Amatsiko is a registered community based organization (CBO) operating in South- Western Uganda, Kabale District, Kigezi region. The idea for the project was initially conceived in 2005 by Alex Atuheire, the project director, after he saw the detrimental effects that being orphaned or vulnerable had on the future of the community's children.
It is estimated that there are over 2 million orphaned children in Uganda. With more than 38% of Ugandans population living below the poverty line, 62% of children under 18 are living in absolute poverty.
Malnutrition constitutes a great threat to the health of these orphans and needy children in Uganda with 38% of children reported stunted with little or no improvement in recent years.
1 in 5 children are undernourished and 2 in 5 children are malnourished (Makerere University, Dr. Dorothy Nakimbugwe, June 2011).
A child dying before reaching one month of age has been recorded as 29 out of every 1000 children born in Uganda (Makerere Research 2011).These health indicators paint a bleak picture for children whose mothers may be young and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infection, have died in labour, or have been orphaned by AIDS.
- 62% of children under 18 years are living in poverty
- There are 2 million orphaned children in Uganda
- 38% of Ugandans live below the poverty line
- 1 in 5 children are undernourished
- 2 in 5 children are malnourished
- 29 out of 1000 children in Uganda die in one month of birth
- Mothers die from HIV/AIDS infection
The children we help lack the resources they need; many have very poor living standards with limited access to food and adequate housing. In addition, the director identified a number of other problems that need to be addressed. Read More