UUA Support for Every Child is Our Child
Over the past sixteen years, the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the UN (UU@UN) has been a generous supporter of the Manye Krobo Queen Mothers in Eastern Ghana. We've raised and donated $320,000 to the program and these funds have ensured that nearly 2,000 children were able to get at least a K-10th grade education, as well as healthcare.
In 2020, the UU@UN made the very difficult decision to cease our financial support of the Every Child is Our Child program. We have supported vital work over the years and made a huge difference in the lives of children impacted by the HIV/AIDS crisis. Because of new priorities based on the landscape and shifts in donor support, it's time for the UUA's involvement to end, but we celebrate what has been accomplished. We celebrate the opportunity to engage internationally as Unitarian Universalists.
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About the Every Child is Our Child Program
Since 2005, the UU@UN’s ECOC program provides school supplies and National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) health care cards to children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in Ghana. ECOC and the Queen Mothers work to further the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of increasing access to primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, improving maternal health, and combatting HIV/AIDS. ECOC strives to:
- Empower children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS through education. Attending school is not possible for many children who cannot afford the costs of materials and uniforms. ECOC addresses this by purchasing school supplies for them. While early schooling increases students’ opportunities for success later in life, it also has the benefit of limiting their involvement in risky activities that can increase their likelihood of contracting HIV. Attending school also allows students to build social support structures that are key to their emotional and mental growth, which many orphaned children lack.
- Lower rates of HIV/AIDS and AIDS-related deaths through health care access. ECOC makes healthcare obtainable to students and their caretaking families by purchasing health care cards for them, keeping people infected with HIV/AIDS safe and healthy, and instilling greater awareness of personal healthcare measures in the community to reduce the spread of HIV in the future.