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.”
Life for women in developing countries can be extremely challenging, not only are women faced with extreme poverty but they also have to fight through social and cultural barriers. Many women face immense difficulties just because of their gender, this means that women and girls are susceptible to poverty, abuse and isolation.
Whether you like fancy dress, cycling or trekking to the highest mountain in the UK we have something for you. Whatever challenge you decide to pick the team at Kids Club Kampala will support you every step of the way.
We recently caught up with three of our most recent Carpentry Project graduates to find out how the course has impacted their lives.The Kids Club Kampala Carpentry project began in 2015 in Katanga slum. Since then the course has trained two intakes of students and a third cohort are currently in training. The students are taught every day for the year long programme by a skilled carpenter.
Friday 12th January was our annual Teens Conference 2018. Every year we hold a day-long conference for all of the teenagers that we work with and this year was bigger and better than ever!
What a year 2017 has been; there have been lots of great times and some difficult times too. We have once again been overwhelmed by the amount of support received, and want to thank everyone who has helped us to bring hope and love to vulnerable children in Kampala’s slums this year.
Our social workers work tirelessly to try to search for and find families for children and this year, just in time for Christmas 7 children will be going home to families for good. These children will be receiving their best Christmas present ever, their own family back together again.
1 in 3 children in Uganda have no food to eat during the whole school day and more than ¼ of children under 5 years old are affected by stunting due to malnutrition. In an increasingly interconnected world we are producing enough food to feed all the people on the planet, yet food inequality is rising.
This year, why not give a gift that makes a real difference.. a gift of life to some of the neediest children in the world.
A sneak peak at some of our exclusive Winter Ball Auction and Raffle prizes! If you aren't able to make it to the Winter Ball yourself, you can place your bids on our various lots or you can purchase raffle tickets by emailing email@example.com.
Vanessa recently came from Germany to the UK to undertake an internship with Kids Club Kampala at our Head Office in Birmingham. She tells us about her interning experience in our latest blog post. If you are interested in undertaking an internship or doing work experience with us, then we would love to hear from you!
I have been working in Uganda for 10 years supporting children and families living in extreme poverty. Each time I think of the abuse, pain and suffering that the people there go though it breaks my heart. Life is so difficult for everyone but when I think of the young girls in particular it really cuts me to the core. The obstacles that girls have to overcome in their young lives simply for their characters and their life dreams to remain intact are overwhelming. It is with this in mind that I write today's blog.
Our UK Director Olivia reflects back over the last 10 years, her first visit to Uganda and her journey to founding Kids Club Kampala.
Becky's* mum wanted her to get married when she was just a teenager to help provide for her family. Becky came to Kids Club Kampala to see if we could help and we have been able to support her to go to school and support her family too. Read her story here..
A poem written by one of our teenagers shows the impact poverty can have on young lives.