Charity organization empowering vulnerable women and children in Uganda
Milele exists to change lives and empower communities.
Milele Foundation Uganda strives to support Uganda’s most vulnerable populations; Orphans, disabled children of Uganda, schools that have needs, vulnerable women, and our acts lead to great community empowerment of the most vulnerable local Ugandans that need help.
We aim to empower people and create lasting changes that will leave communities better prepared to care for themselves and care for future generations.
Our Programs and Value
‘Milele’ means Forever in Swahili. We are the Forever Foundation because our programs are aimed at improving the lives of our beneficiaries forever.
Most importantly, we want to share the life-changing message of Christ that brings everlasting hope to the people of Uganda.
Read more about our programs and how you can get involved.
Why We Work
To help create safer schools so children can attend school and learn without worry for their health or safety.
To identify children who’s lives could be dramatically improved by surgery and other health care.
To provide practical workshops that can give people a safe space to explore their faith and ask questions about Christianity.
To teach women practical skills that will allow them to better provide for their families.
To facilitate international cooperation and cross-cultural experiences through short-term and long-term missions opportunities.
To encourage and empower the next generation to change their communities for the good.
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Support Milele Foundation today
The Milele Foundation is one of the Ugandan charities that support orphans in Uganda through child sponsorships. We are changing the lives of many Uganda’s orphaned children with your help by sponsoring their education, providing meals, clothing, books, and medical assistance.
In the eyes of a Ugandan child, you can be a hero. Sponsorship has a long-term impact on the lives of orphans and vulnerable Uganda children, their families, and their communities. Give a meaningful gift that will change the lives and futures of children in Uganda.
Your love will give a child of Uganda hope that will last a lifetime as you exchange letters, send photos, and offer encouragement in Jesus’ name. Today is the last day to sponsor a child in Uganda!
Sponsor a child today!
In Uganda, child sponsorship is the most cost-effective way to break the poverty cycle. It not only meets a child’s immediate physical needs, but it also boosts his or her self-esteem.
EDUCATE A CHILD AND CHANGE HIS/HER STORY
The question of education remains unanswered for almost all the parents in different parts of the country! Even before the covid-19 pandemic, not all children were accessing education services though a good number of them has been attending school. This is because of quite a number of reasons such as financial constraints, cultural reasons, negligence of responsible stakeholders, to mention but a few.
However, Milele Foundation Uganda has never given up on the habit of extending a hand of help to children of the nation who do not have access to education services especially the orphaned. We believe that there is no child that chooses to be an orphan which is why we have been working around the clock to ensure that orphans get access to education and discover their potential like any other children in Uganda and across the world.
Milele Foundation Uganda believes that Education is the only difference between life and death since lack of education means increased criminal cases, increased HIV/AIDS rates, increased poverty and increased death.
With the coming of Covid-19 pandemic, quite a number of children have lost hope and they feel like education is history to them. Some of the children have lost parents and guardians to Covid-19 itself. Some of them have acquired pregnancies and are now struggling to make ends meet.
Milele Foundation Uganda still believes that there is still hope for such children get back to school and make their dreams come true.
The only thing that a child wants to survive is education. This is a life principle that knows no borders, whether American, African, European, Asian, name it, all children need education. Milele Foundation Uganda believes that an educated child is an educated nation. We find it better to equip orphaned children with education so that they can liberate themselves. “Unless charity helps the recipient become independent of it, charity is injurious.” Milele Foundation Uganda has been helping orphans become independent of charity since its establishment in 2017.
We look forward to educating as many orphans as possible, we can’t wait to see you join us achieve our goal by sponsoring a CHILD with us.
Women Empowerment in Uganda.
For the past years, the message to empower women has been spreading as fast as wild fire. Empowering women in Uganda , is the language that everybody is saying, however, the question remains “who is responsible for putting the message into practice? Is it the government? Is it men, children or women?
Milele Foundation Uganda intends to build a culture of women empowering their communities. This is because we believe that if you want to count sand you start with one beneath your feet. We believe that the process of women empowerment is made easier only if we empower women to empower the communities in which they live and work from. Women understand their fellows’ problems faster than men.
Below are some of the ways in which women can empower their communities.
- Women can empower their communities through mentorship. They can help become role models to the young generation within their communities. Women are associated with positive traits like compassion, love, care, mercy, etc. all of which are fundamental in community empowerment.
- Leading by example. Empowered Women can make good leaders in their communities. The 1995 Uganda constitution provides room for leadership of women at every government level. This is a step in women empowerment since it creates room for women to exercise their exemplary leadership character and thus empowering communities.
