EDUCATE the next generation.
Opportunities for education in third-world and developing nations pale in comparison to the United States and other Western outfits. 75% of Ugandan children, for instance, do not finish primary school (Grade 7). 30% of Ugandan adults do not know how to read. These statistics, while eye-opening, don’t have to be the norm. Children can attend school for an entire year for as little as $150 in some cases. Helping to provide quality, Christian education is one of Man Up’s strategies for breaking the generational curse of fatherlessness. An educated, entrepreneuring mindset in the hearts of children who are grounded in the love of Christ will increase opportunities for job and familial stability not otherwise afforded them.
The success of the Bethel Junior School in Jinja, Uganda, is a perfect example of what can happen when we take education seriously. In 2011, zero children from the community of Masese were being educated at Bethel. As of 2016, more than 120 are enrolled on full or part time scholarships due to the financial generosity of those associated with Man Up and Go.
In addition to educating the next generation academically, health education stands as a significant obstacle in the fight against fatherlessness. Aids has left over 1,000,000 orphaned children in Uganda alone since 2012, and that’s just one of many in the developing world. Access to health care facilities is almost non-existent in rural countryside areas, and much superstition about the origin of disease and their remedies still exists. It’s our conviction that increased availability to general health clinics can increase a child’s chances to reach age 5 by over 50%. Treatable diseases like HIV and malaria can be managed, and with this management comes increased awareness about preventing the spread of disease.
In 2015, the Kerith Health Clinic opened its doors in Pallisa, Eastern Uganda, in large part due to financial support garnered from those who believe in the mission of Man Up and Go. It’s our prayer this clinic, whose goal is to self-sustain by summer of 2017, will serve as a model for other clinics in the region. When adults and children have access to and education of best health practices, we can significantly increase the number of family units.