HIS MERCY SCHOOL
MAYUGE DISTRICT, UGANDA
It is also a community hub, investing in future generations through education and development.
Kikubo village, in the Mayuge District of Uganda, is one of the poorest villages in the country. The people of Kikubo are primarily subsistence farmers who live peasantry lives. Illiteracy levels are high and superstitious beliefs are commonplace. The area is also continually ravaged by jiggers (the chigoe flea, a parasite that attacks the feet), extreme poverty and disease. And all too often, well-intentioned and desperate parents send their kids away in hope of education and opportunity, and those children are turned into slaves.
Area: 93,065 sq mi
Year of Independence: 1962
PEOPLE IN UGANDA
- 73.2% literacy rate
- Uganda’s youth literacy rate is 87.6%
- 59 year life expectancy (up 11 years since 1990)
- 1.5mil people living with HIV/AIDS
- 74.8% of population using improved drinking water sources
POVERTY IN UGANDA
Orphan Pop: 2.5 million orphans (1.2 million orphaned by AIDS)
HIGH RISKS IN UGANDA
- Ugandan children as young as 7 are exploited in forced labor. Forced child labor occurs in agriculture, cattle herding, mining, stone quarrying, brick making, car washing, scrap metal collection, bars, restaurants & the domestic service sector; girls & boys are also exploited in prostitution.
- 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report, Uganda
His Mercy Christian School currently provides quality education to more than 300 students, including a hot meal for students and staff every day. It also serves as a hub for community development work including daily access to healthcare at the new clinic, micro lending, leadership development, orphan care and more. Help One Now sustains the operations of this school and the accompanying development work through our vulnerable child sponsorship program and our Help One Classroom campaign.
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THE LOCAL LEADER
This story comes to us directly from our staff in Uganda! Zabina Naikoba is 19 years old. She lives with her mother, Annet, and her 6 siblings in Jinja Uganda. Annet is a peasant farmer and works hard as a single mom to care for her children. Zabina is a very bright,...
After months of construction, the new preschool at His Mercy School in Mayuge, Uganda, is OPEN! Here's Genessa Newberry, our Africa Anti-Trafficking Director, with more: At Help One Now, we focus on holistic community development to address all sides of the complex...
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