Wings of Courage Orphan Outreach builds a centre for Child headed households outside Gulu in Uganda, to provide community outreach programs, 24 hour emergency adult assistance, and a home for orphans without extended family.
The 20 + yr war in Uganda & the effects of HIV/AIDS have resulted in many children taking on parental roles. Many were in camps in northern regions or displaced in the capital and have now moved back to their family land after the war. Most are not attending school, and doing labour jobs in their community to care for up to 5 siblings. Although taking on adult roles, they are still children, and are stuck between needing to work for resources for immediate survival, and educating for the future.
Through outreach programs, WOC will support these young people to maintain their land. WOC will connect them to a community of adults to support them and other child headed families so that they can work together and support each other. The project will also provide round-the-clock adults available when needed, training and education for the child-heads and school age children, caring support for the preschoolers, and a home to orphans with no place else to go.
The Project will house 25 orphaned children and begin by mobilizing 15 households headed by children, in turn reaching out to 75 children. By providing them with safety and security, training and education, they will be able to provide for their families' health and well-being into the future.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).