Between 1998 and 2003, communities in the Kabarole district (western Uganda) were badly devastated by rebel activities of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), HIV/Aids and Ebola. The area remained largely underdeveloped with high poverty levels hence leading many people to live in the worst conditions without access to life's basic needs. Children were the most affected. As a consequence there is a growing number of orphans and vulnerable children.
In order to meet the growing numbers of orphans and vulnerable children in this area and in order to improve the situation, SOS Children's Villages decided to construct an SOS Children's Village in Fort Portal, including an SOS Kindergarten and an SOS Social Centre. The new village comprises 12 family houses, ancillary facilities and a kindergarten. The children are growing up within a family with their SOS mother and siblings, which gives them a solid foundation on which to build their lifes.
The new SOS Children's Village in Fort Portal gives a great importance to its full integration in the neighbourhood and envisages sharing with the community to protect children and families in need. In addition to the 120 children living in the SOS Children's Village a community development program has been launched with the aim to empower vulnerable families to enable them to protect and care for their children. Their are currently 805 children and their families benefitting form this program.
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