationally. OCE wants to change this and give these students a chance at finishing their schooling.
OCE plans to assist 100 OVC students over the course of 6 years to stay in school and finish their education. By providing funding to Orphans and Vulnerable Children for their education, OCE (with your help) will get rid of one of the biggest barriers to education in Uganda- school fees.
More children finishing their education is always a good thing. This will ultimately help create more sustainable communities. Also, more years in school will increase the livelihood, future income potential, health outcomes, and additional opportunities later in life for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.