OVERALL CHILD POPULATION (under 18yrs)
% of the population
CHILDREN LIVING BELOW POVERTY LINE
% of the population
CONVENTION ON THE
RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
Million disabled children
Uganda has made impressive progress in poverty reduction and economic growth in industry, agricultural and service sectors in recent years, having overcome long periods of unrest and political instability.
Uganda’s children do not always experience the benefits of this growth. Girls who leave home to escape poverty and find new opportunities in the city can end up facing sexual exploitation and violence. ChildHope is working with them so that they can realise their rights to live in safety and access education and health care.
OUR GOAL: URHB is a registered NGO and was established in 1994 with a mission to improve the sexual and reproductive health status of high risk groups in Uganda. Its vision is “a prosperous generation, free from reproductive health risks”.
LAST YEAR WE HELPED CHILDREN IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS
What they do: In addition to direct service delivery (URHB operates a hospital in Kampala and two health centres in Bugiri and Kaliro districts), URHB also works with community networks and volunteers to build the capacity of families and local service providers to prevent and reduce sexual and reproductive health risks (notably HIV and AIDS) among highly vulnerable groups such as sex workers, truck drivers and fishermen.
URHB operates in a total of 23 districts (13 in Eastern, 7 in Central and 3 in Western), covering both rural and urban populations.
Poverty, gender discrimination, violence and abuse at home, in schools and in communities are forcing growing numbers of increasingly younger girls into commercial sexual exploitation. Many girls are attracted to towns with promises of education and a better life.
However, once in town they find a very different reality. UYDEL’s Critical Review of Literature on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Uganda (2011) revealed that 6,000 girls had been recruited into sex work since 2006, with the age of entry lowering to 13 years.
Organisational Goal: KICWA was founded in August 1998 by women from Kitgum District who were concerned about the plight of children who were captives of the Lords Resistance Army but managed to escape captivity.
KICWA established a reception centre in 1999 in Kitgum to offer rehabilitation, space for family members of returning children from captivity, trauma counselling and reintegration. This process put great committment on KICWA to implement broad based community reintegration programmes that support vulnerable children and young people affected by conflict in Northern Uganda through child protection, education and livelihoods security.
The project participants included vulnerable and marginalised children, including those born in captivity, children and young people with disabilities and child mothers. All were living in communities in Kitgum and Lamwo districts in Northern Uganda, affected by the conflict between Ugandan government forces and the Lord’s Resistance Army, where access to education and other services, including child protection services, have remained poor since the end of hostilities in 2006.
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