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Introducing Uganda Care Leavers

By Mai Nambooze In 2016, BULA and our partner in Uganda, Alternative Care Initiatives (ACI), launched an amazing programme called ‘Ugandan Care Leavers’ (UCL). This programme aims to bring together, network and support those children, now young adults, who spent some or most of their childhood growing up in a child care institution (also known as orphanage, children’s home, baby home or children’s village.) BULA and ACI firmly believe that children belong in families and the research shows institutional care to be damaging to children, particularly for the younger children during the early years of development. Children growing up in institutions are more likely to suffer from poor health, physical...

10th Annual BULA Cocktail Party

Just this month, BULA held its 10th annual backyard fundraiser – The BULA Cocktail Party.  At its founding in 2007, this fundraiser served as the catalyst to BULA’s later success, becoming the pillar of BULA’s funding strategy.  Each passing year, it also serves as an opportunity for those committed to BULA’s work to get together and reflect on the years’ accomplishments.  Needless to say, it was a remarkable feeling to put on this event for the 10th time. Just as in years past, the generosity of BULA’s founding community flooded the event.  Scores of businesses donated raffle prizes, food, and drink.  Whilst enjoying those donated goods and the beautiful evening,...

“[BULA] makes me feel important and revived”

Along with BULA’s new look, comes a refreshed mission and a brand new video to reflect the exciting work underway. Over the past nine years, we have worked closely with a group of children in Uganda to ensure their access to basic needs and quality education. In that time, we have also done our very best to secure their rights to privacy as they develop into bright young adults. Now, with their permission, we are shining a light on the very youth who inspire our ongoing efforts to empower children and youth in vulnerable situations. Through their own words and experiences, let them show you how BULA’s efforts  – to improve their...

Home at Last

After supporting the education of orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda for the past 7 years, we have successfully resettled twenty-four children who lived in an institution for most of their lives.  Working closely with leading alternative care advocates like ACI Uganda and highly trained social w orkers, we have located family for nearly all of these children and reunited them on a permanent basis. BULA proudly continues to support their education and send these growing children and young adults to high quality schools.  We no longer support an orphanage institution, but instead support the children directly with a full time social worker.  The alternative care model, keeping children with...