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.
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”.
vision of YAR-U is “Communities where Children with disabilities, Orphans and
other vulnerable children enjoy their full potential and life of dignity and
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Promotion of Multisectoral approach to development issues.
and accountability in all the organisation work.