Children’s Rights

Uganda is home to a large number of underprivileged children whose plight is manifested by the multi-dimensional deprivations they face. This challenge usually exposes them to multiple risks that impact adversely on their well-being; and on several occasions, it prevents them from reaching their full potential.

At VOICE, our children's rights portfolio covers the entire spectrum of juvenile entitlements that are enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); and as we execute our constitutional mandate, we ensure that children who find themselves at the margins of society afford the basic needs without discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnic identity, religious affiliation or any other consideration.

Our Work

Facilitating the Acquisition of Basic Education

We provide scholastic materials to underprivileged children to enable them complete the primary school cycle, in the process of which they acquire literacy and numeracy skills that empower them to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty. Access to education is not only a basic human right but also a social and economic imperative intrinsically linked to all development goals.

Providing Access to Clean Water and Improvement of Sanitation

We construct rainwater tanks and pit-latrines under the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme to make the school environment child-friendly.

Promoting Freedom to Express Opinion and Involvement in Decision-making

We mainstream children's participation into project planning and design whereby both boys and girls are empowered to participate in decision-making processes particularly with regard to interventions that affect their life.

Ugandan Children Fact Sheet

  • Children account for approximately 55% of Uganda's population;

  • 1.5 million children (or 8 % of the children) are orphans;

  • 30 % children lack access to clean water;

  • 36 % of children in the poorest households lack access to a latrine facility of any kind;

  • 34 % of children fail to complete the primary school cycle;

  • 42 % of children aged between 0 and 17 live in extreme poverty;

  • Many children without access to a sanitation facility resort to defecating in the open and water sources;

  • 24.5 % of children aged between 6 and 17 never attended school in 2011;

  • 18 % of children with disabilities aged between 13 and 17 never attended school between 1999 and 2009;

  • Infant mortality rate was approximately 53 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014; and

  • Under 5 mortality rate was estimated at 80 per 1,000 live births in 2014.

Head Office

Volunteer Initiative for Community Empowerment (VOICE).
Busesa Trading Centre, Jinja-Malaba Road
P.O. Box 293, Iganga-Uganda
Tel: +256 787431895 or +256 782922568

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