Homes are very
important for the well-being and development of young people. Many
young people in this country and all around the world are not cared
for by people who love them and think of their well-being. This may
arise for a great variety of reasons:
- Parents being
unable to look after children adequately
- Children leaving
home because of physical or emotional abuse
- Parents dead
In Uganda many
children are orphans due to the virus which causes AIDS. Many of the
children are also HIV+. Up to 40% of the population is infected with
HIV and in some villages it can be as high as 90%. 4 out of every
10 children born in one hospital visited by UK Scouts were said to
be born with AIDS. Many will all die before they are 5 years old.
Ask the Cub Scouts
to imagine what a tragedy it would be if half their school mates were
to die within a few years.
as normal life in Uganda and many other African countries.
Ask your Cub
Scouts to imagine what hard work it would be if their 14 year old
brother or sister had the job of caring for the family, earning money,
cooking food, paying for their education.
Many young children
in Uganda only know that sort of family life.