ABOUT UGANDA

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.

Why Uganda

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.

Discovering  Generous  Heart

Uganda


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. However, despite having very little and struggling greatly, the Ugandans are some of the most generous people. They are generous in their compassion for other people, quick to sympathize and offer aid if possible; they are generous in their love for Christ, demonstrating their devout faith by connecting God back to all things; they are generous in their time, patient in listening to another’s story and ensuring that individual feels heard; and they are generous in their laughter, taking great joy in the simple pleasures of life.




Discovering a Generous Heart "Willams From United States".


One moment of generosity that particularly stood out to me involved a eight-year-old boy we met during our first afternoon in Kampala. While we were enjoying a late lunch at Caffe Java, the restaurant staff brought out a large chocolate cake to the boy, who was celebrating his birthday with his friends. After blowing out his candles, the boy cut the cake into multiple bite size pieces and began moving from table to table, offering peripheral restaurant patrons a bit of his dessert. When the boy reached our group, it took us a few minutes to realize that he wanted to share his cake with us. In the USA, we don’t give food off our table to strangers; such a gesture probably wouldn’t even occur to us. But here was this child, who did not have much, unselfishly giving up his cake for people he did not know, making sure that every one of us was fed. I couldn’t believe that a eight-year-old was capable of such love for his fellow human beings. It was a profoundly touching and humbling experience.





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