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HVU Partners with OML to Help Light Children’s Futures
One of the greatest effects of the AIDS pandemic is the impact on the psychological and mental health of children who have lost their parents under traumatic circumstances. The impact of parental death on children is complex and affects the child’s health and social energy, and can further result in stunted development of emotional intelligence and life skills. Many of the children HVU works with in community- based programs show psychosomatic disturbances, depression, very low self-esteem, disturbed social behaviour, hopelessness, and low levels of educational attainment. With simple, direct, culturally appropriate psychosocial support interventions, very encouraging results can be achieved for children affected by AIDS by improving their resilience and coping capacity.
To achieve these goals HVU has initiated the Mubende Reading after Dark Program. The Mubende District Mapping Report finds 3,700 orphans and vulnerable children in the sub-county of Kassanda, of which 165 had disabilities . Only 38.2% of all these children received services, meaning that Kassanda County is under served. Kids in these communities face multiple problems, the most serious of which are lack of basic food for survival and poor education, especially among girls. Due to the effects of HIV/AIDS there are a number of dysfunctional families in this community. Children are trapped in shifts of living patterns which can limit their access to light for reading educational materials. This leads to poor educational attainment.
The aim of the Mubende Reading after Dark Program is to improve the education of female orphans and vulnerable childen infected and affected by HIV/AIDS by providing solar lights to enable them to do homework and read books after dark.
- Raise awareness of the plight of orphanss in Uganda.
- Activate the international community against the deplorable conditions that orphans and children infected with HIV/AIDS endure daily.
- Implement and support pioneering grass-roots programs related to orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda.
- Improvements in educational attainment of orphans and vulnerable children.
- Increased number of orphans in school.
- Reduction in school dropout of orphans and impoverished children, and the associated effects that cause bad health and poor life.