When the HIV/AIDS epidemic struck in the 1980s, Uganda was one of the countries hit most severely. During the height of the epidemic, over 30 percent of the country became infected with the virus. Since then, the road to eliminating HIV/AIDS in Uganda has been an uphill battle. The country is heralded as a global success for their reduction of incidence rates in the 1990s and 2000s, boasting a 6.4 percent incidence rate in 2005. Despite this success, the crisis continues, and many Ugandans still experience the effects of AIDS every day.
Many children became orphaned because of the epidemic, and often the girl-child would become primary caretakers for their families. Because of this, these girls must stop their education. Beautiful World, a Toronto based non-profit, helps women and girls in Uganda whose lives have been affected by AIDS by giving them higher education scholarships.
Beautiful World believes that education is the key to a better life. Access to higher education helps women and their families get out of poverty, by providing them the ability to earn a higher income. Women who have received a higher education are also more likely to have fewer but healthier children and ultimately have safer reproductive lives. For this reason, Beautiful World provides comprehensive scholarships to women and girls not only in Uganda, but also in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
As the HIV/AIDS incidence rates in Uganda and other African countries continue to disrupt families lives and dreams, Beautiful World’s mission is more important than ever. By providing girls higher education scholarships, Beautiful World helps them escape extreme poverty, have access to better resources, and have more control over their own lives—all of which ultimately helps reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS. Click here if you are interested in learning more, or contributing to Beautiful World.