The Umbrella Foundation will be initially operating in the Republic of Uganda. This is an area, which attracts concern when it comes to human rights, living conditions, the role of woman and children in Uganda.
Child labour is common in Uganda. Many child workers are active in agriculture. Children who work on tobacco farms in Uganda are exposed to health hazards. Child domestic servants in Uganda risk sexual abuse. Trafficking of children occurs.Join Us
Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world. In 2012, 37.8 percent of the population lived on less than $1.25 a day. Despite making enormous progress in reducing the countrywide poverty incidence from 56 percent of the population in 1992 to 24.5 percent in 2009, poverty remains deep-rooted in the country's rural areas, which are home to 84 percent of Ugandans
Women in Work
People in rural areas of Uganda depend on farming as the main source of income and 90 per cent of all rural women work in the agricultural sector. In addition to agricultural work, rural women are responsible for the caretaking of their families. The average Ugandan woman spends 9 hours a day on domestic tasks, such as preparing food and clothing, fetching water and firewood, and caring for the elderly, the sick as well as orphans. As such, women on average work longer hours than men, between 12 and 18 hours per day, with a mean of 15 hours, as compared to men, who work between 8 and 10 hours a day.
Problems in Poverty
To supplement their income, rural women may engage in small-scale entrepreneurial activities such as rearing and selling local breeds of animals. Nonetheless, because of their heavy workload, they have little time for these income-generating activities. The poor cannot support their children at school and in most cases, girls drop out of school to help out in domestic work or to get married. Other girls engage in sex work. As a result, young women tend to have older and more sexually experienced partners and this puts women at a disproportionate risk of getting affected by HIV, accounting for about 57 per cent of all adults living with HIV in Uganda.
At the 2002 census, Uganda had a literacy rate of 66.8 percent (76.8 percent male and 57.7 percent female). Public spending on education was at 5.2 percent of the 2002–2005 GDP.
Schools for Children
In order to promote equality and availability of education in Uganda the Umbrella Foundation will also sponsor the cost of children into education, ensuring that the cost of such education is covered for the duration of their schooling, with a particular emphasis on schooling and education for females, therefore enabling them to undertake a higher level of skilled position than would otherwise be available to them. This will enable them to avoid the pitfalls of sex work and agricultural work and enable them to have a higher disposable income.
It may well be that some of these females move from their schooling onto an entrepreneurial programme, with the aim of starting their own business venture. The Foundation will liaise with the FCO and authorities on the ground in terms of movements and safe areas to travel to, as well as being accompanied by a security team where necessary. The Foundation will be non-political, nonaligned and play no part in any local, regional or national governmental campaigns nor show any political affiliation. The intention and mention of coordinating with the government was intended to be utilising known and named contacts to benefit the beneficiaries and ensure that those in most need are the ones receiving the attention.