Winfred: An inspiration to usWe are incredibly proud that Winfred, a girl involved in our project with Ugandan partner ANPPCAN, has been nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize.
"These five nominated children are very brave since they are fighting for children's rights in their country every day."
Archbishop Desmond TutuChildren living in poor communities in Uganda are facing rising levels of abuse and violence from adults within their schools. This culture of fear can push children to drop out of school, reducing their opportunities to build a better future. ANPPCAN is working with children, communities and teachers in 50 schools to raise awareness of the damaging impact of violence in schools and prevent abuse.
Supported by ANPPCAN, Winfred has definitely taken up the challenge...As well as documenting cases of abuse, Winfred has established a counselling club and a children's court to settle disputes between children. And, to improve the school environment, she has also started a tree planting club.
At just 14 years old, Winfred has become a respected example within her community. What is particularly exciting is that Winfred's inspiring courage and initiative is shared by thousands of children supported by ChildHope. Their example motivates us to expand our work so that more children can make positive change; not just to their lives but to the futures of many other children too.