The 1moreChild vision is to see vulnerable children empowered and encouraged to reach their full potential.
We believe, that by providing their basic needs, education and strong role models, we can create an environment where the poorest children can grow and develop to become the future leaders of their society.
In 2008 Harry and Hen Ferdinando and Bosco Mukiibi joined together to form 1moreChild. Our focus is to help vulnerable children in the Jinja district.
There are roughly five hundred street children in Jinja mostly boys. A number collect scrap from the rubbish dumps and others beg on the streets. The girls tend to sort beans and charcoal in the market and dig in the rubbish dumps for scraps of food. They are nearly all from the Karamojong tribe from north-east Uganda and live in a slum village, Masese, just outside Jinja. Karamoja suffers from local conflict and severe drought. Therefore many of the children are orphaned and move south in search of food. Most of the children were attending school in the north, but now cannot afford to go.
Bosco has spent the last 12 years working with local street children. As an orphan himself, he has always been drawn to providing hope to such vulnerable children.
Harry and Hen moved to Jinja in 2008 where they soon got to know some of the street children. One of the first boys they got to know on the streets was Joseph. Whenever they gave the street boys anything he would always ask what about books for school? They thought he was just trying to get more money, but one day they enrolled him in a local school. Five weeks later was the end of the school year and Joseph had come 25th out of 178 children! Joseph gave them proof that helping these children could make a real difference in both them and their community.
Every Tuesday afternoon Harry and Hen played football with about 50 boys and then afterwards, gave them supper. After appealing to friends for support, Harry and Hen were able to send 35 street boys to school within a few months.
1moreChild now provides various levels of support for these and other children, ranging from assisting families with school fees to fully-managed homes.