Soroti a Child’s Battle Ground
We wanted to share why Soroti and the region of Teso are in need of your help! We are in a unique situation where we can create generational change in a region that is desperate for stability and hope. By providing clean water to children in Teso we are giving them the power to attend school and follow their dreams. But how much does the region of Teso need us?
Teso is in the north east of Uganda. It has a population of about 1.2 million people. It is divided into eight districts – Soroti, Kumi, Ngora, Bukedea, Serere, Kaberamaido, Katawki and Amuria. Currently, two thirds of the people of Teso are living below the absolute poverty line compared with 52% throughout Uganda generally. And 33% do not have access to a safe water supply within 1 km of their homes. That means the poorest families in Uganda are unable to battle poverty because they are so busy attempting to find the most fundamental need, water.
Just 10 years ago Teso became intimately involved in the Ugandan civil war between the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). As of September 2003 over 1.2 million Ugandans across Uganda were displaced due to the military activity from the LRA. Leaving the economy in shambles and forcing those who survived the heinous attacks to beg on the streets to support their families. In Teso alone over 240,000 people were displaced from their homes in a matter of 4 months time in 2003. At the time of the attacks Teso was stable and beginning to grow economically. However, the LRA’s mindless killing of civilians, looting, and abduction of children forced many Teso natives to move to IDP Camps (Internally Displaced Persons).
So here we are 10 years later attempting to rebuild and bring hope to a new generation of Ugandans. You can be a part of their resurgence as a people. The more stable they become the less susceptible they are to unregulated acts of violence and uncontrollable power grabs. Water is the key to bringing education and health to the people of Teso. In turn they will be able to grow, learn, and build a community that exudes love not war. Help the cause by buying your umbrella today: Support Ugandan Children.