We currently have projects in three countries; Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya. We are working to raise funding for projects in other parts of Africa.
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa and bounded to the south east by one of the world’s largest lakes, Lake Victoria. The current population is estimated at around 32 million and is home to many different ethnic groups, none of which make form the majority of the population. Some 50% of the population is aged 14 or below and life expectancy is around 52 years. Approximately 5.4% of adults are living with HIV/AIDs
Uganda is heavily indebted and its economy is based on agriculture which employs over 80% 0f the workforce. With a GDP of $1,300 per person (c.f. UK $36,700; USA $47,500) it ranks it 204th in the world. It is estimated there are 5,000 street children in Kampala.
Ethiopia lies on the Horn of Africa and has a rapidly growing and diverse population. Rapid population growth, urbanisation and migration are all straining the government’s capacity to provide people with basic services. The current population is estimated at 85 million with 46% aged 14 or below. Life expectancy is around 55 years and about 2.1% of the population are living with HIV/AIDS
Ethiopia has a fragile economy based on agriculture which provides 60% of GDP and 80% of employment. With a GDP of $900 per person (c.f. UK $36,700; USA $47,500) ranks it 214th in the world.
It is estimated that, nationally, there are 150,000 street children, with a further one million vulnerable or at risk of ending up on the streets.
Kenya lies on the equator in East Africa and has common borders with Ethiopia and Kenya. It has a population of 29 million of whom some 42% are aged 14 or under. Despite recent economic growth nearly 25% of the population live on less than $1 per day and years of drought have had a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of children. This combined with a rise in inter-tribal violence and the HIV/AIDS pandemic has resulted in an increasing number of child deaths, injuries and displacement. Kenya has the 10th worse prevalence of HIV/AIDS worldwide amongst their adult population; life expectancy is 57 years.
Tanzania lies just south of the equator and is well-known for the infamous Mt Kilimanjaro; the highest point in Africa. The country borders the Indian Ocean and 8 countries including Kenya and Mozambique. The current population is estimated at 47 million with 45% under the age of 15. Life expectancy is around 53 years and 8% of the population are living with AIDS/HIV; the 6th worst prevalence rate in the world.
Tanzania’s economy is heavily based on agriculture which accounts for 80% of the workforce. Despite recent economic growth Tanzania is still heavily indebted and is in the bottom 10% of the world’s economies with a GDP of $1,400 per captia. 58% of the population live on less than a dollar a day.
Nationally, it is estimated there are 437,500 children living on the streets.