Uganda has the unfortunate honor of having the largest orphan population, per capita, of any country in the world. Currently, it is estimated that Uganda is home to nearly 8 million orphans and vulnerable children. That means that twenty percent of the countries 40 million people are classified as an orphan or at risk child. Many of these orphans are refugees. During 2017 alone, Uganda hosted more than 1.4 million refugees, many of whom were fleeing violence and civil unrest in the South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Of these refugees, it is estimated that over 60% were children and most were unaccompanied by parents. At present, due to limited resources, it is estimated that one in every six children in Uganda die before reaching the age of five. The leading causes of death for children under five years of age in Uganda are pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria. All of these diseases are preventable with access to proper health care and preventable measures.
The Good Care (GCC) Children Ministry and Orphanage (Registration #80020000047040) was established in Mityana, Uganda seven years ago to help provide for some of the most vulnerable children. The GCC Ministry and Orphanage currently care for 46 children, some of which are HIV positive. The children range in age from 1 to 17 years old and to obtain clean water they often have to walk two miles to an open well. The orphanage currently needs donations for school fees, rent, medicine and water as well as clothes and shoes.