Recently, I’ve been reading some of the lovely letters written by the children in Uganda, talking about what their life is like and how Kids Club Kampala impacts them. Some of the letters describe daily life and some of the things the children enjoy doing. However, they really begin to paint a descriptive picture of what life is really like for these children and how Kids Club Kampala really does bring hope and love to these vulnerable children…
75.2% of Ugandan children don't complete their first year of primary school because of poverty. Non-Formal Education programmes, such as our Encouraging Education project, are vital to ensure children don't fall through the net and miss out on an education
Last week our UK Director Olivia took part in Small Charity Week's International Development Debate - should small charities have a role in international development? Read Olivia's summary of the debate, and her argument here.
Kids Club Kampala works in the slums in the very heart of Uganda’s capital city. So why are we talking about refugees? Kampala’s Slums are in fact unexpected cosmopolitan communities. When you think of refugees in Africa, images of big UN camps made up of tents and surrounded by fences may come to mind. However, in Uganda things are a little different.
We love to see children going back home to loving families and the long term aim of our Ewafe Project for abandoned children is to successfully trace, reunite and support more children and their families.
Kampala’s slums can be very dangerous and young boys, especially those who do not go to school, have very few options for engaging in positive activities. Our football project provides a safe space and a chance to gain self-esteem, new skills, teamwork and discipline, bringing hope for the future.
It's about that time of year again, challenge event season. Your friends, family members and colleagues are getting their running shoes out, dusting off their bicycles and starting to train. So why don't you take the plunge too?
Girls living in the slums of Kampala have limited access to clean water and have nowhere safe and private to wash. This means that girls have no privacy from family members or neighbours. They also do not have private toilets and must pay to use public long drops within the slum. This means that girls are literally choosing between feeding themselves and paying for sanitary items and the use of a toilet during their time of month.
What do you think of when you hear the words 'Social Worker?' Many of you may think of tired professionals, difficult decisions and turbulent families. You may also think of the system they work for, poorly funded, oversubscribed and badly organised. Social workers have their work cut out for them wherever they work.
This Christmas, most children in the slums of Kampala will not receive gifts or sit down to a huge Christmas meal like other children across the world. Could you donate just £5 to make a dream come true for one child this Christmas?
On Friday 11th November we are holding our first ever black tie Winter Ball. As part of this night we will be having an auction of exclusive items available to bid on, and all money raised goes directly to supporting the work of Kids Club Kampala in Uganda. If you aren't able to make it to the Winter Ball yourself, you can place your bids on our various lots by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello from Kampala!! What a year it has been since I last wrote an update on the carpentry project. It has been almost exactly a year to the day since Corrie and I ended our four months here. This time we are here for just over three weeks. At the time of writing this we are currently in our third and final week. So what have we been up to?
Research conducted by Jessica Peppiate for Kids Club Kampala looking into local attitudes towards childcare interventions in Uganda, showed that local communities viewed childcare institutions negatively. Reasons for this included not receiving feedback on the child, the child being separated from their family, the potential for corrupt practices and lack of proper care for children. Read on to find out more.
Sarah recently undertook a 5 week research placement in Uganda with us, looking into rural-urban migration and the effect this has on the communities we work with. She shares her results and key findings with us in this blog post..