Uganda, country in east-central Africa. About the size of Great Britain, Uganda is populated by dozens of ethnic groups. The English language and Christianity help unite these diverse peoples, who come together in the cosmopolitan capital of Kampala, a verdant city whose plan includes dozens of small parks and public gardens and a scenic promenade along the shore of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater lake. The Swahili language unites the country with its East African neighbors Kenya and Tanzania.
Ugandan families and communities struggle to access healthcare, education and other basic services and young children often suffer disproportionately.
Uganda is home to over two million orphaned children, with over half losing their parents due to HIV. The vast majority of Ugandans live in rural areas and earn their living from subsistence agriculture, with half the population living on less than $1 per day. The country’s health indicators are among the lowest in Africa, with almost 7% of children passing away before their fifth birthday. OCIA began work in Uganda in Nansana Village, in Wakiso District, by building a Believe in Me Education so all the children in the rural village & Urban center can now have access to education.
We then began changing the lives of orphaned and abandoned children at the Ocia Haven Village Home through our Together As One Program. The Ocian's and toddlers in this program often arrive severely malnourished and with complex health needs.
With in 2019, Ocia was one of the charities in Uganda implementing care for orphan children. As children are cared for at the Ocia Haven Village Home, we then graduate the children to care in the local community.
We are committed to the reunification of abandoned children by their families whenever possible and work with local social workers to transform children to grow in love and become prepared, to eventually one day leave the orphanage and become productive in the community.
Uganda is called the pearl of Africa comes from Winston Churchill in his popularized book which he wrote down in the 1908”My African Journey." Uganda is called the Pearl of Africa when Winston talked of the magnificence, color, life, birds, reptiles, insects, beasts, mammals, and vegetation's.
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Uganda is not a comfortable place to live by any means. 84 percent of Ugandan youth are unemployed, and only 46 percent of college-educated people have jobs. There is a significant economic divide between the poor and the wealthy few; the majority live on less than $1 USD a day and struggle to meet basic needs such as food security or healthcare, while the rich minority reap the benefits from the financial disparity. Malaria, a tropical disease transmitted through mosquito bites, is a real threat, but the simple antibiotics that may help reduce risk for parasitic infection, such as Doxycycline, is not affordable for individuals living below the national poverty line.