Education support
When orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) access education and skills, their chances of getting employment are increased hence better standards of living for them and their families.  Fifty primary school orphans and vulnerable children under the care of older persons received school materials and others such as uniforms, pens/pencils, books, toilet paper, shoes and lunch support. 

Fifty OVCs between the ages of 14-23 received vocational training in hairdressing, catering, mechanics, welding, nursery teaching and tailoring to improve their employability. Most of these OVCs had dropped out of school during their upper grades in primary education due to their inability to meet costs not included in free primary education package.  This reduces the burden on older carers, who are often unable to meet the educational needs of OVC.

A joint graduation party for the students was held and each student was presented with various start-up materials and equipments relevant to the new skills they acquired.
  • 12 students who trained in tailoring received the same machines and accessories they were using during the training period,
  • 20 trainees in mechanics received a tool box each containing tools, fixtures and screws.
  • 5 catering trainees received a cooking oven, frying pan, ladle spoon, cake tins and doughnut tins
  • 10 hair dressers received an assortment of various types of chemicals, shampoo, conditioner, hair rollers, towels and hair drier
  • 1 nursery school teacher – received school materials      

Our tailoring program.

Vacational toolkits for the graduation ceremony.
Students in our
tailoring program.


Case study 2

Nakyeyune Garetti, 16 years old, who was trained in tailoring is now earning at least 3,000ugsh (£1) per day. With this money she is able to meet some of the basic needs for herself and her ailing grandmother. The two depended on casual labour, a small piece of land behind their house and basket-making for their livelihood. She is planning to move her business from her home to the nearby market once a building currently under construction is completed. When the grand mother was interviewed, she said…”the support has made a big difference to me and my grand daughter. She has now a bright future and can provide all the basic needs in our house. The support was so timely when my physical condition has worsened. Thank you for the support”


Nakandi Christine, a 16 year old OVC undertook the hair dressing training course. She lives with her 6 other siblings and older grand parents. She said: “….at least I have some money to support my family. We relied on begging and neighbours and I had no future.  It was so degrading for all of us but now I thank GWN for the support. I can buy food, household items and clothing for my siblings. I have nice clothes for my self….”  On average she attends to 2-4 clients every day, earning herself approximately 6,000 -10,000Ugsh (£2-3.3) profit every week.



Vocational toolkits.

Charcoal oven for
catering students.
Catering students getting
on-the-job training.



Graduation ceremonies are community events. We have speakers, music, prayers, and
celebration as our students go forward to their futures.



Child Care Support and Protection Workshop for teachers
A one-day child care support and protection workshop was held. A total of 26 head teachers attended. The aim of these workshops is to enlighten teachers on issues related to the needs and concerns of OVCs living under the care of older people. The main topics covered included definitions of childhood, ranges of childcare provision, challenges in child provision, role of teachers, recruitment in childcare, challenging behaviours of children, responding to HIV/AIDS orphans and proposal writing.


The workshop enabled head teachers to acquire relevant knowledge on issues and problems facing older people and OVCs under their care. The teachers had improved understanding of and agreed to form associations within schools to deal with OVCs living with older people. In addition they agreed to set up income generating activities to support OVCs in their respective schools. Some of the proposed IGA projects included poultry keeping; vegetable gardening; planting of crops such as maize, sweet potatoes and cassava; music/drama and dance projects.


Counseling youth who are
living with older persons.

GWEN staff members facilitate teachers' workshops and seminars.


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