Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
SNC defines OVCs as children of 0-17 years of age who have lost a parent to, natural disaster, civil conflict or faced with extreme poverty and are in acute vulnerability, lost parents to HIV/AIDS who are otherwise directly affected by the disease, or who live in areas of high HIV prevalence and may be vulnerable to the disease or its socioeconomic effects. SNC supports family-centered activities that lessen the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and adolescents, including meeting their most basic needs of health, safety, stability, and schooling through the following core intervention activities which provide:
- Access to Health and HIV Services: Examples include promoting HIV testing for OVC and OVC households, linking HIV-positive children, adolescents, and family members to healthcare facilities for care and treatment, maintaining the negative status of OVC and adolescents, establishing partnerships and referral systems between other community and facility HIV programs, and supporting a child-focused and family-centered approach to health and nutrition.
- Safety, Protection, and Psychosocial Support: Examples include community-level child protection/gender based violence prevention and response activities, referrals to other services, addressing psychosocial health among children and their caregivers, teaching positive parenting skills including discipline, communication on adolescent risk and HIV disclosure, and creating supportive, child-friendly spaces for OVCs, particularly for adolescents at high risk (i.e. out-of-school girls).
- Stability, Economic Strengthening, and Social Protection Support: Examples include developing Household Economic Strengthening (HES) initiatives, such as savings groups or income generating activities (IGA), improving family financial management, supporting vocational training and other individual HES activities to stimulate income, and integrating HES with other child-focused interventions such as parenting.
- Schooling and Education: Examples include providing equal access to education for HIV affected children, identifying key at-risk groups, facilitating primary and secondary education opportunities for at-risk groups, implementing school-based psychosocial support and safety from violence, supporting early childhood development in coordination with Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) and other pediatric HIV programs, and integrating HIV care and treatment
SNC is touching many lives of vulnerable and orphaned children through Save A Child International (SCI) ministry. There are over 3 million orphaned children living in the streets and slums of Uganda in addition to 100,000 refuge children from neighboring countries like south Sudan, Somalia, DRC Congo and Burundi. Many of these children are orphaned by poverty, war, disease, and malnutrition. A large number of them are due to HIV/AIDS. The goal of SCI is to provide orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda with hope and a future through discovering Jesus Christ. By building quality children’s homes and care centers, SCI seeks to provide the love of Jesus, access to education, quality medical care, nutritional food and clean water, as well as shelter in a family-style home for these beautiful children. The children are spiritually mentored and loved as they grow up in our homes. Our hope is that as they grow older they will become responsible Christians and productive citizens.
SCI Uganda is set and dedicated to not only help meet the needs of orphaned and suffering children in Uganda, but also to transforming their lives. SCI Uganda future plans are to invest in acquiring land, allowing us to be as self-sustaining as possible through agriculture and livestock farming, constructing children’s villages, schools and medical clinics as well as providing homes for many of the thousands of children in need.
At the heart of every SCI village is the family structure. SCI believes that when orphaned and vulnerable children are placed in a loving family environment, with a mother and siblings who love them, the children find a place that they can call home. SCI villages will incorporate outdoor spaces with sports fields and landscaped areas that allow the children to play and develop their social skills. At SCI our aim is to create an eco-friendly environment for these children, raising them to become leaders who bring sustainable change to their nation and beyond. To make this possible, SCI is implementing better ways of building sustainable and cost-effective homes and villages by harvesting rainwater and using solar energy.
Good Parent’s Heart Volunteer Programs.
Through a program called Good Parent’s Heart Volunteer Program, Couples from Church will commit themselves to becoming father and mother figures and positive parent role models to a specific SCI home. They visit whenever they can to help the children with their homework, to play with younger children and to disciple the older boys. Join us here, Donate
Make a difference today. Sponsor a Life.
By God’s grace, SNC is raising transformational leaders, who will impact positively every sphere of society, reforming our homes, communities and serving as a model for the nations.
When you partner with SNC through the sponsorship program Save a Child International (SCI) Program, you agree to make a regular contribution that enables SCI to rescue abandoned infants, to support the loving mothers who care for the children.
Although mothers who are newly registered into SNC-SCI’s program are quickly available for sponsorship, it usually takes time to connect a sponsor with a mother – often several months. Sponsorship Plus helps bridge the gap between bringing a child into the program and generating sponsorship support for their care. There are always new mothers and children who do not have sponsors who will benefit from this support. Sponsor A child Today.