- Women can empower their communities through participation in policy formulation. If you want to make things happen, get women on board, let them be responsible. By doing this, you are creating an environment that is gender sensitive which is a key role in policy formulation. Once the process of policy formulation is gender sensitive, policy adoption becomes easy and when policies are wholesomely adopted, empowerment becomes an easy venture.
- Women can empower their communities through shutting negativity. Some cultures in Africa and Uganda in Particular are still locked in awkward beliefs about women. They still believe that women are meant to spend most of their time in the kitchen cooking for their husbands. The only significant method that can be used to address this is if women who have achieved something in their lives to testify openly against such negative beliefs in their societies. They can speak a word of hope to teenage girls who have lost hope at a tender stage hence empowering communities.
- Formation of women unions, cooperatives and circles. Women can help in empowering their communities through formation of savings groups, money laundering circles, starting up income generating projects, to mention but a few. By these circles help in community development through financing projects, offering small interest loans, addressing community problems with a collective voice, etc. by doing this, women are empowering their communities.
- Fight against injustice. Women can make good champions of justice since they are at the fore front. Women can empower their communities by supporting government agencies such as the Uganda Police Forces (UPF) in dealing with who oppose the laws of the land. This can reduce criminality and gender inequalities in their communities.
Milele Foundation-Uganda works with grassroots community leaders to build their capacity and knowledge so that they can teach their local community members about health rights among other ways they can empower the communities. We run these training under the Milele School of community program.
Goal of Community Empowerment
Dissemination of information on health rights and responsibilities, including sanitation and hygiene within the community, to educate and empower people in the communities , particularly the poor and vulnerable.
Empowerment For the Poor – Uganda (MFU) aims to help impoverished women and youth overcome socioeconomic barriers in their families and communities by improving their business and entrepreneurship skills, providing opportunities for skilling programs and value addition, and improving their access to knowledge and information.
Through the Milele School of Community program we aim at building a self-reliant community, building a network of women equipping them to lead the transformation of their communities.
Support Children with disabilities
Families with disabled children face additional challenges and are frequently isolated. The entire family is affected by disability on a social and economic level. Families must be given the tools they need to overcome obstacles to their children’s inclusion. The MFU creates opportunities by forming parent support groups and child rights clubs. Families are given the tools and resources they need to overcome inequalities:
Opportunities to share experiences, socialize, and learn from and with one another Opportunities to raise community awareness and improve the situation of children with disabilities and their families. We help some get to have corrective surgeries to restore their movements through our partners Victoria Hospitals
DISABLED CARE AND SPECIAL NEEDS.
There is a lot of meaning beyond just words; “disability” and “special needs.” They are common terms in our societies, we live with them but the way we use and apply them mean a lot to different people. One might be wondering what is the difference between the two words, if I am born with disability, does that mean that I am having a special need? What if I am not born with any disabilities, does that make me an exception when it comes to special needs? When you meditate upon the words, you realize that every individual whether disabled or not disabled has a special need but what differentiates the two is that the disabled might be actually disabled to acquire the special need. It might be more difficult for a lame child to access school on time compared to the child with both legs.
Knowing a disease is being half cured. Now that we know how the words are related or different, it is high time we learnt on how to apply them in our real life events and those of our friends, families, workmates, classmates, name it.
It is true that most disabled people are not limited by their physical disabilities but by their perceptions of their physical disabilities. It is much of mental than physical. They suffer the pain of being physically handcuffed and thus shift the handcuffs from the body to the brain. They live in agony, grief, wishing they never lived, cursing the days they were born, to mention but a few.
They keep wondering whether it is possible for them to attain education, get married, have families, be part of the cooperate world, name it. This is such a great tragedy not only to them but also their friends, families and the country as a whole.
Does this mean that we should give up, sit back and watch these people perish? This is not the best thing to do, these people were created by the same God, born on the same days like us, no one chooses to be born with disabilities, and some of them were born with full body parts but for reasons like diseases, torture, accidents, etc. they are now people with disabilities. This is why they need your help more than before.
You can be part of the global change by not doing big things but doing small things into the lives of people with disabilities through meeting their special needs. You can do this by being part of our volunteer programs, donating to children with disabilities under our care or sponsoring a child with disability for their education. It is possible for you to be a reason someone lives for the next fifty years.
Join us as we provide care to people with disabilities and special needs. Caring for them is not just our promise but a debt to be paid. This can be made possible through keeping kids engaged in mindful games, teaching them basic lessons, assisting them in making crafts and paintings, carrying out activities through which they can learn valuable lessons and assisting the caretaking staff in administrative work of the center(s).
What are some of the challenges faced by these children in Ugandan communities?
