Help for Children Living in Kampala’s Namuwongo Slum
When Cathy first came to the health clinic operated by one of our partners, Little Light Uganda, she was suffering from severe malnutrition. Cathy is from the Namuwongo Slum, one of the poorest sections of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. When she arrived at the clinic, Cathy was residing with her parents and three siblings in a one room, semi-permanent structure. She was hungry. She was sick. And her future looked bleak.
Luckily, Cathy was encouraged to enroll in Little Light Uganda’s early childhood center. Operating out of the Namuwongo Slum, Little Light Uganda operates a kindergarten, a free lunch program, a health clinic and a women’s support group. The organization also provides scholarships to primary school.
The Namuwongo Slum is populated by people from the northern part of the country, many of them fleeing civil unrest. Between 1986 and 2006, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) terrorized the north. Rebelling against the Ugandan government, the LRA abducted over 60,000 children, forcing many of these children to commit violent acts against their own family. While some of these child soldiers were able to escape, others were forced to remain as sex slaves.
Today, the Namuwongo Slum is primarily inhabited by orphans or children living alone with their mothers. Most of their fathers have either abandoned the family of have died as a result of the conflict in the north or AIDS. Hunger and disease are rampant.
Offering a glimmer of light amidst the darkness, Little Light Uganda serves the slum’s most vulnerable residents. Since partnering with GreaterGood.org four months ago, enough money has been raised to provide a month’s worth of schooling and meals for 27 children.
After being treated at the clinic, Cathy enrolled in Little Light Uganda’s Early Childhood Development Center. Today, Cathy is in her second year at the center and is making wonderful progress. When she grows up, Cathy wants to become a doctor and treat sick children throughout the world. Click here to learn more about Little Light Uganda or make a donation.
by Sally Riggs, April 4, 2014