Odudui community is located in Arapai Sub-county approximately 12 kilometers from Soroti City, and approximately 336 kilometers from Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. Arapai sub-county has an estimated population of 41,600 people with over 4,000 households. Odudui specifically has a total number of 6,384 people.
The economy of Odudui, like the rest of the country, is predominantly dependent on subsistence agricultural production. Odudui communities depended mainly on livestock for cultivation. However, civil strifes and cattle rustling by neighboring Karamojong warriors over the subsequent years caused disturbance to the economy of the area. The household assets like oxen/cattle were either destroyed or robbed. There was massive displacement of people and loss of property and lives. The recovery from the effects of insurgency has been very slow.
A partnership with the Odudui CarePoint will allow the children to continue to grow physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
About the Community
- Leadership: The Odudui CarePoint already has a local team in place, lead by James Odongo.
- Hazards: Odudui, just like any other sub-county in Soroti district, is prone to a variety of hazards, including water shortage, land conflicts due to population pressure, high illiteracy levels, child exploitation /abuse, high school dropout, environmental degradation, and food insecurity.
- Education: Social and cultural practices of Odudui community also affect the children’s education. Education is prioritized for boys, and girls often drop out of school due to teenage pregnancy, sexual harassment, and early marriages. In addition, a significant number of girls help with household chores. There is also limited access to education for marginalized groups including children with special needs.
- Health: Diseases like the HIV/AIDS, which have claimed the lives of many, have also affected Odudui, leaving a number of orphaned children in the community. The children who are born with the virus are the ones who suffer the most, since sometimes they have to take medicine on an empty stomach because there is little or sometimes nothing to eat and this is a threat to their health.
- Water and Sanitation: There is a challenge of inadequate clean water sources in the area, which has caused many people to move for longer distances in search for clean water and those who cannot manage to move for long distances like the elderly and the disabled, are forced to use the unsafe water which has affected their health.
How many Friendships are available?
How many other partnerships are there at this CarePoint?
What does a partnership consist of?
Unlike traditional child sponsorship models, the Friendship Model reframes our perspective on child sponsorship by reducing the perpetuation of paternalism. It also helps frame the perspective that financial support has a broader impact on the community and is not focused on only the individual child. Learn more about the Friendship Model.
out of 300
$113,400 per year
If 70% of the children are supported, there would be minimal to average ongoing programming.
We would establish an annual plan; with people and resources needed; a community leadership team; Friendship Model relationships; discipleship; educational, nutritional, and medical support (varied, basic); monthly reporting; and some training for youth, parents, guardians.
out of 300
$162,000 per year
If 100% of the children are supported, there would be full programming with regular discipleship, nutrition, education and enhanced medical support
There would also be ongoing social/emotional support; available funds for “Succeed Initiatives” such as income-generating activities, and revenue-generating activities training; seed money; cultural celebrations; additional training; and ongoing impact reporting.
Nutrition: Ensure that children receive a nutritious meal – initially, two times per week – to fortify the diet of students and, thereby, improve their learning and school performance. In three years, we plan to increase this up to five times per week.
Health: Improve the quality of the health and nutrition of the children attending to the CarePoint. This will help them increase their attention span in class and improve their school learning.
Discipleship: Teach practical areas of life such as identity, health, community and economics, all of which are based on Biblical principles so that each child recognizes their own responsibility in seeking a life of dignity and purpose.
Education: Help the educational process with a tutoring program during after-school hours. At the same time, we want to involve the parents in the educational process. To accomplish this, we want to conduct three training sessions during the year where qualified people will be invited to share with parents about the value of education. We will integrate technology in the learning process and new school regulations are issued, giving the children access to internet, printing and photocopying materials and access to a tablet to download their homework.
Monthly gifts from your community members through the Friendship Model will support the regular activities of the CarePoint; however, these gifts do not cover all programming needs. We often request funds to support medical, education, and nutrition needs to supplement things like medical emergencies, higher education costs for some students, and even special nutritional support.
*estimated costs over 10 years
Projects & Fundraising
For each CarePoint and community, a formal Community Profile and Risk Assessment will have been completed by our staff before we begin programming. Those factors, with the vision and dreams of the community, are combined to form a comprehensive plan for this community over time. Every project cost that has been listed will be evaluated with a formal proposal and evaluation when it comes time to fundraise and implement the project.
Land and Fencing: $20,000
CarePoint Facility Construction: $34,287
Income-Generating Activities: $54,287
Capacity Building/Mentorship: $20,000
Our intent here is to provide a brief overview of the ideas and vision for this community that are hoped to be realized while we continue to work, train, and implement effectively. The items and estimations in here are based on historical programming and project costs, in similar areas (if applicable), archived over time, in the country and are subject to change. Every project cost that has been listed will be evaluated with a formal proposal and evaluation when it comes time to fundraise and implement the project.
One of the most exciting aspects of a HopeChest partnership is the opportunity to visit your CarePoint community! HopeChest does not host traditional mission trips. Rather, “partner visits” focus on traveling to your CarePoint community with the goal of building meaningful and lasting relationships. HopeChest offers both virtual and in-person travel opportunities. Learn more about partner visits.