Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD)

The vulnerable families cannot stop thanking KIFAD UK for your financial support towards the establishment of the EDC. Thank you.” Josephine, KIFAD Staff member.

Why is there a need for KIFAD’s Early Childhood Development Centre?

It is estimated that in Uganda, there are 10.7 million children between the ages of 0-8 but that 4.7 million children live in poor households and over 3 million do not attend school due to poverty, engagement in child labour or the loss of one or both parents.

It costs between £300-£350 per year to attend school, and the costs of school fees, school materials and school trips are beyond the means of many vulnerable families in the communities served by KIFAD.  Children either drop out of education or cannot attend school in the first place. For further information, take a look at Key ECD Information 2019

That’s why, KIFAD identified the need to build an Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD) with the vision that all children up the age of 8 and their families, feel supported, respected, appreciated, safe and can grow and develop to their full potential.

What does the ECD do?

In 2019, the ECD welcomed 100 vulnerable children aged 3-8 where they are now learning and thriving under the care and supervision of facilitators. Activities held at the EDC include:

  • Early reading and writing
  • Story telling
  • Games
  • Dance
  • Singing
  • Sports

Thank you to Bob and his team for producing the ECD Highlights October 2019 report which shows how the EDC is bringing excitement, joy and learning to the community.

How have KIFAD UK been involved?

Your support allowed us to send £4000 to KIFAD in July 2019 which were used to get the EDC quickly up and running.  We will continue to raise funds to support the ECD because the positive impact of the EDC on families facing hardship and disadvantage cannot be overstated.

“It is a great pleasure to have an ECD in our community.  Thanks for all your efforts towards education in Uganda.”