Child-Headed Family Support

URF supports child-headed families that are facing difficulties meeting their basic needs such as: school fees, clothing, clean water, housing, basic household supplies, etc. Child-headed families are homes in which children have assumed the role of parent and child. Parents have died leaving the children with no one to take care of them. The children are forced to survive on their own.  We also support families headed by widows or grandmothers taking care of orphans. If you feel touched by their stories, please consider supporting them in any way you can.

You may choose to make a one-time gift to a child-headed household and there is no obligation to continue providing for the family. Alternatively, you may offer to sponsor the family on an ongoing basis. You may also want to pick out one child to sponsor and cater for that child’s educational needs.  If you want to send a package to a family, please let us know.   However small your gift is, it can make a difference in the life of an individual or the entire family.

Your family may also decide to develop a long-term relationship with a needy family in Uganda. Through this twinning relationship, the two families can share the love, joys, and sorrows experienced in their daily lives. This is an opportunity to engage in solidarity with families in another culture to share the riches of cultural diversity. You and your children will have the opportunity to correspond with children of the Ugandan family.

Impact: Three Homes Built for Child-headed Families
One for Deo, 19, Zaituni, 18 & Madinah, 16 all orphan students at Hope Academy and previously lived in a small hut. Second house is for Teresa an elderly woman with two grand children – Javira, 11 and Fred 7 whose parents passed away. The third house is for Nakachwa Rose, 15, a student at Hope caring for a sick mother battling AIDS.

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Newly Identified Families – 

Nalukowe Family: Four children: (Talemwa, 1.5 years; Ssemwanga, 4years; Kisolo, 5years; Birimuye, 9 years).Their mother died in may 2012 left the grandmother of 70 years with four children. The nine year old boy assumed the responsibility of taking care of the young ones and the granny. At the moment, the kids are not in school. They have a small plot of land to farm but is not big enough.


Nakafeero Family: Two children (Ssenyange and Kiyimba) living with granny. The parents died in 2010 and left the kids with the grandmother of 80 years. SSenyange and Kiyimba are responsible for their grandmother. They live in Bugonzi A village.


Nyintunze Family: One child (Kiyimba Persian, 14 years old) lives with his grandmother who is 85 years old. Kiyimba’s parents passed away. He dropped out of school when he was in primary three. They are peasant farmers.


Mukamusomi Family: One child (Lydia 12 years) lives with her grandmother of 70 years. Nakawuma’s mother is a disabled and her father died 10 years ago. Lydia goes to a public school at Bugonzi primary school .They are peasant farmers living in Bugonzi village.


Nalwoga Family: This is a family of six children living together (Safina, 4.5 years; Sulaina, 6 years; Ishah, 7.5years; Madia, 10years; Muhamed,13 years; and Muhamad, 16 years). Their father died of AIDS in May 2012 leaving the children to take care of their weak mother who is battling AIDS. The six children go to Kyetume primary school.


One of the homes URF has built for child-headed families