Project Restore’s core causes are education, clean water, medical care and hunger. Read below to learn more about these causes, and click the links above to find out how we help and how you can get involved.

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Education

Imagine the United States if public education ended at age 13. Our social and economic worlds would be only a shadow of what they are today. Unfortunately, in Uganda this is the harsh reality facing many children. Education beyond the 7th grade level is not free, and most families are unable to shoulder the burden of tuition and other educational fees. As a result, the dropout rate for children has reached disturbing levels, in some areas as much as 90%. The transition from a free education to a tuition-based system effectively ends many children’s hopes of pursuing a better quality of life.

Clean Water

The world water crisis is one of the largest public health issues facing humanity today. Of the nearly 7 billion people on earth, roughly 1.1 billion lack access to clean, safe drinking water. It’s estimated that insufficient clean water accounts for 2.5 million deaths per year–90% of which are children under 5 years old.

Medical Care

Disease and medical issues are a common occurance in every part of the world. But for about half of the world’s population the threat of malaria is ever-present and deadly. Every year, 250 million cases of malaria are reported resulting in more than 1 million deaths. Malaria is a totally preventable and treatable disease, but to those without access to medical care, it becomes a serious problem. Malaria is especially prevalent in Africa, where one in every five childhood deaths is due to malaria complications.

HIV/AIDS also plagues Africa. While the prevalence of HIV seems to have declined slightly, it remains at an extremely high level (nearly 5% in Uganda). The effects have a widespread impact on society. AIDS has depleted the labor force, reduced agricultural input and food security and weakened educational and health services. In addition, the epidemic has erased decades of work to increase life expectancy and left millions of orphans to survive without a parent’s care.

Hunger

Nearly one billion people in the world go hungry or malnourished. Hunger is the most extreme form of poverty affecting developing countries and in extreme cases high-income nations including the United States. The effects of hunger go far beyond starvation and famine. People battling hunger often deal with chronic malnourishment, vitamin and mineral deficiencies that result in stunted growth, weakness and increased susceptibility to illness. Pregnant women, new mothers and children are the most at risk for undernourishment. Every day one child dies every five seconds from hunger-related causes.

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