Though rights of children with disabilities are acknowledged, some of the provisions to realize them do not meet the standards expected by the CRC and UN CRPD and as ja result, CWDS have suffered a lot. CWDS in Uganda are vulnerable to a number of challenges recognized a follows;
Lack of effective participation
There is limited involvement or not at all of the CWDS and their parents or guardians in formulation, dissemination and implementation of laws and policies related to them, worse to that, even the relevant persons that take care of CWDS are not engaged in those processes. This has as a result led to ignorance and ineffective implementation of the existing laws and policies.
Community misconceptions and stigmas
These remain associated with CWDS, homes of CWDS and this in turn leads to attitudes and behavior of neglect, isolation, abuse and marginalization of CWDS communities and families leading to increased discrimination.
CWDS always underestimate themselves before others in the society. They think they do not fit in the society like how other able bodied children do. This is visible in self-pity, loss of self-esteem and non- reporting of human rights abuses against them. The situation is made worse by the service providers and the general public who do not appreciate that to accord CWDS their rights is an obligation.
We have seen testimonies of people with disabilities who have had a great impact on the nation and the world as a whole. We have seen great art, music, and other creative work made by people with disabilities. This is reason enough for grooming more people and support their talent. We still believe that disability is not inability.
Disabled Children Empowerment Program in Uganda.
As milele foundation Uganda, we know that families with disabled children face additional challenges and are frequently isolated. The entire family is affected by disability on social and economic level. Families must be give the tools they need to overcome obstacles to their children inclusion.
What are the common disabilities in children we handle as milele foundation Uganda?
There are many disabilities that affect children between ages 3 and 17 and they can be physiological, cognitive, orthopedic among others. These conditions begin during the development of these children. Unfortunately these conditions have been increasing overtime and according to a study conducted by the American academy of pediatrics (AAP), 1 in 6 children has a developmental challenge or disability.
Here are some of the most common developmental disabilities in children between 3 and 17 years of age.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The ADHD manifests in case a child lacks ability to pay attention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Children who are primarily inattentive cannot focus on tasks, get difficulties in paying attention to detail, forget to do chores or other daily activities, easily lose things and appear not to listen when being addressed to.
These children with ADHD are so hyperactive and impulsive often fidget or squirm in their seats, move around when it’s not appropriate, have difficulty in waiting for their turn, and always talk too much plus interrupting other people’s conversations.
Many children with ADHD also struggle with conditions such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, mood disorders and tic disorders. These conditions may start showing up by 3 and most case symptoms come out at 12 and may follow the children in adulthood.
The fact that they are called learning disabilities, it does not stop them from having effects beyond learning. Other areas affected are time management skills, organization, and abstract reasoning. These learning disorders can also affect relationships of the children.
There is a difference between learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities. Children that have learning disabilities can have above average intelligence. Some of the most common learning disabilities include; dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, and visual processing disorder.
Autism spectrum disorder.
ASD is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. It is usually manifested in the first years of life. Some children appear normal at birth and; later start showing symptoms between 18 and 24 months of age. For example, a child may be starting to learn how to talk and all of a sudden stops.
ASD affected children exhibit the following symptoms when it comes to social interactions or communication; failure to make eye contact while being talked to, failure to respond to their name when being called, lack facial expressions, speaking using abnormal tone or speak robots, repeat words with less or no understanding them, failure to recognize nonverbal cues from other.
What is the extent of these children with disabilities in Ugandan communities?
A report from the World Bank group (2020) says that about 16% of Ugandan children have a disability, this suggests that most with disabilities are not able to attend school and learners with special needs fail to transition from one education level to another.
Only 5% of the children disabilities can access education through inclusive schools and 10% through special needs, UNICEF (2014) reports. Ministry of education and sports (2017), some 9597 pupils’ enrolled inn preprimary schools (1.6%) have impairments. The majority were children with mental impairments 28%, followed by hearing impairment 25%, followed by visual impairments 22%, physical impairments 16%, autism 5%, and multiple handicaps-deaf and blind 4%.
There are 172864 children with special needs in primary schools which is 2.0% of the total primary level enrollment and 9% of the overall children with special needs. Regarding the category of impairment, hearing 27.3%, mental 22.7%, visual 25.8%, and physical impairments 17% constitute the percentages. More than half 52.6% of these pupils are males.
8945 students (0.6%) of students in secondary schools have special learning needs. Visually impaired students constitute the largest percentage of these students, followed by those with physical disabilities. Students with autism and multiple handicaps were fewer among students enrolled.
What do we recommend as milele foundation Uganda?
- Review and enforce the Uganda legal and policy frame work;
- Sensitization and awareness and reinforce the capacities of communities and stakeholders more read more
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