The mission of the Children’s Educational Fund (The CHEF – Uganda)/CORE Uganda (www.coreuganda.org) is to avail vulnerable children (orphans, former abductees, those infected with HIV/AIDS and very poor children) with sufficient basic education or skills and support activities that ensure sustainability in generating provisions for their normal livelihood in society.
Uganda has suffered the wrath of HIV/AIDS epidemic since 1982 and millions of citizens have died leaving thousands of members of families and children vulnerable.
Insecurity at the border areas to Karamoja, a hostile tribe notorious for cattle-rustling has also brought untold suffering to the people of Northern and Eastern Uganda. Lives, properties and livelihoods have been shattered.
The influx of the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels of a self-styled warlord Joseph Kony into the North and East confounded the situation. A lot of property was destroyed and over 5,000 children were abducted and forced to be combatants and sex-slaves. Some of them have since returned but very traumatised.
The Canadian Samaritans for Africa has entered into partnership with the CHEF Uganda to help to dig wells the CHEF Camp in Soroti that will provide clean and drinkable water for all the children in this camp as well as over 1000 people from the surrounding community.
We have given 10 students in the camp full scholarship so that they can have quality education to secondary school level.