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Grandparents caring for young children

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Abstract: Action for Children (afc) defines orphans and vulnerable children (ovc) as those who have lost one or both parents due to aids or any other cause, and all other children who are in a life-threatening environment caused by poverty, which predisposes them to abuse and neglect. Uganda has 2 million of the 12 million orphaned children in Africa. In 2001, afc carried out a baseline survey in the preurban areas of Kampala, to investigate the support systems for ovc. The results were interesting, revealing that over 75 percent of these children lived with their grandparents. With support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, afc started the Grandparents Action Support (gas) project, to strengthen the capacity of grandparents as caregivers for ovc. The project also supported the establishment of community-based ecd centres and pre-primary schools.
Authors: Nyesigomwe, L.
Country: Uganda
Category: Practice
End Page: 44
Serial number: 109
ISSN: 1387-9553
Volume: November
Journal: Early Childhood Matters
Keywords: children , ageing persons , HIV and AIDS , aid programmes
Language: eng
Organization: Bernard van Leer Foundation
Year: 2007
Region: East Africa
Right: © 2007 Bernard van Leer Foundation
Subject: Culture, Society and Religion
Start Page: 41
Title: Grandparents caring for young children