What we do
A society in which vulnerable people are empowered to achieve their potential and contribute to the development of the community
Our mission is to Restore Hope and Transforming lives of orphans,disabled person,elderly and OVC people in Northern Uganda.Provision of quality and appropriate education to generate a productive and self reliant children from war torn area.
Social Justice and Equity - We will work with other individuals, cooperation, CBOs, NGOs and Governments sections to promote equality, dignity and a more just society especially with children in a poor and marginalized community.
Gender and Diversity - We will work to promote gender equality and diversity in designing our policies, programmes and in the allocation of resources.
Accountability - We will hold ourselves accountable to the highest level of ethical behavior and responsibility for actions, while maintaining integrity and Transparency in our performance.
Collective Action and Responsibility – We will be guided by our Mission and Vision to promote joint action toward Self-sufficiency , cooperation and solidarity among POCP’s Members
Unity in Diversity - We will promote unity amongst our members while celebrating, respecting, recognizing, and preserving diversity in the all sectors.
Participation – We shall at all times aspire towards full, equal and meaningful involvement of our members and beneficiaries in the designing, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of our policies and programs on child development at all levels including decision making.
Voluntarism and Service above Self - We shall at all times be primarily motivated by a compulsion and commitment to uphold child rights and a philanthropic spirit to serve the under privileged and children’s interests.
With faith in our mission; we will be guided by these core values in all POCP’s transactions with community members, employees, partners,
- To empower food security and social economy for poor and marginalized person
- To develop the capacity of a child to identify and meet their needs to participate fully in society.
- Preaching the gospel and taking evangelism to communities
- To advance knowledge through the provision of educational materials,career,live skills and other related activities
- To help improve the position of women, youth, elders, disabled person rights and vulnerable person’s in decision making and management within local communities .
- To undertake activities that will help relieve poverty, disease and distress among children from socially and economically disadvantaged communities in Northern Ugand
Pader Orphan Caring Organization activities include;
- Mobilization and sensitization
- Capacity building and institutional development
- Psychosocial support and counseling
- Income generating activities, food security and mutual support
- Networking with related Organizations among District, National and International level
- Education for the orphans, the needy and youths
- Health care for the Community and children
Our target audience are:
- Orphans, needy and Vulnerable Children,
- HIV/AIDS victims,
- Dropout of school girls and boys,
- Disabled person and land mine victims
Pader Orphans Caring Project is currently carrying out its activities in Acholibur, Latanya and Puranga Sub County, Aruu County, Pader District.
We are affiliated to Deep Heart Ministries
- Child sponsorship programme.
- Church planting
- Agriculture (food security and nutrition for orphans and elderly)
- Peace/conflict resolution
- Psychosocial support/counseling
- Promoting sport
Care and Testimonies from Abductees
It was raining hard. We were sheltering from the rain when some armed people surrounded our hut. I was with my father. They ordered me out and tied my hands behind me. Then we started to walk towards the bush. They did not bother about my father. They just left him there. He was paralysed with fear. He couldn't say anything. We walked for several days and nights in the bush, only stopping to eat. There were a number of other abducted children with us. Some of them were from my school.
A few days later, we were joined by a bigger group. Some uniformed commanders were leading the group. We continued walking towards
I wanted to escape but I couldn't, because I did not think I could find my way back through the bush. He untied me when I said I wouldn't do it. He then gave me a bag of millet flour to carry on my head. Another commander then rubbed some oil on my chest. He said the oil had some magical powers. "If you try to run away you will trip and fall. You will not reach where you are going. And then we will catch up with you and kill you," he said. I didn't believe him. I knew he was only trying to scare me.
"We were told to chop the body into smaller pieces"
On the way to
A few days later, a commander called me and said he had a special task for me to carry out. He was carrying a newborn baby. He placed the baby in a large wooden mortar, the one we were using for pounding grain. He gave me a heavy wooden pestle and ordered me to start pounding. I was afraid to do it, but I did as I was told. I knew I would be killed if I didn't. All the boys in the group had been forced to do something similar. I knew the baby's mother. She was one of the captives. She screamed when she saw what I was doing. The commanders beat her up so much, and told her to shut up. But they did not kill her. They told me to continue pounding until they were satisfied the baby was dead.
After some weeks, they started to trust me a little because I always obeyed their orders. They were no longer restricting my movements very much. They gave me a gun and taught me how to use it. But we were still being watched. I decided one day to escape. I slipped into the bush and walked for many hours, avoiding open places. I didn't know which direction I was going, but I kept on walking. When it became too dark, I crept into a thick bush and slept. I found a UPDF military detachment in Kitgum the following day. I reported there. I was told I was in Kitgum district. A few days later, I was brought to this centre. They have been very good to me.
"I am constantly disturbed by what I did in the bush"
But I am constantly disturbed by what I did in the bush. I dream about it all the time. Sometimes I hear voices saying things to me. "There is work waiting for you in the bush," the voices keep telling me.
"Pound faster... faster...harder," other voices keep saying.
In the night I dream of the same things. I fear to go to sleep because of nightmares. I want these dreams to stop tormenting me. I want them to go back home and continue with school.