Village Hope International (VHI) is a Non Governmental Organization based in Uganda, East Africa. We exist to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children who have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities.
Village Hope International (VHI) promotes communities whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children. Our strengths lies in our deep understanding of children`s experiences of deprivation, exclusion and vulnerability.
Our Vision; Cared Generation.
Our mission; To Empower and Support Vulnerable Communities in Generation Care and Ecological Adaptation through Synergies.
care and support for children in especially difficult circumstances.
the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities.
Promoting and providing accessibility to health and education program for vulnerable children.
To preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Promoting self-income generation.
Resource mobilization for community transformation.
HONESTY AND TRANSPARENCY: Being accountable at all levels for the effectiveness of our actions and open to our judgments and communications with others.
MUTUAL RESPECT: Requiring us to recognize the inmate worth of all people and the value of diversity.
EQUITY AND JUSTICE: Requiring us to work to ensure equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, HIV status, religion and location.
COURAGE OF CONVICTION: Requiring us to be creative and radical, bold and innovative – without fear of failure.
HUMILITY: In our representation and behavior, we recognize that we are part of a wider alliance for generation care and ecological adaptation.
One of every five children in Uganda is in especially difficult circumstances and most are between 6 and 15 years of age. In Uganda culture, family and community have always traditionally taken care of such children. However, the crisis has now overburdened households. Many communities are finding it too difficult to give the care and support they need. With the added burdens of poverty, HIV/AIDS and domestic violence, many communities are facing a crisis situation. There is need to help households meet the financial, social psychological, educational and health needs of the children in especially difficult circumstances. Hence, Generation Care.
On the other hand, natural resources constitute the primary source of livelihood for the majority of Ugandans. Indeed, the economy of Uganda depends on exploiting of the natural resources and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Management of these natural resources is therefore important and critical to Uganda`s long term development. The main strength of Uganda in the environment sector is that it is richly endowed with the bounties of nature – good soils and biodiversity, simple vegetation cover, attractive climate and abundant water resources. In some areas, these gifts of nature still remain intact, thereby availing the opportunity to utilize them sustainably (VISION: 2025).
However, climate change which has started manifesting itself through increased frequency of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and landslides, is posing a serious threat to Uganda`s natural resources, social and economic development. Climate change has already impacted on a number of communities making them more vulnerable hence the need for effective ecological adaptation.
Triggered by the above, Village Hope International (VHI), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has positioned itself to empower communities in Generation Care and Ecological Adaptation through Synergies.
Village Hope International strategic plan provides the overall strategic direction and focuses on the following four major life changing projects;
1. Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children Health Care.
Good health is the physical, mental and emotional well being of a person. Children need to have access to preventive care such as immunization, as well as treatment of illness. Children who lack an adult caregiver receive less attention when sick and miss out on health services. This makes them more vulnerable to diseases and in tedious. That is why, in our day to day work, we are characterized by the following activities; Awareness meetings that cover salient topics like promotion of personal hygiene, maintaining proper home environment, home based management of common childhood diseases, and HIV/AIDS sensitization, prevention and care.
We also link Orphans and other Vulnerable Children to Health centers and hospitals for management of complications, notably epilepsy, vision impairness and physical disability.
To keep Orphans and other Vulnerable adolescent girl children descent, healthy and comfortable in school and among est their fellow peer communities, we regularly provide them with sanitary ware materials like Pads, clothing and food.
2. Orphans and other Vulnerable Children Educational Opportunities.
Basic education allows children to live a better, more productive life, and increases their choices and opportunities for the future. In the long term, if vulnerable children acquire skills and training, they will be in a better position to support themselves and their families.
This fact compelled us to continue Providing the following support to needy children;
Provision Scholarships and or Scholastic material such as books, pens and mathematical sets to needy children per term.
Enrolling older vulnerable children in non-formal education/ vocational training to gain basic vocational skills like Tailoring, Carpentry, Hairdressing among others.
We also train teachers and community members to support enrollment, promote retention and achievement of Orphans and other Vulnerable Children in school.
3. Resilient livelihoods.
Climate change have already impacted on many communities, exposing them to increasing hazards and making them more vulnerable. Climate change presents additional obstacles to ending poverty. That is why we regularly review community vulnerability and capacity Assessment to analyze vulnerability to climate change and adaptive capacity at the grass root level. We document profiles and practices of women groups. We also train women on promotion of climate resilient agricultural practices and diversification of livelihoods, including non agricultural livelihoods strategy.
We Supported women groups with start up for village savings and loans association in addition to conducting awareness meetings on strengthening access to early warning systems. We train women groups on advocacy on rights to livelihoods resources.
4. Ministry in Development.
The situation of orphans and other vulnerable children in Uganda today is at a crisis level. The numbers of children and their many needs have stretched the resources of house holds and communities.
This led us to involve men and women of God in supporting needy children, and this is how we do it;
We train church leaders on involvement of ministry in development.
We Organize and facilitated gospel crusades, preach in schools and also Support churches on Orphans and other Vulnerable Children activities.