About the «Salongo Pi Somo» aid project for orphans in Uganda
The «Salongo Pi Somo» aid project is aimed at orphans, vulnerable children and their families. The project location is Zombo, a remote rural district in northwest Uganda. The orphans and their families live in poverty and food is often scarce.
The few educational establishments in Zombo are in bad condition. Very few people have a good basic education: only 54% of the total population (and only 29% of women) can read and write. General challenges in Zombo’s education sector are the limited participation of the local councils and the lack of participation in school activities. In addition, there is insufficient financial distribution of resources by the state and an inadequate infrastructure (e.g. school buildings, libraries, desks, clean drinking water, latrines, sports and games equipment).
The project works together with state schools. The teachers are paid by the state and the schools implement the national curriculum. The schools chosen had a particularly high number of illiterate pupils, and ones who had seldom participated in school activities. Priority was given to schools with poor performance, weak infrastructure and a high instance of drop-outs.
Children from very poor families have almost no chance to live an independent and self-determined life. CO-OPERAID therefore aims to improve the environment and the daily life of these children and their families, as well as developing schools in their communities.
Impacts and results
A beneficiary tells
«Since my parents died, my siblings and I have lived with our grandmother. She is already old and we have to help her with farm work. Before, we didn’t always have the money to pay to attend school. Now, we are supported by CO-OPERAID and I am attending class 7. I like to go to school and I wish to become an engineer when I am old enough. My hobbies are netball and reading.»