Road to Hope is one of PCAU’s programs under advocacy and awareness creation established in 2012 in partnership with Center for Hospice Care in Indiana USA. The program is aimed at supporting child caregivers to start or continue with education and psychosocial support. The children are identified in collaboration with palliative care practitioners especially in the rural districts of Uganda.
The program currently has 54 children from different regions of Uganda, in districts which include, Arua, Yumbe, Lira, Tororo, Butaleja, Jinja, Mayuge, Kamuli, Kaliro, Buikwe, Luwero, Masaka, Hoima, Kikuube, Kakumiro & Kyankwanzi.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Road to Hope children and their families holistically most especially in terms of education since schools were closed and reopened later with changes in reporting periods.
Amidst the closure of schools, Road to Hope children received homeschooling in their respective homesteads by professional teachers and monthly food/basic needs under support from Center for Hospice Care.
Currently, thirteen children on the program have reported back home after finalizing their national promotion exams (PLE & UCE). Of these, nine have completed primary level & four have completed their ordinary secondary level.
Children in primary six, primary five, primary four, senior one, senior two and vocation students are already back to school after a long period of time of school lockdown. Children in Primary three and primary two will be reporting in June 2021. They are currently still getting homeschooling.
The project has improved quality of life for Road to Hope children and their families, it has also promoted their health and sustainability during continuous waves of COVID19. We continue to appreciate the palliative care practitioners in the different districts that act as liaison between PCAU & different stakeholders, the Center for Hospice Care in USA and the individual sponsors of the different children that keep the Road to Hope program moving forward especially during the challenging times of COVID-19.