CEI Schools in Uganda
Empowered by our successful efforts in reaching children affected by civil war and unrest in Sri Lanka, CEI continues its mission of empowering children in need in Uganda. The country's tragic history of military repression, guerilla warfare and human rights abuses over the last 30 years has left half a million Ugandans dead and uprooted 1.6 million refugees. Consequently, children have been exploited for military purposes and are being orphaned in record numbers by the violence & HIV/AIDS epidemic. CEI brings invaluable experience to Uganda after working in war-ravaged Sri Lanka for nearly 15 years, supporting educational projects that serve more than 6,000 Sri Lankan children daily; most of which suffer with varying degrees of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
CEI Programs in Uganda
- CEI’s current projects are located in the southeastern region of Uganda called Jinja, bordering the shores of Lake Victoria, near the source of the Nile River
- CEI supports 300 orphaned and forgotten Ugandan children in this region
- CEI provides essential items like clothes, food programs, blankets, mattresses, mosquito nets, and cooking utensils for children under our care
- CEI makes sure every child under its care are provided a school as well as scholastic materials such as books, pens, pencils, paper, uniforms, and shoes
- CEI provides weekly and monthly medical check-ups by health-care providers from the local health-care community
Uganda currently has over 2 million orphaned children. The majority are orphaned by HIV/AIDS (Uganda Poverty Status Report, 2011). This number is expected to rise in the next decade, increasing the risk of children having to live on the streets and becoming beggars. These children then become susceptible to exploitation like sexual abuse, child labor, and child trafficking.
- 1.76 million Ugandan children are engaged in child labor with the majority among them being orphans. The majority of these child laborers earn a living by brick laying and working as field hands on farms
- US State Department estimates 30% of Ugandan children are trafficked for both human sacrifice and the forcible removal of body parts by witch doctors
- 80% of Ugandan children between the ages of 5 and 13 do not attend school
- Many children drop out of school due to low income of their parents or guardians or because of the loss of parents or guardians due to the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, making some of them orphans
- Orphans are forced to live with relatives or a neighbor where they usually face severe financial hardship and the possibility of abuse
Donate to CEI, Uganda - CEI is looking to purchase property, which will be used for a Leadership Academy project that will function as a residential care facility for orphaned Ugandan children.