In an attempt to mitigate the numerous challenges children face in northern Uganda as a result of the civil war between the Ugandan government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) for more than two decades, Kids At Risk (KAR) – Uganda has come in.
A registered indigenous non-profit non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Lira district, Kids At Risk Uganda is supporting children directly affected by war, HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence (GBV).
The organisation is passionately supporting vulnerable children in the areas of education, health, legislation and care, among other services.
Speaking to TND News at Garden City in Kampala recently, the organization’s Executive Director, Mr. Frank Okot said: “The organisation’s main goal is to improve the welfare of vulnerable children through health, education, legislation and care.”
Mr Okot further told this contemporary online newspaper, “we have already signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) with the Lira district local government (LDLG) to operate in Agweng, Aromo, Ogur and Barr sub-counties respectively.
“These are the areas where hundreds of innocent people were brutally killed by the LRA leaving children fatherless, motherless,” he added.
According to Mr. Okot, hundreds of orphans and other vulnerable children have so far benefited from the project and currently the organisation is sponsoring the education of most needy children whose parents were killed by the LRA rebels and HIV/AIDS.
The organisation is also creating awareness and building capacity of stakeholders on child related issues.
“Hope isn’t lost for the vulnerable children because we are devoted to fight for their plights no matter what happened,” Mr. Okot added.
He appealed to development partners and government to join hands in the struggle to improve the welfare of vulnerable children, noting “vulnerable children worldwide needs help”.
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