More than half of the 152,984 children aged 0 -17 in Luuka district are living in situations that present significant risks to their physical, emotional or mental well-being and compromise exercise of their human rights and realization of their human potential. Children vulnerability is related to a wide range of factors, including poverty, orphan hood, weakness of family structures, child labor, disability, and lack of access to quality healthcare, hence orphans and vulnerable (OVC).
The OVC situation in Luuka district is pathetic with 73.9% living in poverty stricken households while 71% are faced with food insecurity. An estimated 31.6% of children have suffered some form of child abuse such as sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation resulting into actual or potential harm to the child’s health.
Harmful cultural practices and pervasive gender norms put girls and young women disproportionately at risk for gender-based violence (GBV). Many children are exposed to violence often at the hands of individuals responsible for their protection and well-being (parents and guardians, teachers, and even law enforcement officials). This is particularly the case for children with disabilities, who face additional vulnerabilities including exclusion and denial of services. Ensuring a supportive environment to OVC is critical for them to realize their full potential.