THE CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL FUND
The Canadian Samaritans for Africa has entered into partnership with the CHEF Uganda to help to dig wells to serve the water need of the camp as well as provide water for the Soroti community. The Canadian Samaritans for Africa will also support the development of the centre’s educational facilities by building hostels and classrooms. Read the story of the Foundation, and consider donating to support and empower these happy, strong and ambitious children who have lost their parents through war and HIV/AIDS.
It will cost 5, 000 Canadian dollars to dig a well for the camp. Dr Alex Ojacor was in Canada to meet with our board members, and share with them as well as some of our donors the heroic work he is doing with these children with little or no financial support. We donated the sum of 5,000 for the first well and hope that it will be completed by the end of 2008.
Uganda has suffered the wrath of HIV/AIDS epidemic since 1982 and millions of citizens have died leaving thousands of members of families and children vulnerable.
Insecurity at the border areas to Karamoja, a hostile tribe notorious for cattle-rustling has also brought untold suffering to the people of Northern and Eastern Uganda. Lives, properties and livelihoods have been shattered.
The influx of the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels of a self-styled warlord Joseph Kony into the North and East confounded the situation. A lot of property was destroyed and over 5,000 children were abducted and forced to be combatants and sex-slaves. Some of them have since returned but very traumatised.
There is thus an increasing number of vulnerable children in Northern and Eastern region and in Uganda in general.
BACKGROUND OF ORGANISATION
The Children’s Educational Fund (The CHEF – Uganda) has its roots in the problems that bedevilled Teso region for over 20 years. Its promotion started in 2006 and attracted 60 members. It got registered with Uganda NGO Board in April, 13th 2007 as a non-governmental and non-profit organisation, Registration Number S. 5814/6970.
The mission of the organisation is to avail vulnerable children (orphans, former abductees, those infected with HIV/AIDS and very poor children) with sufficient basic education or skills and support activities that ensure sustainability in generating provisions for their normal livelihood in society.