In 2010 The George Oliver Foundation contributed funds to War Child's work in Uganda. We funded a project to sustain the provision for disabled children at Paipir School in Pader.
38% of people in Pader live in absolute poverty and, of these, 62% are children. These acutely poor children are socially marginalized and are failing to access their right to an education. In Uganda there is great stigma associated with children with disabilities. War Child research has found that children with disabilities are more likely to suffer various forms of neglect, discrimination, exploitation, and abuse than other children and have less access to education and other social services.
There are 1.2 million children with disabilities in Uganda. The legacy of the war in northern Uganda has left many people with amputated limbs, and trauma has resulted in mental health issues. Limited access to healthcare in the region has meant that few births are attended by skilled health workers leading to difficulties. Many childhood disabilities also occur as a result of preventable causes such as polio, malaria and malnutrition.
Very few children with disabilities have enrolled in any sort of education. For those that have, a lack of specialist assistance and teacher training means their performance is often poor. War Child’s work with Paipir School in Pader currently supports disabled children and sponsors their attendance at the school.
The funding from The George Oliver Foundation for Paipir School provided necessary materials including uniforms, books and special learning aids for students. We want to ensure more children with disabilities can gain vital access to education at Paipir School as well as training for teachers working with children with special needs.
You can help us support other projects like this one by donating to The George Oliver Foundation.
Click here for further information on making a donation.
War Child work to support the most vulnerable children in the world's most dangerous war zones. They are currently running ground-breaking support projects in Iraq, Afghanistan, D.R. Congo and Uganda. Much of their work is with former child soldiers, children living on the streets, children put in prison and girls at risk of rape or violence.
War Child's mission is "to support and strengthen the protective environment for children who, as a result of conflict, live with a combination of insecurity, poverty and exclusion." We have been lucky enough to meet some of the team at War Child and have been highly impressed by their vision and dedication to their cause. We believe that no child should face what these children face every day and we strongly support War Child in their important work.