Amatsiko is a registered community based organization (CBO) operating in South- Western Uganda, Kabale District, Kigezi region. The idea for the project was initially conceived in 2005 by Alex Atuheire, the project director, after he saw the detrimental effects that being orphaned or vulnerable had on the future of the community's children.
It is estimated that there are over 2 million orphaned children in Uganda. With more than 38% of Ugandans population living below the poverty line, 62% of children under 18 are living in absolute poverty.
Malnutrition constitutes a great threat to the health of these orphans and needy children in Uganda with 38% of children reported stunted with little or no improvement in recent years.
1 in 5 children are undernourished and 2 in 5 children are malnourished (Makerere University, Dr. Dorothy Nakimbugwe, June 2011).
A child dying before reaching one month of age has been recorded as 29 out of every 1000 children born in Uganda (Makerere Research 2011).These health indicators paint a bleak picture for children whose mothers may be young and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infection, have died in labour, or have been orphaned by AIDS.
62% of children under 18 years are living in poverty
There are 2 million orphaned children in Uganda
38% of Ugandans live below the poverty line
1 in 5 children are undernourished
2 in 5 children are malnourished
29 out of 1000 children in Uganda die in one month of birth
Mothers die from HIV/AIDS infection
We guarantee that at least 85% of money donated to the project will be used to directly benefit the children that we support. The remaining 15% will be used for the running costs and overheads of the project. Read More
Amatsiko Preparatory School
The Amatsiko Preparatory School was established in 2013. During the community participatory conference and community mapping, the community opinion leaders, district stakeholders and Amatsiko organization; It was noted that the major causes of deaths, insecurity, thefts and other crime related activities in the area was by mainly the idle children.