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Uganda's Orphan Crisis

Uganda faces a significant orphan crisis, primarily driven by the AIDS epidemic, poverty, and armed conflicts. As of recent estimates, the country is home to over two million orphans, a staggering number for a population of around 45 million. The AIDS epidemic has left many children without parents, while ongoing conflicts, particularly in the northern regions, have further exacerbated the situation. These orphans often face immense challenges, including inadequate access to education, healthcare, and basic necessities. Many end up in overcrowded orphanages or on the streets, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Despite the efforts of various NGOs and government programs, the scale of the problem demands a more comprehensive and sustainable approach to support these children and ensure their well-being and future prospects.

Ar-Rahman Orphanage, Sironko

The trustees of As-Salaam Foundation visited Ar-Rahman Orphanage in Sironko, Uganda in June 2024, the orphanage serves as a crucial sanctuary for many of the region’s orphaned and vulnerable children. Situated in the eastern part of the country, this orphanage provides not only shelter but also essential services such as education, healthcare, and emotional support. Ar-Rahman Orphanage is dedicated to creating a nurturing environment where children can grow and thrive despite their challenging circumstances.

The facility is often supported by donations and the efforts of local and international volunteers who contribute their time and resources. We at As-Salaam currently sponsor 24 orphans out of the 200 on role and contribute for half the food bill each month.

Through its commitment to the well-being and development of its wards, Ar-Rahman Orphanage plays a vital role in offering hope and stability to children who have lost their parents, giving them a chance for a brighter future.

The Challenges Faced by Ar-Rahman Orphanage

The orphanage is currently facing significant financial struggles and urgently needs resources and support. Specifically, the orphanage requires funding for the construction of two dormitories, one additional classroom, and a reliable water source. These improvements are critical to sustaining its operations and ensuring the children receive the care and stability they need for a brighter future.

A following monthly ongoing costs need to be achieved:

  • 176 x Orphan Sponsorship £20 p/m
  • 15 x Teachers Wages £120 p/m
  • Food Bill £550 p/m

The following one off items are urgently required and we ask for your support:

  • Quran’s £3.50 each
  • Clothing/Uniform £10 each
  • 20 x Teachers Chairs £15 each
  • 10 x Storage Units £45 each
  • Fans £50 each
  • 40 x Triple Bunk Beds £100 each
  • PC’s £550 each
  • Garden Toys £650
  • Large Exam Printer £750
  • Security Fence £1,000
  • Draining System £2,500
  • 1 x Additional Classroom £3,250
  • Water Well £4,350
  • 2 x Dormitories £5,500 each

We appeal to donors and well-wishers to support Ar-Rahman Orphanage in this crucial time, as your contributions can make a significant difference in the lives of these vulnerable children.

"The Prophet (ﷺ)"

"The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this", and he (ﷺ) held his two fingers together to illustrate. [Bukhari]


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