Project information

Supporting 2,535 Ugandan children into education.

Children in remote fishing communities in Uganda endure a difficult childhood and face uncertain futures due to endemic poverty and limited opportunities. This project will enable them to complete their education, be healthy, and protected from abuse so they can build a better future.

September 2012 - August 2013

Charity information

ChildHope UK - children's charity

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  • Need


    Instead of going to school many children living on two remote islands in Uganda are forced to work, untying nets and drying fish to earn much needed income to support their families. Less than 50% of children even finish primary school. The health needs of the islanders are underserved with only 3 health centres for a population of 80,000 and there are terrifyingly high rate of HIV resulting in many children losing their parents to AIDS or becoming infected themselves.


    Working with our local partner, URHB, this project will support more children to go to school by raising awareness of the importance of education, training teachers, and encouraging out-of-school children to return. An innovative mobile boat clinic will help the communities enjoy better health and access screening, treatment, education and advice. The project will also work with the whole community to create lasting change and an environment where children are safe and supported to thrive.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce high school dropout rates and encourage 2,353 children back to school.


    » Raise awareness of the value of formal education among children and parents.
    » Provide training to teachers and conduct school assessments to improve school environments so they are safe and children receive quality education.
    » Identify children at risk of dropping out and support them to stay in school and visit out of school children to encourage them to return.
    » Train teachers in child protection, positive method of discipline, girl friendly education and how to better respond to HIV and AIDS.

    Success will be enabling 1,396 girls and 939 boys have the opportunity to go to school and have better opportunities in the future

    Aim 2

    Improve health levels of the 80,000 islanders with a focus on reducing HIV rates.


    » Deliver healthcare, malaria nets, and client-friendly integrated HIV services using the boat clinic
    » Provide families affected by HIV with access to psycho-social support and advice on home based care, nutrition, and treatment.
    » Develop appropriate and tailored messages for all community members to reduce risks of HIV infection appropriate and promote behavioural change.
    » Work closely with existing government health centres to develop an effective joint health service plan.

    Success will be the communities on the two islands accessing better healthcare, incliding support, treatment and advice for families affected by HIV.

    Aim 3

    Strengthen community capacity to better protect children now and in the long term.


    » Use role models to speak to communities on the importance of education, protecting children, gender issues and making positive health choices.
    » Train community leaders and teachers in child protection and support children to take an active role in their community.
    » Facilitate community conversations, role plays and parent-child discussions on topics such as early marriage, sexual abuse and HIV and AIDS.
    » Support community members to call on the government to provide another secondary school and improve health services.

    Success will be supporting the community to understand the needs and rights of children to create environments where they are better protected.

  • Impact


    Through supporting children to play an active role in addressing the problems and involving the whole community this will ensure long term change comes from the people themselves. By learning life skills and being made aware of their rights, children (particularly girls) will have the confidence and ability to protect themselves. Also through providing community members with access to appropriate information we will promote behavioural change and reduce the risks of HIV infection


    There is a risk that the communities may be reluctant to participate in the projects child rights activities or promotion of behavioural change. To mitigate the risk, extensive community consultations were conducted when the project was planned and will be throughout its duration. In addition, a wide range of stakeholders have been consulted and will be involved in project activities.


    Donors will receive quarterly updates on the progress of the work and financial reports and a review done at the end of the year measuring progress, setbacks and learnings. Donors will also be invited to meet with ChildHope and URHB staff to find out in-depth about the progress of the work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £128,891

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,640 Reducing school drop out rates Work with children and parents, improve school environments, train teachers
      £43,240 Improving health levels Provide screening, treatment, advice and encourage behavioural change
      £16,060 Raising awareness Facilitate community discussions and trainings
      £18,216 Project support costs Contributing to staff, office and transport costs in Uganda
      £21,735 Monitoring and UK costs Monitoring visits, quarterly updates and final review, UK costs
  • Background


    On the remote islands of Lorwe and Sigulu in Lake Victoria, Eastern Uganda poverty is wide spread and there are few opportunities for secondary education or employment. Fishing dominates the islands but as it does not require qualifications formal education is not prioritised and it is a dangerous occupation which endangers children’s safety. There are also terrifyingly high rates of HIV among the community; 24% of the population is living with HIV (four times the national average).


    Primarily 2,535 children will be supported to complete their primary school education and enable them to learn in safer and stimulating environments, supported by teachers and parents. The community will benefit through the provision of access to healthcare, support and advice which will in turn reduce the risks of HIV infection. Additionally, by raising awareness of the importance of education and child protection an environment will be created where even more children are better protected.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ChildHope has over two decades experience, working in 10 countries worldwide to achieve our vision of a world in which all children can enjoy a life free from injustice and abuse. We recognise the value of working with local partners that understand the issues and context. ChildHope itself has worked both in Uganda and with URHB since 2006. URHB themselves have been working since 1989 to improve the health status of young people through care and prevention of diseases and infections.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Allan Kiwanuka

    Allan, East Africa Programmes Manager, has 8 yrs experience managing programmes in Africa and Europe and is dedicated to delivering the project aims.


can provide 200 HIV testing kits

I earn just 2,000 Shillings (50p) a day. Often we go to sleep hungry. I would like to be a doctor if I could go back to school instead of working

David, aged 12