Since 2014, Phoenix Orphanage Organization has been taking care of neglected and vulnerable children in Zigoti, a small town of approximately 6000 inhabitants in the center of Uganda. Their goal is to provide these children with a home, food, medical care, and access to an education, since their parents have died, disappeared, or are too sick or poor to do so themselves. Currently 45 children between the ages of 4 and 17 are being supported by the NGO – 25 girls and 20 boys.
Phoenix Orphanage Organization is primarily utilizing existing structures in town as well as involving the local community in their daily work. All children are enrolled in primary and secondary schools within the county, where they receive lunch and are being looked after during the day. In addition, the organization has partnered with a local doctor, who checks the children’s health on a regular basis.
In order to avoid long distances for time and safety reasons, the organization is currently renting rooms within walking distance of the schools. While these are less than ideal conditions, it has been serving as a housing solution up to date- the long term goal is to purchase a piece of land in order to build a permanent home for the orphans, where the children would have more space and interaction space. Health risks could be minimized through more space, sanitation, an own water well and the possibility of an overall cleaner environment.
The current costs break down to 261,00 Euros per child and year, and include:
– Housing (Rent)
– School tuition & -materials
– Medical treatments