YOUTH AT RISK UGANDA
YOUTH AT RISK UGANDA was established to respond to the Community needs and challenges of marginalized children due to disability, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and hunger. Children with disabilities, Orphans and other vulnerable children suffer from limited access to education and employment opportunities leading to economic and social exclusion. They are vulnerable to lack of social security and due to breakdown in the extended family system in Uganda coupled with limited land, shelter, food security, rehabilitation services and other economic avenues. It is also noted that such suffering do not only make these poor children vulnerable but also limit their productive potentials and alternatives in life and thus live and die with resignation and self pity.
The mission of YAR-U is “To contribute to the fundamental basic needs of Children with disabilities, Orphans and other vulnerable children especially those living under difficult circumstances to minimum standards for a life of dignity through home based rehabilitation services, vocational skills training, advocacy, HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support services and establishment of institutional and physical structures that improve on their living conditions”.
The vision of YAR-U is “Communities where Children with disabilities, Orphans and other vulnerable children enjoy their full potential and life of dignity and sustainable livelihoods”.
(a) To promote inclusive education and training for children and youth with disabilities, and other vulnerable children and set up a model sheltered training center for purposes of providing them with marketable and employable job skills that makes them self sustaining.
(b) To promote community Based means to empower Children with disabilities and to promote their social welfare including rehabilitation and improved health through home based rehabilitation and referral services.
(c) To increase Community awareness and health literacy on disease prevention especially HIV/AIDS and promotion of healthy life styles in order to have healthy and productive livelihoods.
(d) To initiate appropriate community Programmes aimed at enhancing sustainable food security systems at community and household levels for sustainable economic, social growth, survival and development of orphans and other vulnerable children and their households.
(e) To enhance YARU institutional capacity to effectively and efficiently facilitate and coordinate relevant development initiatives and Programmes.
· The Organisation is committed to increasing knowledge and skills about disability, health and health rights and to seek, adopt and diffuse innovative solutions.
· Focusing on empowering children with disabilities and other vulnerable children at grassroots to know their rights with the hope that they can fight for it and actively participate in their own development endeavors.
· Promotion of Multisectoral approach to development issues.
· Emphasizing transparency and accountability in all the organisation work.