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Meet Scovia

Scovia is a 7-year-old girl with a smile that lights up any room. When we met her, she was suffering from untreated hydrocephalus, which was causing seizures, fainting, and headaches and was preventing her from playing with the other kids. 

Scovia is one of 11.5 million Ugandan children who live in poverty and severe deprivation by local standards.*

Here are three of the most urgent deprivations Ugandan children face:

Food poverty

Poor children in Uganda struggle to access just one meal a day. Many are forced to dig in their neighbors’ gardens or lay bricks just to earn enough to pay for food.

66% of Ugandan children below the poverty line get fewer than 3 meals a day
 

24% have to travel long distances or wait in long lines for safe water
 

19% have to work to help pay for food

Limited access to healthcare

Many of these children suffer from untreated health problems. Lack of transportation to medical facilities and no money to pay for treatment prevent them from getting the care they need.

More than 4 out of 5 poor Ugandan children are unable to access health care or prescribed medicines when they are sick

1 in 3 deaths of children are due to conditions that are largely preventable or treatable, such as malaria or pneumonia

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Lack of education

Most impoverished Ugandan children will never set foot in a classroom or receive any opportunity to advance their lives. This deprivation perpetuates generational cycles of poverty, depression, and substance abuse.

52% of poor Ugandan children are unable to read or write

 

90% have no books in their homes

The rest of Scovia’s story!

We saw that Scovia needed immediate medical attention, so we arranged for transportation, surgeries, and medications to begin relieving the pressure in her head.

As Scovia’s health improved, we were thrilled to welcome her as one of the very first students at Greater Vision Academy in Sogolelo, where she enjoys classes and two healthy meals every school day. 

Today, Scovia has access to quality education, good nutrition, and the ongoing medical care she needs!

 What we do 

 Greater Vision Uganda is on a mission to empower young people to rise above physical, mental, and economic challenges and see a greater vision for their future! 

We accomplish this in three specific ways:

 Education 

Greater Vision Academy in Sogolelo, Uganda has grown to 60 students, five teachers, and five assistant staff members! Using learning as a foundation, we foster an environment where children can discover their potential and prepare for their future. The education we provide is free, meets the highest educational standards, and includes support for children with learning challenges.

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 Nutrition 

We serve two healthy meals every school day. These meals help the children relieve worries about their next meal and greatly reduce or eliminate their need to work for food. We also have a school garden and two rainwater collection tanks to provide clean drinking water.

 Health Care 

Right now, we provide free basic healthcare and much-needed medical transport services. In the future, we plan to launch a clinic and offer health education to all families in the village.

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What we’ve accomplished so far

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Temporary classrooms

We completed our first few classrooms to accommodate our K-3 students. This temporary structure has allowed us to begin teaching students while we build a much larger permanent structure.
Completed in March 2021

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Landscaping and latrine

Our beautiful walkways and landscaping have encouraged an organized and productive environment for our students. The new latrine gives students a place to practice the new hygiene habits they are learning. Completed in February 2021

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Temporary kitchen

Students receive two healthy meals every school day thanks to our fully-staffed temporary kitchen!
Completed in May 2021

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Healthy check-up program

Early on, we noticed that most of the students did not have access to regular health check-ups. Some students had untreated conditions that were leading to severe issues. In response, we started providing health check-ups at a proper medical facility. Three students underwent immediate surgeries, all of which have been successful. Without these checkups, untreated conditions can lead to learning challenges and severe growth delays. We also provide follow-up to make sure students are continuing to receive treatment and recovering well.
 Launched July 2020

Here’s how you can help!

There are three primary ways you can be a part of Greater Vision Uganda’s inspiring mission!

Sponsor a Child

A monthly donation of just $50 fully sponsors one student--including their nutrition, education, and supplies! Click the button to see one-time and monthly options and sponsor a child today!

Explore other ways to get involved

There are several other rewarding ways you can support GVU with your time, expertise, and even your CRV recyclables. Click the button to see other ways you could make a difference for children in Uganda!

Partnership research

Are you an organizational representative who is researching GVU to explore a potential partnership? Click the button to see our story, team, past accomplishments, future plans, and more!