Why is the support of a child in Uganda meaningful

75% of the population doesn´t have adequate access to health care

61% of the people have insufficient access to drinking water

100 000 children are HIV positive

The support in Uganda is sent directly to destitute children and orphans from the northern part of the country. We endeavour to be their comfort, furnish them with love, care and acceptance, see to their health, upbringing and education. Thanks to your help, these children have hope for a better life.

What do we support


Food and water


Whom do we help

We support children in more than 20 schools as well as HIV-positive children from a centre in Adjumani established by Slovak Catholic Charity. Without the care of the centre and the provided medicine, they would not have a chance to survive.

Goals and activities of the centre

The social workers of the centre assist children with their homework and preparation for final exams. The centre holds numerous sporting events and competitions. They offer a wide range of free time activities such as jewellery making, painting and model making. They plan trips during the holidays. The children help with ordinary housework in the centre such as dishwashing, watering plants, assisting in the kitchen. Thanks to these activities, children learn about their responsibilities. The centre has its field, where they cultivate the land and grow vegetables together.

Margita Kačányiová, coordinator
My name is Margita Kačányiová, and I have been working in Africa for over eight years. Together with SKCH, we established the project in Uganda. I worked in South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. I secure the overall process of Children’s donation project.
Catherine Riria, assistant coordinator
My name is Catherine Riria, and I am from a local tribe called Madi. The centre is located in the area of our tribe. As a nurse, I worked in South Sudan and presently in this centre as the principal nurse. I take care of children's health and assist the coordinator.

Goals and activities of the centre

The Health Initiatives Association (HIA) has been operating in Uganda for five years and is successfully improving not only health but also the social situation of the local community. HIA currently operates the John Paul II Children's Clinic in the area of Buikwe. In 2016, HIA managed to build and move to new clinical and administrative premises with the assistance of Slovak donors. We provide our little patients not only with treatment and health services, but we also take care of their families. If a child is orphaned or disadvantaged, we can support some of them in the form of paying their school fees.

Barbora Šilhárová, coordinator
I have been working as a doctor on development projects since 2010. As an employee of the Department of Medicine and Social Studies, I have been working in various countries like Uganda, Tanzania, Lesotho and South Sudan. Since 2012, I have been working on the project of John Paul II Children's Clinic under the management of Health Initiatives Association in Buikwe, Uganda. The project is dedicated to the comprehensive care of HIV-positive children and other vulnerable groups in terms of health, social security and welfare. The project is under my supervision as the primary doctor and director.
Marián Holubčík, coordinator
I have been working on the project of John Paul II Children's Clinic since 2014. I changed my previous position at a bank for voluntarily work of the Finance Director and Administrator of the project for HIV-positive children in Buikwe. I am the head of the Administration and Finances, as well as the Social Program. I supervise four social workers who are working on the Children's donation project, households monitoring and nutrition security of families.