Approximately 2.5 million children live in institutional homes in Uganda/. 90% of these children have a surviving parent or relative who can and willing to look after them, meaning that about 2,250,000 children are wrongfully placed in institutional care hence denying them of their right to a family.
Children grow well in families and every child should be given an opportunity to a family. Through families, children develop a sense of identity and belonging.
Our model of Rescue, Rehabilitate and Reintegrate aims at providing counseling and support to overcome trauma as our social workers
search for immediate and extended family members and where possible put
in place reintegration plans to bring these children home. In cases
where children are not able to be reunited with their immediate or
extended families we want to be able to provide community foster
families and ensure that their physical and spiritual needs are taken care of.
Through Wettu we have re-integrated over 180 children with their families and continue the campaign of adopting a model that looks at family unification than institutional care.
PLATE 4 A CHILD:
Light a candle Uganda believes that feeding is an important aspect in a child’s growth and development. The kind of food a child eats today will have a striking impact on his/her health throughout adolescence and adulthood. Proper nutrition is a MUST for the betterment of children.
Plate 4 a child is designed to provide nutritional meals to children and sensitize families and communities on the need to provide proper foods for their children
Each weekend we provide feeding to approximate of 200 children across various Centers and have reduced malnutrition cases among the children. We also distribute food baskets to children and communities at large.
LET’S TALK YOUTHS:
About 53% of Uganda’s population is below 18 years, approximately 2.5 million of the children have lost one or both parents due to war and AIDs. These children are our future and their upbringing will determine the fate of the country; we strongly believe that each child has the ability to make a difference and create a wonderful world.
Let’s talk youths, is a platform that brings youths together to discuss various topics and seek solutions to their daily challenges.
Our team reaches out to high schools and communities to provide counseling and guidance regarding HIV/AIDs, building positive relationships, menstrual health, Reproductive Health, Drug abuse and conflict resolution.
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
In 2013, the cases of domestic violence and school dropouts in the areas of Katanga and Acholi quarter was alarming. This was because fathers neglected their responsibilities of providing for the families and only resorted to drinking .The mothers tried so hard to look after their children but this did not yield much as they had no source of income. Children gave up school and joined their mothers in scrap and plastic collection and in quarries; there was no hope for these children. “But God had not given up on them.” The organization through community leaders offered training in bakery.
Women formed small groups and got training in weaving, beads and mushroom growing. Today these women are champions and bread winners in their families. Their children are able to attend school, cloth and feed. Through our loan schemes, many have managed to expand their businesses and offer training to other women in society; poverty and crime has reduced.
We believe women have so much to offer in ending poverty in our societies, WEP restored the lost hopes and created employment.
DISABLED BUT ABLE (DIBA)
Children with special needs have equal opportunities to experience the joy and love of our Lord Jesus. Disabled but able (DIBA) program is developed to give chance to special needs children to participate and share the joy of our activities.
Children are special gifts from God and regardless of their physical uniqueness we must protect them; they have dreams that we can help nurture and build. However, children with special needs often face additional barriers to participation in education and physical activities. They also lack programs that suit their needs and as a result, they hold back onto their abilities.
Our dedicated and committed team of volunteers meet up special needs children to share stories, dream and help provide therapy to the children. They also have games with the children to help them stay healthy and active.
Being active is an important part of every child’s health development. Physical activity helps children not only develop coordination but also plays a great role in social development. It enables the child to learn skills like working together, sharing and also taking instructions. DisabilityIsNotInability