The Uganda Red Cross Society, with support from Netherlands Red Cross distributed scholastic materials to HIV orphans in six districts of Uganda (Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi, Lira, Pader and Kitgum). These orphans have been part of the HIV/ OVC support project that has been running since 2010 when they were identified. The two national societies had supported 3000 Orphans & Vulnerable Children in many ways among which is keeping them is school.
The project was targeting people living with HIV, children living with HIV, children whose parents died of HIV, disabled children; lame, blind, dumb and children living with grand mothers who cannot support them in school as direct beneficiaries. However, other categories also have been indirect benefactors. These include among other; households of the people living with HIV, care takers of children living with HIV and the community in general. This project has been funded by Netherlands Red Cross through the MFS I and MFS II projects which have been in place from 2010 to 2015 when the project phased out.
“As Red Cross we believe that a child shouldn’t fail to go to school because they are positive and their parents died of the virus… we do the little we can to facilitate them go to school.” Says Mr Luwaga Ivan, the Cluster Manager in Charge of Mityana, Mpigi and Wakiso. This project was started in 2013 by Netherlands Red Cross and it ended in June this year, however as a gesture of saying farewell, Netherlands Red Cross decided to give these children books, pens, Mathematical sets, Pencils and School bags so that they keep in school. Over 7000 households with people living with HIV have benefited from this project.