April 2021 Update - our gifts of $1,550 to OCRE in Uganda has already provided much needed tuition funding. With recent donations, we are now able to fully cover all 63 children for Term 1! Many thanks to all of you who helped make this possible!!!
Building on previous work by the East Africa Charitable Projects Fund, US OCRE supports the education of 63 children in the Ociba region of Uganda by enrolling them in an education program and assisting them with the necessary tuition payments and other educational needs. We also provide support for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and others in need of immediate supports for daily living.
Uganda is located in East Africa and home to over 34 million people with major industries focused on agriculture, tourism, fishing, and manufacturing (particularly of textiles). Its capital, Kampala, sits along the southern border, on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Our service area, the Arua district and areas around Ociba village, is located about 9 hours drive northwest of Kampala, bordering South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. For a closer look, click here. To learn about the tragic history of the naming of Ociba Hill (pictured to the right), click here
In 2017, about 52% of Ugandan children completed their primary education and about 26% completed their secondary education (citation). Even for those children who are able to participate, their success is limited by the lack of food at the school or the home, as well as the need for the basics of recreation, counseling, and medical attention, particularly when natural disasters wipe out local bridges (left picture). The Lugbara tribe, which represents many of the children we serve, is among the poorest in Uganda, with average per capita income below 1 USD per day.
Through this effort, there is a unique opportunity to support a grassroots initiative which ensures that 100% of the funds you dedicate for services will go directly towards supporting OCRE in Uganda and the children and families of the Ociba region. Click here for details on our first fundraising goal.
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