Child’s Destiny of Hope

Child's Destiny of Hope is a relief and development organization with a Christian background. Child's Destiny of Hope has an orphanage in Chawolo, Uganda where it tries to give children a better future. On this website you will find more information.

Orphans

Estimates vary, but in Uganda there are between 1.9 and 2.2 million children who have lost one or both parents. That is an extremely high number on a total population of 27 million. Why is this? Three causes can be identified:

  • 1. War
  • 2. Malaria
  • 3. AIDS/HIV

War

The various periods and forms of armed conflict have left their scars. From 1971 to 1979, under the reign of Idi Amin, approximately 300.000 people lost their lives. Amin was overthrown in the so-called Bush War. Since Museveni came to power in 1986, there has been more stability, but Uganda has known periods of armed conflict since then as well. The government has waged war primarily against the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The rebel forces often use child soldiers. In 20 years, more than 30.000 children were abducted by the LRA. Every night thousands of children flee out of fear of being enlisted into the LRA. Captured girls are used as sex slaves and captured boys are trained as soldiers. Organizations engaged in reaching a truce in Northern Uganda, claim that 146 people die weekly as a result of the hostilities.

Malaria

The second cause is malaria. Each year 1 million people die worldwide from malaria or 3000 people a day. In Africa, malaria is the number 1 cause of death for children under the age of five. The malaria epidemic has economic consequences: it causes deaths, reduces agricultural productivity and threatens tourism and foreign investments. The extent to which malaria occurs remains unchanged.

Malaria epidemics are often the result of war, local violence or natural disasters. According to the World Health Organization (the WHO), 30% of all malaria deaths are the result of such causes. It should be noted that the number of people who die from the effects of malaria is often many times higher than the number of people who die as a direct result of war or natural disasters. People who have to flee are vulnerable to malaria mosquitoes because they live in open huts and drink contaminated waters. Many times, they are already carrying other infections and there is no good health care nearby.

AIDS/HIV

The third reason for the presence of so many orphans in Uganda is HIV / AIDS. The HIV / AIDS epidemic is the most severe on the south side of the Sahara, where Uganda is located. 64% of all people suffering from HIV / AIDS live in this region, as well as 97% of people who die from the impact of HIV / AIDS. Poverty, underdevelopment and illiteracy contribute to the development of the epidemic, while the epidemic in turn contributes to poverty, underdevelopment and illiteracy.

The AIDS epidemic struck Uganda hard. Ugandan society is still mainly organized into different tribes and communication is not easy. Superstition and animism further complicated the situation. The AIDS epidemic spread rapidly to all parts of the country. At the end of 1992, it was estimated that 18.3% of the population carried the HIV virus, while in some places this percentage was as high as 30%.

Much has happened in the fight against AIDS. Uganda has gained a lot of admiration in its approach and many call Uganda a successful example in the fight against HIV / AIDS. Nevertheless, the frequency with which HIV / AIDS occurs in Kampala (where Child’s Destiny of Hope was started): 9% is the highest number across Uganda. The government of Uganda estimates that 940.000 people have died from the effects of AIDS since 2001.

The lives of orphans in Uganda

This is why at least 1.9 million children are without one or both parents in Uganda. One in four households in Uganda has already adopted an orphan. In a country where the average income is $ 249 a year, few of these orphans have a chance at education, health and vocational training. Child’s Destiny of Hope is committed to these children by being of importance in Eastern Uganda for underprivileged children and families in and around Chawolo.

Child’s Destiny of Hope’s goal is to help these children on their way to a hopeful future and to provide them with the means to rise above the hopelessness.

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