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.
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..
Last week a fantastic group of young people from Bow in East London took on a Slum Survivor challenge - sleeping outside in a makeshift slum to raise money for Kids Club Kampala! Tim, one of the young people, tell us about his experience here..
Our research volunteer Rachael has just come back from Uganda and has been investigating the results and impact that Kids Club Kampala's Education and Feeding project is having in three different slums.
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.