At Kids Club Kampala we are passionate about upholding the rights of each child. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child contains 45 articles which outline the rights of every child. For example every child has the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to an education and the right to leisure and play. According to the UN there are approximately 150 million street children in the world who are denied their right to shelter and an adequate standard of living. The UN's figures also state that 57 million children worldwide are without education denying them the chance to learn and hope for a better future. The ILO estimates that 215 million children worldwide are involved in child labour and do not have the chance to leisure and play. Although outlining children's rights and educating communities about the rights of the child is important, the reality is that many areas of the world are simply too underdeveloped to be able to accommodate these rights. It is heartbreaking to find that the rights of most of the children we work with in Uganda are violated in some way, whether it be through a lack of education, sufficient nutrition or shelter.
We are doing all we can to provide education for those who need it most through our Education and Sponsorship programmes, we are tackling child hunger through our feeding and basic needs programmes, child abandonment and homelessness through our Ewafe project and we are providing a safe place for children to play through our Kids Clubs.
However, KCK also desires to see the communities we work in develop beyond their current circumstances. This means that in future we will see less children in need of support for their basic needs and more families and communities able to provide for their children self-sufficiently. That is why we run Community Development projects, empowering people to help themselves out of poverty, learn new skills and provide an income for their family whilst also bringing new opportunities to their area. KCK also runs a micro-finance programme allowing people to borrow small loans to set up their own businesses. Ultimately we want to see these communities transformed by their own development. We truly believe that the development of communities will improve the chances of children receiving all they need to meet their basic rights.
The popular African proverb which says, “It takes a whole village to raise a child” really is true. If a community is developed and has the necessary services available, it's children will have a much greater chance at receiving all they need to uphold their rights.