Caring for 0-8 year Olds
Sunshine Urban Foundation gives children and youth in poor urban communities in Uganda what every child/youth deserves – a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When disaster strikes, we put children’s needs first. We advocate for and achieve change for poor children and youth and their families. Join us.
Early Childhood Care and Education:
Education is an investment for children to reach their full potential in life. Yet many poor young children in need around Ugandan cities do not get a quality Early Childhood education where they can learn and develop. To advance early learning opportunities, Sunshine Urban Foundation supports preschool programs for children in the classroom and at home in poor urban communities.
- We support the provision of safe child friendly spaces in target communities.
- We train teachers to engage their students through more effective teaching practices.
- We provide schools with Mother Goose preschool curriculum
- We coach parents and caregivers to help their children learn early on, so they are prepared to enter school.
- We offer ways for parents and community volunteers to get children reading and doing math outside of school hours.
- We introduce children to the power of artistic expression — drawing, painting, music, drama, dance and more — to help them heal, learn and do better in school.
- We make sure that children don’t stop learning during a crisis, and we help to keep children healthy so they don’t fall behind or drop out.
Health and Nutrition:
Good health and nutrition helps children grow up and reach their full potential. Sunshine Urban Foundation works to improve health and nutrition of mothers, newborn babies and children, with special attention to poor and vulnerable communities. We work in hard-to-reach and impoverished slum communities, as well as with families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Adolescent Reproductive Health:
In urban settings, child-bearing risks are compounded for adolescents, due to increased exposure to forced sex, increased risk taking and reduced availability of and sensitivity to adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) services. In poor urban communities, family and social structures are often weak and educational and social services are not often expensive for the poor urban population. Adolescents can become sexually active when few protective services are available, and girls especially are vulnerable to sexual assault and exploitation. Such risks increase their vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortion. At the same time, adolescents in poor urban settings will have similar needs and desire for SRH information and services as their peers in non-urban settings.
Sunshine Urban Foundation mobilizes youth and provides training for teachers and peer educators to foster participation in activities that increase knowledge and create safe environments for the promotion of positive lifestyle choices. Through youth clubs established non-formal and government structures as well as communities, Sunshine Urban Foundation implements activities focusing on Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) with particular emphasis on life skills training for HIV/AIDS. Youth clubs hold debates, put on dramas and plays and sing songs addressing important health issues for adolescents. Clubs also organize sports and recreational activities and financial literacy education is offered.
Youth Financial Literacy:
Sunshine Urban Foundation gives youth the skills to succeed — like building their savings, teaching them how to manage money, and get a job and/or build a business.