‘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.
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.”
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.
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.