The majority of HCU beneficiaries are between the ages of 4 and 13. As HCU children have exceeded this age range, we have noticed a decline in their HCU engagement – a common trend among Gulu youth within vocational programs. This often occurs as the youths assume more responsibilities at home – some even starting families of their own. We want to keep this particular group engaged and supported through their adolescent ages.
We have recognized the lack of support for young adolescents in Gulu.We have recognized that a child’s welfare is dependent on their family life as much as the education they get outside of this. Therefore the Uplift program is aimed at supporting the families that support Gulu’s youth. The program will provide micro-loans to households to assist them in achieving their small-businesses goals and the financial stability that we recognize as the foundation of healthy homes.
The program will aim at self-intervention at a community level through group-loans to encourage responsible financial planning and foster businesses outcomes. A small interest rate attached to the micro-loans will allow it to be self-sustaining while also providing a source of income for other programs that HCU is implementing in Northern Uganda. Beyond this we encourage mothers to use the financial security achieved through the program to contribute to the basic needs of their children and those within their communities. It is our aspiration that this program will create powerful entrepreneurs that will be role models within their communities and families.
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