The death of a parent is one of the biggest losses a child can experience. Bereaved children are at greater risk of being depressed, withdrawn, and anxious; they also often experience low self-esteem. Emotional and psychosocial support given to such children can help them cope with their losses, and view the world from totally different perspective.
One of the core Ashinaga Uganda activities is our Care Program, which provides children with psychological support. The program takes place on Saturdays, and is held about 40 times a year. Each year a total of approximately 2,000 children participate.
The Care Program offers various activities, such as the sharing of life stories, group sessions, presentations, and games. Through the Care Program, children learn how to cope with their losses and other problems, as well as how to develop themselves.