CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
We believe that nurturing children requires providing for not only obvious needs such as food, shelter and education but also deeper needs, such as psychological safety, role-modeling, development of values and spiritual support.
Through a holistic, community-based approach, we support a new generation of African children to fulfill their potential, and escape from the trap of abject poverty for themselves and their families.
“Many children in our program have experienced trauma. Through our partnership with Afrinspire, they are not only able to go to school, but, more importantly, experience love.”
Margaret, Jaguza Initiative (Working with Orphans)
Across Eastern Africa, the number of children relative to the number of adults is increasing. In Uganda (the country in which Afrinspire is most active) almost 50% of the population is under the age of 15 (State of Uganda Population Report, 2017).
The large youth population, however, creates a challenge for parents, of whom many struggle to feed themselves, to support a family. Life is even more challenging for children who have lost their parents, or those suffering from illness or disability, who may suffer neglect. They may lack clothes, go hungry and have no chance of an education.