Hundreds of children are abandoned every year in Kampala, Uganda. The Ewafe (where we belong) project is addressing not just the symptoms of child abandonment, but also the causes. We provide emergency help and care for children who have been abandoned; longer-term support and assistance to encourage local foster families to take in additional children; and are also putting systems and safety nets in place to prevent this problem from occurring at all.
Every year in Uganda, hundreds of children are abandoned, orphaned or live alone. It is a basic human right to have a family, and every child needs to be loved, looked after, and cared for. Being denied vital love, attention, protection and care during the early stages of childhood has detrimental effects on a child's future life, health, and well-being. We are making a difference by bringing hope and love into the lives of abandoned children and changing the situations they grow up in.
We provide abandoned children with emergency care packages and a safe place to live whilst arrangements are made for longer-term care within foster families from the local community. We also provide additional support for a foster family to take in and care for an abandoned child, training social workers to assist with this and sponsoring children's education. Finally, we put systems and safety nets in place to prevent future abandonment through parenting courses and income generation projects.
Through placing children who have been abandoned in loving and caring families, their needs are taken care of and they can have a bright and hopeful future, receive an education and escape the cycle of poverty. Through engaging with struggling parents and reducing poverty within communities we hope to see families able to deal with adversities and receive support when needed in order to ultimately reduce the number of children being abandoned in the communities with which we work in Uganda.