More than 50% of the population of Uganda is under the age of 16 and 40% of Kenya’s population is under the age of 16. In both countries over 2 million of those children are orphans due to war, AIDS and other diseases. One million children alone are orphaned due to the AIDS epidemic. These children are the future of Uganda, Kenya, and Africa.
If the leaders of tomorrow are growing up in extreme poverty, not much will change in their future. Empower a Child believes in breaking not only the physical cycle of poverty, but also the mentality of poverty in the future leaders lives. Through academic education, healthy living, vocational training, community development and spiritual discipleship Empower a Child is reaching out to tomorrow’s leaders.
Empower a Child believes education is the key to changing a child’s life from a life of poverty to a life of possibilities. Empower a Child believes in a holistic approach to reaching the children and youth of Uganda and Kenya. Empower a Child ensures the children are attending school daily, receiving meals at school, and have the schoolbooks, pens, and pencils needed for their education. The program also provides for the basic needs of the children, such as blankets, mattresses, mosquito nets, shoes, and soap. Each child receives provision for any medical needs that arise. Above providing for basic needs and education, Empower a Child also believes in meeting the spiritual and emotional needs of the children and youth.
For more info about Empower a Child and their incredible work, please visit their website www.empowerachild.org.uk