The beneficiary grew up being taken care of by her parents who were also taking care of her school fees. Her father later died and the grandmother and aunt started taking care of her and her school dues. She dropped out of school after her grandmother died. The grand mother and her auntie used to pool money together with her aunt her school fees; her aunt could no longer afford her fees without any other persons support. As a result she started working in her aunt’s home at the same time helping at the hotel as a waiter in bid to raise school fees and go back to school. She also used to earn one thousand shillings (1000) per day which she used to save in the saving box for her school fees but it was not accumulating at all. She therefore could not afford to go to school.
Before Shakira was rescued from child labour as a domestic worker, she was staying with her aunt and working in her home as a domestic worker at the same time doubling work in a restaurant at the park yard. This simple restaurant is the overall source of livelihood for her aunt that she stays with. She had dropped out of school after the death of her grandmother who used to pool with her aunt some money and pay her school fees. Her aunt stays in Nkere zone in Makindye division. She started staying with her aunt who informed her that she needed her support to do domestic work and also to work with her in her restaurant as a waitress and in between as in order to pay her school fees. She started work in September 2013 and would work from 7:00am to 12:00am.
‘I badly wanted to go to school but as each day went by, I realised it was becoming hard because however much I tried to save the little money I earned, it could not become enough...I am happy I got an opportunity to get vocational skills training in cosmetology from PLA. It answered my prayer for wanting to go back to school’Says Shakira
Shakira works in a Saloon in Kamwokya near PLA offices. It has been easy for PLA to visit her, interact with her and the employer to find out how she is progressing.
Florence is a 15 year old who was working as a domestic worker at Nsambya west –Makindye division where she was faced problems of nonpayment and mistreatment.. She was She was referred to Platform for Labour Action (PLA) by one of our trained taskforce member(Community Volunteer) who works as one of the Local leaders in Nsambya west. Florence dropped out of school while in Primary one after her father’s death, her poor mother who was unemployed could not further her education and decided to abandon her at her auntie’s place in Mityana ,under claims that she was not receiving any support from the child’s paternal family.An old Woman called Agnes offered to stay with Florence in Kampala – Kibuli since her auntie had failed to raise her school fees.Life was comfortable for all the three year she stayed with the old woman Agnes but it unfolded when the old woman’s daughter named Namukas gave birth and the old woman offered Florence to be taken to Nsambya west so as to help out the new mother with domestic chores as she did not have any one around her during her maternity period.
She spent there spent seven months of unfair treatment where she was often physically and verbally abused and yet not paid for her services, this was all done under the disguise that she was so vulnerable to escape, on learning about the child’s torture, PLA intervened rescued her from child labour and mistreatment offered temporary resettlement at one of our trained taskforce member’s place, penalized the employer who compensated the child 500,000/=. PLA enrolled her in a Hair Dressing course at Kyebando Vocational training Centre, this has enabled her realize the right to education, which will greatly improve her livelihoods and also enjoy her childhood.
From Domestic work and Chapati Selling to becoming a Caterer.
Prepared by :Christine Tezikya
Minisa i is 15 years old. She was identified by Platform for Labour Action during the mapping exercise of exploited children under child labour in Makindye division, Kampala district. A former domestic worker and chapatti seller in Masajja- zone, Kampala district who dropped out of school after completing her primary seven (P.7) due to lack of school fees. Her parents are so old that they can’t support her to the extent that they depend on Minisa’s sibling. She stays with her brother who employs her, but receives her payment in kind in form of basic needs.
Minisa’s tasks involved waking up at 6:00am, do all the domestic chores and by 7:30am would be at the chapatti selling workplace. She worked for a period of 11 months without pay as the money was always sent to her parents in Mbale- Nakaloke village. While at work, she was over worked because she had to prepare dinner, wash utensils after selling chapatti then go to bed at around 11:00pm. She also faced a challenge of getting sanitary towels from her brother who did not see it as his duty to provide.
Minisa was withdrawn from child labour and placed at Kyebando Vocational Training Centre (KVTC) and enrolled on 4th April, 2014 to undergo a seven months training in Catering. She is now happy because she has skills in bakery like cake making , bread, donuts that she will use after school to care of herself and her parents.She is provided with living materials like tooth paste, soap, sanitary towels which were a challenge to obtain while at work. While at school, she also gets entrepreneurship skills that will help her in future business management. She further participates in Music Dance and Drama, sports like Netball during her free time hence enjoying a right to rest and play as a child.
Ms. Joan Nabbosa is 16 years old. She was referred to Platform for Labour Action (PLA) by Chandiru Zuena one of PLA’s trained peer domestic work coordinator following information received that the employers were shifting to another house without settling Joan’s wages. Joan is a former child domestic worker who dropped out of school in Primary six due to lack of school fees. Her parents passed away when she was still young. Due to lack of employment, a friend advised her to search for a job. It’s from then that her friend brought her from Gomba – butambala and got her a job in Ntinda in February 2013 as a domestic worker. During her first day of work, a meeting was held with the employer to which it was agreed that she will earn 40,000/= per month.
Her tasks involved taking care of 2 children as well as domestic chores. She worked for a period of one year and was only paid for one month. While working, she always faced mistreatment from her employer. The matter was brought to the attention of PLA to which we intervened and rescued her from this situation. Her arrears amounting to 520,000/= Uganda shillings including exploitation compensation of 50,000/= were settled by the employer. She was later resettled back to her auntie’s home by PLA in Wakaliga. Joan aspires to study a hair dressing course so that she is in position to earn a living. She will be considered for the vocational training course. Joan thanked PLA for securing her money because she was worried that she will never get it.
“Thank you for rescuing me from the lady who mistreated me yet I took good care of her children and house.” God bless you - Nabossa Joan’s words.
Deborah is a 17 year old girl who graduated in hair dressing from Nile Vocational Institute Jinja in March 2013.She is a former child domestic worker who dropped out of School in 2009 due to lack of school fees after her primary seven. After her father’s death, her poor peasant mother could not further her education dueto her low income. She decided to come to Kampala to find a job and only got a domestic work job. During her time of work, she used to do everything at home and could not rest. Through one of our taskforce members (Ms. Naluwu Magaret).
PLA identified her, rescued her and placed her at Nile vocational institute Jinjawhere she gained vocational practical skills in hair dressing. Presently she has a job as a hair dresser and she is the manager of the salon and the manager as well. She said that she earns a salary of 50,000/= a month and her meals and accommodation are fully catered .During our visit she says that “Unlike before, today I can afford buying basic necessities like clothes and basic necessities to look good”.
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