Save a slum child

Welcome to my page

My name is Joseph Loling, and this page is about helping underprivileged kids in my neighborhood - the Masese 3 slum in Jinja City, Uganda.

You can read more about me on the sub-page "About me"

On the sub-page "My charity", you can read a little about why I do this, how I do it, what you can do as a donor / sponsor, and what I can do for sponsors.

On the sub-page "My neighborhood" you can see pictures from the slum where I live, and on the page "Sponsorkids" I present some of the kids from my neighborhood, who are badly in need of help to get out of their desperate situation.

Below is a short introduction to my world. Please read it and consider if you can help me and my neighbors in any way.

Welcome to my world

The houses in my neighborhood are built from wood and clay, and covered by corrugated steel plates. The walls are not strong enough to support a door.

When you can't lock your door, you can't leave valuables at home when you go to work - and opening a bank account is very expensive in Africa. Once you have ended up in a slum, it is thus virtually impossible to save up money or accumulate wealth in any way...

The houses have no electricity or plumbing. The "sewerage system" consists of open ditches, that lead the waste to the nearest river.

With roads like these, shoes is a "must-have" to protect your feet from injury and avoid severe infections.

In Uganda it gets dark around six o'clock every night - so those kids who go to school, have very little time to study before it gets dark. Most houses are lit up by kerosine lamps - but kerosene is expensive, and the light is not very bright.

Left: our toilet - a hole in the ground. Right: our bathroom - with no running water.

To get a job in an office, you must have a white shirt and a pair of long trousers - and to go to school, you must have shoes and a school uniform.

However, with sanitary installations like these, it is difficult to maintain good hygiene and keep your shirt white / your school uniform clean.

If born in the slum, you are thus likely to get little or no education, and when you grow up, it is difficult to get a job that pays enough for you to get out of the slum.