Uganda is ranked among the top six countries in Africa in rates of depressive disorders, while 2.9% live with anxiety disorders. With the onset of COVID-19, these figures have gone higher.
Esteem, self determination, attachment, and identity issues are just some of the issues that Child’s i Foundation’s social workers address as they work with young care leavers.
Many young people struggle to fit in a society that perceives children who grow up in orphanages as spoiled and entitled. Grace shares that they are often seen as “children of muzungu”, which translates to “children of white people”, referring to the fact that most privately run orphanages are founded and run by White Westerners. This ties in with young people’s self definition getting distorted, and in many cases contributes to the feeling of being lost or feeling inner emptiness.