The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

The International Day of Families has inspired a series of awareness-raising events, including national family days. In many countries, that day provides an opportunity to highlight different areas of interest and importance to families.

The central goal focuses on ending poverty, promoting shared economic prosperity, social development and people’s well-being while protecting the environment. Families remain at the center of social life ensuring the well-being of their members, educating and socializing children and youth and caring for young and old.

This Year, Kitara Foundation is mobilizing local and international communities, individuals and organizations to participate in saving vulnerable families in Kitara Region (Western Region) of Uganda. There are many ways you can help and you will be happy to know that your contribution is changing lives.

Common Characteristics of rural vulnerable families in Kitara Region of Uganda

  • Most families depend on subsistence farming. But with primitive tools and the lack of irrigation, fertilizers and modern farming techniques, their results vary.
  • Some families also raise a few cattle to supplement their meager income.
  • Low income levels mean that families usually can’t afford to educate their children, especially because school fees are high in this region.
  • Children who start school in primary one typically don’t make it past primary seven.
  • Parents often encourage girls to drop out of school and get married in their early teens to collect money from the groom’s family for the traditional “bride price.”
  • Sexual promiscuity among teens is a rampant problem, with 57 percent of Ugandan girls having their first sexual encounter before the age of 18.
  • As a result, there is a high incidence of HIV infection and babies being raised by poor, single teen mothers or grandparents.
  • Many families have malnulshed children due to underfeeding

Activities for this year;

Activities this year include workshops and conferences, radio and television programs, newspaper articles and cultural programs highlighting relevant themes.

Voluntary activities this year include;

1. Donation of houses to vulnerable families,

2. Donation of beddings and clothes to vulnerable families,

3. Donation of income projects like poultry, goats, piggery, bee keeping, and other agricultural projects.

4. Donating School fees and Scholastic materials to family children

5. Donate Food for the hungry family and its children

6. Donate hospital bills for a sick child

What can your donation do?

1. $13 can feed a hungry child for a month,

2. $154 can feed a child for a year

3. $26 can pay medical bills for a sick child

4. $130-$513 can pay for a child’s surgery and treatment

5. $130 can cloth a child for a year

6. $260 -$245 can educate a primary school child for a year

7. $245 – $1026 can educate a secondary school child for a year

8. $513 -$1026 can construct a house for a vulnerable family

9. $3846 can construct a children’s rescue home

10. $52 can provide a comfortable bedding for a child

11. $128- $256 can start a family income generating project

12. $145 can sponsor a one-hour radio sensitization talk show

How to Donate?

Contact Kitara Foundation to get the banking/money transfer details by calling or sending a Whatsapp message on +256392156562, +256752888149 or send an email at