Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Ugandan children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
Compassion's ministry in Uganda began in 1980. Currently, more than 83,100 children participate in more than 325 child development centers.
Population: 27,2 millions
Life expectancy: Male 51 years, Female 52 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 6,8%
People with HIV/AIDS: 530.000
Drinking water sources: 52%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 79%
Literacy rate: Male 80%, Female 60%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 35%
Compassion began its ministry in Uganda in 1980 when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.
Every child is offered an opportunity to hear the gospel and to confess the lordship of Jesus Christ. Every registered child or youth receives an age-appropriate Bible or scripture portion within one year of registration and again two or three years later.
Each child receives a snack as well as lunch each time he or she attends program activities. A snack might be something like tea, porridge and a bun. Lunch consists of maize, rice or matooke (plantains) with beans, peas or beef.
The child development centers offer weekly extracurricular activities, such as sports, drama and debate. The children also participate in regular service opportunities like work camps, road cleaning, church activities and service to the elderly.
Adolescents receive vocational training in such skills as carpentry, tailoring, crocheting, sewing, knitting and mat making. These skills are offered to give the students opportunities to generate income, which is especially important for those who do not finish high school. The skills offered have been relevant to the Ugandan culture for some time.
Parents can attend monthly classes on adult literacy, quarterly trainings on topics such as hygiene, sanitation, parenting and income-generating activities, and monthly caregivers' meetings for program evaluation. Parents are also represented on the center committees and contribute to the planning and implementation of the program.