Every child desperately needs a loving family. We are making a child’s story.
- AUWO is mobilizing the church as a strong voice for the voiceless children to advocate for family based care.
- How can we accelerate smooth transition from institutional care to family based care?
- AUWO is working for attitude change to embrace local solutions for children in communities with the church becoming the central player.
- We leverage on the influence of pastors in communities as each pastor is encouraged to listen to a child’s story and speak out of the child’s behalf.
“Orphaned children are often ‘unreachable’ because they fall ‘outside’ the relatively stable and defined structures of family and community that most development efforts target…” The Rev. Canon Dr. Sam Rubunda, Presidential Advisor on Religious Affairs, Orphan Sunday Sensitisattion day, 31/10/2015
2. Foster Care and Adoption
Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, believers freely receive the adoption as children. Galatians 4:4-5
- AUWO trains and equips local churches to mobilize and equip their families to take part in the ministry of adopting fatherless and vulnerable / abandoned children into their families. 500 churches are being trained across 16 districts in the four regions of the country.
- We are encouraging local adoption to ensure Christians in Uganda understand and exercise God’s heart for every child to belong in a family.
- Member organisations that specialize in preparing families for adoption and foster care are linked to churches with prospective families.
- AUWO runs a 1 hour weekly radio talk show on two leading Christian FM stations to sensitize Christian households. Listeners get opportunity to call in live on the show.
3. Orphan Sunday
“Defend the cause of the fatherless” Isaiah 1:17
- Orphan Sunday is a best practice for AUWO (also being used in 70 countries) to mobilise churches annually to celebrate the second Sunday of November annually.
- Pastors mobilise vulnerable children to show them the heavenly Father’s love and share a message of hope.
- The entire month of October is used to preach and teach the congregation “the heavenly Father’s heart for every child to belong to a family.”
- So far, 2300 churches have taken part in this exercise from 16 districts.
4. Church Empowerment Program
While organisations run projects with deadlines, the Church is here to stay!
The church is strategically located in every community and enjoys the unhindered access to vulnerable groups of people.
- Armed with the gospel, the church is the only agent of hope bringing true hope found in the unconditional love of the heavenly Father.
- AUWO is seeking to empower churches to communicate the message of hope to orphaned, vulnerable children and widows beyond word but in deed.
- The church needs best practices in orphan care and needs to work with other churches in the community to ensure every child experiences the heavenly Father’s love.
- AUWO is empowering churches to become child friendly by develop child protection policies, adopting children and youths’ development strategies that ensure vulnerable children receive help from within their community while working directly with the probation officers.
Churches can effectively help orphaned and vulnerable children in communities if they are empowered to operate in the legal framework that guides OVC care in Uganda.
5. Capacity Building
- AUWO seeks to build capacities of community based organisations to enable them facilitate sustainable family support programs to prevent children from being separated from their families.
- CBOs and NGOs at grassroots levels are a good vehicle to sensitise the publics on government policies and reach out to various government agencies for support in handling particular cases involving children.
- Closely working with churches, local CBOs and NGOs can exchange research information and technics to deal with prevailing threats to family safety.
- AUWO intends to mobilise and equip CBOs and NGOs with best practices in orphan care with keen emphasis on mobilising local solutions for local problems. Children who are vulnerable are to be taken care of within their respective community of origin and not transported to other places where they get disconnected from their families and culture.
- Building capacity is majorly in form of funding, training, facilitating networking at both local, national and international forums.
6. Family Preservation
- There is a worrying rise of family breakups in Uganda. The causes are many including drugs and alcoholism, poverty, disease, unfaithfulness and war among others.
- AUWO is working through churches to preserve families through ongoing counseling and training for families to prevent domestic violence, alleviate poverty e.t.c.
- Mobilising fathers to live responsible lives and fulfill their fatherly obligations of loving and caring for their families.
- Women’s empowerment programs to help mothers gain skills and start up income generating projects with access to micro finance services at local churches.
Uganda is broken into 5 regions, Central, Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern.