With faith as my motivator, I realised that I wanted to commit to the challenge of serving a charity that bridges the divide for some of the most needy children in the slums of Kampala. My passion led me down the path to becoming a fundraising ambassador for KCK who are currently based in Birmingham.
Kids Club Kampala is excited to announce it has received grant funding from UK Aid Direct, to run a two-year project to increase access to quality non formal education for the most vulnerable out of school children in Uganda. UK Aid Direct, the Department for International Development The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is DFID’s centrally managed fund for small UK based not-for-profit organisations and it provides grants to organisations that work in priority countries to help enhance their capacity and efforts to tackle poverty and towards achieving the Global Goals.
With 2019 now in full swing, we thought we would take a little time to look back on some of our projects and how they got on in 2018. Our work falls into 4 main areas: Access to Education, Keeping Children Safe, Meeting Basic Needs and Transforming Communities. In this blog we will review some of the highlights from each of these areas from last year.
Lola* graduated from the sewing course a few days after this interview. It was great to see her excitement about her future. Lola* was one of the youngest graduates and she attended the graduation wearing a very stylish dress that she had made using the skills that she had learnt during this course. It was wonderful to see all the women beaming with pride because of their achievements.
Teenager, Jacob*’s future looked uncertain when his single mother became sick and lost her job at a tailoring company. Jacob had already dropped out of school and they didn’t know how they would pay the rent on their little place in the slum.
We are passionate about ensuring that every child is educated and that’s why the Encouraging Education project is so important as it gives children who cannot afford to go to school the opportunity to be educated. Together, we can empower the most vulnerable young people in Uganda to build a successful future for themselves through a quality education, even if formal schooling is not an option for them.
‘When I became sponsored I started studying hard. I know that if I had remained in the slum every day I would have become a thug, like those guys who steal women’s bags. Being around the slum everyday is not good for a child.’ 7 years ago Josh* was 10 years old and spending his days hanging around the slum without attending school. Now he’s 17 and has been sponsored to go to school through Kids Club Kampala’s School Sponsorship Programme. Read what he has to say in this latest blog.
This month our fundraising focus is to keep these Kids Clubs running and to be able to buy play equipment and resources so that the children can have as much fun as possible. These kids don’t have toys, games or footballs at home. If you would like to donate even a small amount to help us towards our target please follow this link.
I arrived in Uganda full of enthusiasm and passion, I had heard so many things about Uganda, the projects we work with, the Ugandan team and most of all the children. I had travelled to Africa before but I was excited to see what Uganda had to offer .
The most heart-warming task I did was scanning thanks letters from sponsored children and sending them to their sponsors across the world. When I read all the thankful words and colorful pictures drew by the children, I saw how meaningful the Kids Club Kampala project is and the positive difference the sponsors make to vulnerable children in Uganda. Reading the letters really inspired me to get more involved in helping vulnerable children to get an education as children truly value the opportunity to learn.
Over 80% of the children living in orphanages in Uganda have at least one living parent or family member, who are willing to raise them. Some children are being raised away from their families because of poverty not because they are unloved or abandoned. By becoming a family champion you will be helping to bridge the gap between parents and their children, we do not believe that poverty should be the reason why a child should be taken away from their family.
In Uganda, 3 out of every 4 girls will not finish primary school because of poverty, and 4 out of every 10 girls will be married by the time they are 18. Girls who do not have access to education may be forced to get married young or some of them may turn to child labour or prostitution.
Our Ewafe project co-ordinator was delighted with the result. She said: “We can now store and cook from one place, serve and eat our food in a hygienic environment which is a good health practice.”
A Family Champion is someone who decides to make a stand for families in Uganda and signs up to give £10 per month to help strengthen families. This support will make a huge difference to the lives of many children and families in Uganda. We need at least 20 family champions to give £10 per month, could you be one of them? CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
The 15th May is International Day of Families. We are big advocates for the family and we believe that children grow best in family units. Each family is different and may not look the same as the next. Whether a child grows up in a single parent home, a nuclear family or with extended family members or next of kin it is so important for children to grow up in a system and context where they feel they belong. Often when you hear of vulnerable children living in poverty in Africa, their families are left out of the story. This creates a dangerously simplistic view of caring for vulnerable children and often removes the emphasis of supporting families as a whole. Children are part of a wider context of family and community.
At Kids Club Kampala we welcome any monthly donation because we know that every penny makes a difference. In addition to this if you do choose to become a regular giver and you’re a UK taxpayer, you can boost your donation through Gift Aid, which is an income tax relief created to help charities get the most out of the funds they receive. The scheme adds 25p to each £1 you give at no extra cost to you, so every pound goes a long way.
Contrary to popular belief, most children do not end up in institutional care because of parental death. It is estimated that, globally, 85% of children in orphanages have at least one surviving parent. So why do so many children end up in orphanages, and why is institutional care still seen as the ‘best’ way to care for these children?
Finding children in these situations can be heart breaking but we it’s the success stories that keep us going, knowing that these children are now in safe and loving homes because of our Ewafe Project. In this blog we will highlight the stories of Joshua and Hannah from Kampala.
When we consider empowering women in Uganda we cannot ignore the cultural barriers which affect the progression that women can make . Culture has a huge impact on the way we perceive the world in which we live, in turn it can have an impact and how women are treated across the world.
“We are no longer the way we were. Before Kids Club Kampala came we had nothing, now we have skills. I know I will never go hungry because I know how to make clothes. It has reduced stress in my life and I am so grateful. Now we are empowered and know how to start up a business on our own. We are no longer striving, life is not so hard anymore.”