At Empowering Kids, we are privileged to work with an amazing group of Kids.
Their intelligence, resilience and humor continually amazes us. As part of our work, we visit the children and their families four times a year. During these visits we ensure they are thriving academically, personally and interpersonally. In addition we maintain constant contact via telephone. By identifying challenges early, it enables us to work with the children, families, teachers and community to overcome them.
As of 2016, EKU has provided support to 20 youth for over 4 years.
The progress they have made and the attachments they have developed with their families is inspiring. The children come from a variety of backgrounds and spent between 2 months and 6 years respectively. There are 12 girls and 8 boys and they range in age from 7 – 20 years.
Our program is based on Social Justice.
We support and empower these kids because we believe all children have the right to an education, medical care and a healthy, supportive living environment. As such, we do not encourage contact between the children and donors. In lieu of contact, Empowering Kids will provide donors with regular updates and stories after each follow up visit.
Empowering Kids works with…
…an extremely vulnerable group of children in Northern Uganda. Discrimination against Child Soldiers is still extremely common and there are also security concerns. Furthermore, for the children to fully reintegrate into their communities, they cannot continually be identified as ‘born in captivity’. To protect the children EKU never posts pictures or publicizes characteristics that could be used to identify them.
We do not measure our success by the number of children we help,
…but rather by the quality of help we provide and the success of our children in the future. We began this project with a list of 10 children. We now have a list of almost 20 and a waiting list of many more. A huge need for our program exists in Northern Uganda and with your support we can empower a number of children.
The Children are the Priority
EKU has only one paid employee, the In-Country manager. Everyone else volunteers their time to keep operational costs to a minimum. In addition, families do not receive any monetary reward for welcoming the children into their homes, and are responsible for basic necessities such as clothing, food, shelter, and minor medical attention. This helps secure the bond between guardian and child, and facilitates the child looking to the guardian for support and guidance.