Since achieving independence in 1964, Ugandans have suffered at the hands of two different dictators. Several hundred thousand people lost their lives, and schools, hospitals, roads and industries were destroyed during the long years of conflict. Since coming to power in 1986, President Museveni has overseen massive economic growth, an end to widespread conflict, and even a decrease in the number of people contracting HIV.
However, the poorest 20% of Ugandans have not benefited from the peace and prosperity Museveni has ushered in. Many still suffer from food shortages and lack of access to clean water. Rebel fighting in the north and west of Uganda continues to damage the livelihood of many people, and 1.5 million still living in refugee camps.
The people of north and west Uganda are in great need of the life-changing hope that child sponsorship can bring to their families and communities. You can sponsor a child in Uganda through ActionAid, one of the world's leading relief and development agencies. They have developed a child sponsorship scheme which links people in more affluent countries with individual children in developing countries around the world.
ActionAid has been working alongside communities in Uganda since 1992 and seeks to improve access to basic sanitation, health and education facilities. It has invested in the training of health workers and the provision of health services. It also invests heavily in the construction of education facilities, and the training of teachers in 'Reflect', ActionAid's hugely successful adult literacy program.
Efforts are also focused on supplying clean, safe water to as many people as possible. This is often combined with the training of farmers in innovative techniques that yield bigger harvests while conserving water and soil usage. ActionAid supports micro-finance companies that make small loans and credit available to business start-ups.
In the 37 years since its inception, ActionAid has reached many millions people in Africa, Asia and the Americas, and it has developed a wealth expertise in fighting poverty. The charity partners with local organisations and recognises the need to work with communities on their own terms, and not impose solutions. By getting to know the culture intimately ActionAid workers have the best possible opportunity to affect a lasting end to poverty.
Sponsoring a child in Uganda today will cost you only 50 pence per day. Your money will also go towards development efforts in the town in which the child you sponsor lives. This will ensure the most efficient and effective use of your money.
As a child sponsor you will be able arrange a personal visit with your child and to communicate with them. You can also look forward to receiving special letters and drawings, including a new photograph every two years. Additionally, you get to see where and how your money is being spent by keeping in touch with your child's local ActionAid office, and through regular editions of Common Cause, ActionAid's newsletter.
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