Our Mission is to struggle for a better quality of life and improved life expectancy for orphans and other vulnerable groups in difficult circumstances in hard to reach urban slum areas and rural areas by mobilizing young Ugandan students to partner with them through SEED an innovative success case replicable Savings For Education, Entrepreneurship and Down payment community dialogue model
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The AIDS epidemic has ravished the homes of millions of Ugandans for the past twenty years leaving over 13 million children orphaned. Today, your donation can give to one of these orphans the gift of secondary school education, or apprenticeship training or to enable them start their own small businesses and become self employed upon leaving school.Because of this crisis, large numbers of children do not have access to basic necessities such as food and education. In Uganda alone, more than 75% of all children are unable to attend primary and secondary school.
SOVHEN Uganda with the support of Global Fund For Children is one of the university student founded registered voluntary nongovernmental and not for profit community based organization that provides completely free livelihood and educational opportunities for orphans and their households through Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Down payment to reach their highest potential.
For the period 16th June 2006 to present, donor support has enabled SOVHEN to assist more than 600 orphans through the assistance of their surviving caregivers to learn how to budget, plan, save, and manage their resources. SOVHEN provides wooden piggy banks and balance books to help them practice what they learn, and upon conclusion of trainings, SOVHEN opens individual savings accounts at a local bank for all members. The children continue to use the wooden piggy banks to save limited resources they receive or earn through assistance of their surviving caregivers, and at the end of every school term; the money is transferred into their savings bank accounts
In effort to bolster their savings accounts, the children in presence of their surviving caregivers receive an after-school and weekend activity traditional handicrafts making skill training in: Waxed and soft picture Batik making: Beautiful jewelry making from a variety of materials; local seeds (e.g. castor oil plant seeds), bone, wood, horn, plastic, clay or recycled paper : Basket, mat, hand bag weaving made from a local fiber taken from a type of palm leaf called raffia which is wrapped around long strips of banana leaf stems. Artisans also make a range of baskets that use a combination of banana fiber (which comes from the bark of the banana tree) and raffia wrapped over coils of banana leaf stems. Greeting cards for all occasions. Most popular are the batik paintings on white card. Equally popular are cards made with recycled paper, bark cloth and beads.
These handicrafts products are sold to the local community, including local schools. The weekend activity traditional handicrafts making skill training are done every weekend from 9-5 am; after-school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4am. Given its primary focus on education, SOVHEN ensures that the children skills training remain an after-school and weekend activity.
SOVHEN recently received a USD$4,000 Technical assistance grant from Mobility International USA for inclusion of children with disabilities in SEED program. We are so excited to extend servives to children with disabilities in SEED programin Mpigi, Masaka, Rakai and Kampala districts.