Sky Is The Limit Children’s Centre was established in 1996 in Fort Portal by local health worker, Rose Kabasinguzi Mugenyi. Fort Portal is typical of the many communities in Uganda struggling with unrelenting poverty and the devastating HIV/AIDS pandemic that has left a whole generation of already vulnerable children alone, without the care of their families and living in extreme poverty.
Sky Is The Limit supports children living with HIV/AIDS or who have lost one or both parents to the disease, by providing them with a home and an education in a safe, caring community. There are currently 45 children resident at Noah’s Ark, at Sky Is The Limit Centre. Initially Rose arranged for vulnerable children to attend the local school but found that they did not receive the support they required as many of them were HIV positive. Another challenge the children faced was that despite the provision of free anti-retroviral drugs in Uganda, there are long waiting times at clinics and the drugs are often unavailable. The Centre provides HIV positive children with the medical treatment they need as well as with professional counselling.
The school at the Centre provides education to resident children as well as to vulnerable children from the surrounding community, ranging from 3 to 14 years old. There are currently 350 children attending the school. In addition to formal education, the school gives children the opportunity to learn music, dance, drama, sport and agriculture in order to provide them with the necessary skills for future employment. Many of the children who have attended the school have gone on to train as professionals including teachers and social workers.
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With our support, Sky Is The Limit is currently able to provide all the children with a nutritious meal at break-time. Whether or not children are well-nourished during their first years of life has a profound effect on their health, ability to learn, to communicate, think analytically, while good nutrition is vital to those living with HIV/AIDS.
Sky is The Limit has a number of enterprises that help fund the running of the school and contribute towards the cost of caring for the children resident at the Centre. These include the Chosen Few Tailoring Shop, which employs qualified staff to teach vocational skills to some of the older children. The shop makes uniforms for local schools, hotels and guest lodges and has established a good reputation with local businesses. One of the first children to live at the Centre now manages the shop and also designs bags and textiles.
The Centre also manages a farm that has proved very successful over the last two years. As with the school and the tailoring shop, some of the older children are involved in the management of the farm, which provides nutritious food for the resident children. The farm also produces sugar cane and eucalyptus to sell for a profit. The children not only learn to grow food crops, plant trees and rear cows, goats, pigs, rabbits and chickens, providing them with important life skills, but they also benefit from the balanced diet it provides them.
Thank you to our supporters who have funded school meals for 370 children at Sky Is The Limit this year!
|The Bryan Guinness Charitable Trust|
The Paget Trust
|The Douglas Heath Eves Charitable Trust|
This has had such a huge impact on all of the children at Sky Is The Limit. So thank you!