Namugongo Fund for Special is a Community based Non Governmental Organization located in Kyaliwajjala Namugongo Wakiso district working with orphaned and other vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV reach their full potential through education, healthcare and nutrition.
NFSC was founded in 1986 caring for children with Special needs in Namugongo and surrounding communities. These children were sent to vocational schools, others were supported to access medical operations and/or devices to help them cope with their disability.
When the village became inundated by the death of many parents; Ms. Rosette Serwanga a native of Namugongo chose to turn her efforts to the orphans. This was after the death of her brother who passed away from HIV/AIDS complications in February of 2000 leaving his six children orphaned. In May 2000 she began the Breakfast Project feeding 60 children breakfast on their way to school. And in 2001 the NFSC opened a clinic in order to look out for the general health of the children and their guardians
Today, NFSC has seven (7) breakfast centers serving breakfast over 1000 children every school morning and providing after school programs every day except Sunday. Nakwero women’s entrepreneurship group, a soccer academy with over 90 boys and girls, ticket program in 7 centers which exposes children and their care takers to income generating activities, scholarship program and 2 clinics-one is located at Kyaliwajjala providing Opportunistic infection drugs to children and their care takers & NFSC-ART clinic located at Kimbejja offering free ART medical services and counseling courtesy of Children’s Aids Fund Uganda, Provide Family planning, Pre and Antenatal Care services, Home based couple counseling, immunization services under Izumi project from Nurture Africa. Through her programming effort, NFSC has contributed to the reduction of stigma toward people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the community.
NFSC’s vision is to create a community where every child has access to education, health services, shelter, clothing, adult supervision/guidance and a sense of belonging to a loving family.
NFSC’s mission is to ease access to education, health and & social services for orphans and other vulnerable children.
NFSC hopes to achieve its mission through advocacy and partnerships with the community, organizations and individuals with a similar vision.
- To become a model to be replicated in other villages.
- To support the community to take care of their own children, rather than sending them to orphanages.
- To make education and health care accessible to the orphans and other vulnerable children.
- To help teach the children morals, cultural beliefs, and other social values that will enable them become productive, acceptable citizens of their communities and country
- To make HIV treatment available to the children and their caregivers.
- To advocate for the rights of the orphans and other vulnerable children.