Equipping disadvantaged people with skills through health and adult literacy to pursue a wholistic life
Our Uganda team has been busy all through this COVID-19 pandemic, working online from our homes during the strict lockdown, continuing to develop and manage our programs, and supporting our village literacy and the health program. Now that we are able to visit our villages and literacy teachers in person, with social distancing measures, we have distributed nearly 400 face masks to our learners and teachers, all of whom had never handled one before. Our weekly health talk radio show is reaching tens of thousands of people every Thursday night in the Kapchorwa region, with great call-in sessions each week, and a special focus on what people can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and dealing with the many false rumors in rural areas.
Meanwhile, every village we have visited has told us they are dealing with a domestic violence crises during this stressful lockdown, even directly affecting our literacy classes. DCI is developing an urgent intervention program designed to address this issue at its root causes. Stay tuned for more.
Adult Literacy Education
Many people have never been able to go to school, keeping them in a cycle of poverty. They could not access education because of its cost, and some, especially women, were denied school because it was deemed a waste of time by their families and their culture. But new realities require knowledge to get ahead, let alone survive. DCI’s adult literacy program gives these people & their families a second chance at life, equipping them with the ability to read and write, to speak the national language for the first time, to understand their rights and responsibilities in society, to develop their faith, and to run profitable businesses.
Prevention is better than cure. It’s also cheaper and easier. Poor health affects entire communities, dimming their outlook and crippling their economic possibilities. Poor health is a primary factor in the cycle of poverty. But many people get sick and don’t know why. DCI provides a health education program to schools and to their surrounding communities, as well as radio health talk shows, helping people to understand the causes of sickness, and then to change their lifestyles.