Poverty continues to deprive children of the most basic necessities to living a better life. According to UNICEF, 1 in 11 children in Uganda dies before the age of 5, and this likelihood is increased for children born in rural, impoverished areas with uneducated mothers. Inaccessibility to health supplies and services remains a pressing issue due to a variety of factors, from families’ low income to a shortage of healthcare workers. Furthermore, many of the health challenges that children face are preventable through health education and awareness programs.
The COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated these issues. Not only has the spread of the virus directly impacted people’s physical health, but concerns over the virus and social isolation have impacted people’s mental health. Moreover, with rising unemployment levels and a stunt in economic growth, primary caregivers, especially mothers, face more difficulties in financially supporting their child. With the closure of schools, children are expected to learn remotely with limited opportunities to care for their physical, mental, and behavioral health, which an academic or social environment would present.
The Caring Hand Initiative aims at fostering the health and wellness of vulnerable children, including their caregivers, within underserved communities of Uganda, by uplifting them through health education and advocacy. Our mission is to disseminate essential health information so that caregivers can provide the best at-home care to their children while staying safe from COVID-19.
• We seek to improve the physical, mental, and behavioral health of children and their caregivers during this difficult time, and to generate more interest among the public to support a child in need.
Our goal is to raise at least $2000 toward the project as well as to provide at least 50 children with basic health supplies, including diapers, sanitary wipes, menstrual pads, and wheelchairs. With your help, we can move one step closer toward lowering the health risks that put rural children’s lives in danger.
Please consider donating and sharing this fundraising campaign with others. Any help, big or small, can make a lasting positive impact on a child’s life. Thank you in advance; your help is greatly appreciated!