'Smile of a Child' is a community project run by local Ugandans to provide opportunities for 80 needy children and their mothers in Buwaali village, Central Uganda. We provide them with school materials such as books, pens, and mathematical sets as well as basic needs like food and clothes. These items are fundamental to our kids finishing school and we believe education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. In 2016, we helped 35 children and we hope to raise that number again this year!
Of the 800+ children in Buwaali village around 50% cannot afford an education. Most of these children are orphans, while child marriages, teenage pregnancies and single motherhood account for many others. Access to education remains a real obstacle for most kids in Buwaali, making it hard for them and their families to escape poverty. As local Ugandans ourselves, we know that an education in Uganda is the only way to break the cycle of poverty.
This project will help 50 children in Buwaali village receive an education, many of whom are AIDS orphans, at risk and live in extreme poverty. It will also equip single and teenage mothers with entrepreneurship and financial skills so they can start small enterprises, which will give them a sustainable way to help put their children through school. Finally, it will fund a Community Reading Club with resources like books, stationery and playground to help these kids to play and learn.
This project will provide at least 50 children with access to education and 30 mothers with training in business skills. These children will be in a much better position to take advantage of employment opportunities in the future. By training their mothers, we will also be creating a sustainable system of self-improvement so that these women can pull themselves, and their children, out of poverty. A successful outcome will help us to provide these skills and needs to other communities.