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Project information

White Eagles Resettlement Home & Families 2014

WEP (Homes) provides emergency short-term accommodation, resettlement, education, mentoring and holistic care for up to 50 severely at risk orphaned and vulnerable street children per year. WEP (Families) provides education, mentoring and support for over 30 vulnerable children in family settings.


Charity information: Uganda River of Life Ministries

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  • Need


    AIDS and acute poverty have decimated a generation of parents resulting in an estimated 2.3 million orphans nationwide. 45.3% of all children in Uganda are considered vulnerable. In Masaka, where we operate, the figure is higher at 48.8%. ROLC is based in Nyendo, the poorest area of Masaka, and we estimate there are 4,000 at risk children in our vicinity alone, hundreds of whom are street children. 20% of all children in Masaka District are defined as orphans.


    The WEP can make a significant impact on the number of OVCs. We can resettle up to 25 children into loving family homes each year, provide education bursaries, one-on-one mentoring, and support their families, through training and income generation projects.
    Quality Education: in good quality schools up to ‘O’ Level.
    Mentoring: bespoke one-on-one sessions
    Resettlement: Parent Sensitisation Days, week-long placements with extended family & resettlement grants/business advice

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Resettle up to 25 street and vulnerable children per year


    » Resettlement Home: a safe haven from the neglect and abuse suffered by our children. Providing a good quality, balanced diet, medical care & mentoring
    » Resettlement: through Parent Sensitisation Days, week-long placements with extended family or adoptive parents & resettlement grants/business advice.

    What success will look like

    Respond to every request for support from Local Gov't, establish Care Plans for every child in our care, resettle up to 25 children per year in loving families, as appropriate.

    Aim 2

    Provide quality education for the resettled street and vulnerable children


    » Children are educated in good quality schools up to Uganda Certificate of Education ‘O’ Level, after which A Level / Vocational options are explored
    » Intensive Mentoring: weekly and monthly one-on-one mentoring, life-skills training through group work, team-based recreational and social activities

    What success will look like

    Full attendance at school for residential and community White Eagles, progress in educational attainment, good results in Primary Leaving Examinations and 'O' Level Exams.

  • Impact


    Our project will break the cycle of poverty and creating opportunities for vulnerable children to aspire for a brighter future. Our vision is to enable the most vulnerable children in Masaka to ‘fly high’, and to give them a foundation by which they can build successful, happy lives for themselves and their families in the future. Over the next 3 years we plan to expand our work to be supporting up to 300 Orphans and Vulnerable Children.


    Funding: Regular donors contribute about 25% of funding. We have a comprehensive Fundraising Strategy in place to diversify and maximise the potential of other funding opportunities.
    Underachievement: Damaged children will initially underperform. Mentoring and intensive support minimises the risks of underachievement.
    Capacity: Lack of capacity at Local Gov't level effects levels of referrals, which effects numbers in our home. Regular meetings ensure we help Local Gov't fulfil its obligations


    Donors will receive our monthly Project Report detailing the progress of our White Eagles.
    We are also able to arrange for donors to visit the Project in Masaka to gain first hand knowledge of the project and how it is being run.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £79,450

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,700 School Fees Primary & Secondary school fees
      £20,100 Personnel & Training Project staffing
      £17,300 Home costs Running cost of Homes
      £17,350 Project Costs Running costs of Project
      £7,000 Resettlement Cost of Resettlement

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Child Sponsors £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our projects are based in Nyendo, Masaka, Uganda, a deprived urban area within Masaka Municipality. In our district of Masaka, the percentage of vulnerable children is even higher (48.8%- Uganda National Health Survey 2006) than the national average. We estimate there are 4,000 at risk children in our vicinity alone, hundreds of whom are street children. 20% of all children in Masaka district are orphans.


    Local vulnerable children in Nyendo will benefit from our project.
    Nyendo has a population of about 35,000. 95% of people do not have access to clean water and sanitation. HIV/AIDS incidence is twice the national average. The vast majority of people are engaged in low-income, informal, subsistence economic activity. There are nearly 4,000 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) within 2 miles of our project site, and we are in a unique position to support them.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    UROLM has been running for over 6 years and had some amazing results. We have broken the vicious cycle of poverty and the real long-term difference made to their lives is obvious. Included in their ranks are an Electrician (and budding local musician!), a PhD Candidate in the USA, Social Worker, Masters Graduate in the UK, a Programme Manager at an international charity, a Computer Repair specialist establishing his own business, a Driver, and a Head Coach for a local Football Academy.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rob Davies

    Chair, Board of Trustees. Rob spends much of the year Masaka, ensuring that the projects are running in accordance with agreed protocols and budgets.