Kids Club Kampala’s Ewafe Project supports children who have been abandoned in the slums of Kampala. Ewafe, which means ‘Where We Belong’ in Luganda, is supporting children who have been abandoned through providing for their immediate needs and their long term welfare. The project offers emergency help and a safe place to live, while also working toward reuniting children with their relatives or finding permanent foster families for them.
Every year in Uganda, hundreds of children are abandoned, orphaned or live alone. Uganda has limited social welfare resources and children unfortunately suffer as a result. Abandoned children in Uganda are often housed in remand homes, meaning that these vulnerable children are being housed with young offenders which puts them further at risk and effectively punishes them for being abandoned. Kids Club Kampala aims to ensure that children who have been abandoned are well cared for and have a safe place to go.
The Ewafe Project home provides emergency shelter for abandoned children who urgently need a place to stay. This home is a temporary solution as the long-term aim of the Ewafe project is re-integration. Our social workers are working hard to trace abandoned children’s families, rehabilitate traumatised children, and find foster families for them, where necessary.
Through placing children who have been abandoned in loving and caring families, their needs are taken care of and they can have a bright and hopeful future, receive an education and escape the cycle of poverty. Through engaging with struggling parents and reducing poverty within communities, Kids Club Kampala aims to see families become increasingly able to deal with adversities and receive support when needed in order to ultimately reduce the number of children being abandoned in Kampala.