Stopping child abandonment in Uganda

by Kids Club Kampala
Play Video
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda
Stopping child abandonment in Uganda

Our Ewafe project provides children who have been abandoned with a safe place to live, but the long term aim of this project is to reunite abandoned children with families.

Imagine spending Christmas without your family. Imagine losing contact with your family and not knowing where they are, whether they miss you, do they love you or wonder where you are? This is reality for many children and young people in Uganda and we want to change that.

IMG_20170904_155924.jpg

We believe that every child’s story should be listened to and investigated. Once a child is rescued many institutions make no effort to search for answers to a child’s story and aim to keep these children in long term institutionalised care. We believe that this is wrong and we know that long term institutionalisation can have detrimental effects on a child’s development and well-being. Children need to live in families and should not be separated from them unnecessarily when it is possible for them to go home and for the whole family to be supported as a unit.

This year our Ewafe project has so far reintegrated 16 children back with their families. This means that families that were once separated due to poverty and desperation are now reunited and supported towards a bright future. Our social workers work tirelessly to try to search for and find families for children and this year, just in time for Christmas 7 children will be going home to families for good. These children will be receiving their best Christmas present ever, their own family back together again.

ewafe new 1.PNG
ewafe new 4.PNG

We love to see children leaving our emergency care home and going back to loving families. Family care is the best possible environment for a child and it’s so important that children of all ages have a loving family to rely on.

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Some exciting developments have been taking place at our Ewafe project Home for abandoned children! Thanks to a generous grant, building work on a brand new kitchen and dining room are underway! For the last few years, the kitchen at the Ewafe Home has been a temporary wooden structure that houses charcoal stoves. This makes it difficult to cook and to prepare food safely, especially during the rainy season. Children eat their meals on the porch outside the Home which is not ideal. Not to mention the pesky goats who often come and steal the children’s food when they are eating!

Having a proper, well ventilated and secure kitchen is vital for storing and cooking food hygienically. With increasing numbers of children coming to our Home, it is really important to have a well-functioning kitchen and dining area. This brand new kitchen means that food can be stored, cooked, served and eaten in a safe, clean and hygienic environment, whatever the weather. 

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Kids Club Kampala is bringing hope and love to vulnerable children in the slum communities of Kampala, Uganda. Whilst working with these communities for over 10 years, our local staff and volunteers discovered that many children were coming and telling us that they had nowhere to go, had become abandoned or had run away from abusive situations. To respond to this problem, we started the Ewafe Project in summer 2013. 

Ewafe means ‘Where we belong.’ Kids Club Kampala aims to ensure that children who have been abandoned are well cared for and have a safe place to go, and ultimately end up within a loving family.

What does the Ewafe project do?

It prevents: Our staff and volunteers work within communities to respond to needs, to help prevent family break-up, and to reduce poverty. Whether that be through supporting a mother to gain a sustainable income, supporting a child’s education or preventing a family from becoming homeless.

It rescues: The Ewafe project Home provides an emergency place for a child to stay when they have become abandoned. Children receive shelter, clothing, medical care, food and support.

It rehabilitates: We provide counselling, support and guidance to children who have gone through the trauma of separation from their family or who have encountered abuse.  

It reintegrates: All children have the right to grow up in a loving family. Our social workers trace children’s family members and works towards family reunification. We aim to place children back within a safe and loving home wherever this is possible. If this is not possible, we look for foster families to provide a loving family for that child.

It supports: The Ewafe project continues to support the child and their family towards a successful future. Whether that be through sponsoring their education or providing food and clothing.

Over the past year the Ewafe project has successfully reintegrated 8 children back with their families and has helped to prevent family separation and breakdown for many more. And just this week we successfully reunited another abandoned child back with her family! We love to see children going back home to loving families and our aim is to successfully trace, reunite and support more children and their families.

However, it is not always an easy process. Finding out where relatives are living is not always straightforward, and travelling to search for families can be costly. We need your help. Please donate and help us make a big difference. 

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Kids Club Kampala is bringing hope and love to vulnerable children in the slum communities of Kampala, Uganda. Whilst working with these communities for over 10 years, our local staff and volunteers discovered that many children were coming and telling us that they had nowhere to go, had become abandoned or had run away from abusive situations. To respond to this problem, we started the Ewafe Project in summer 2013. 

Ewafe means ‘Where we belong.’ Kids Club Kampala aims to ensure that children who have been abandoned are well cared for and have a safe place to go, and ultimately end up within a loving family.

What does the Ewafe project do?

It prevents: Our staff and volunteers work within communities to respond to needs, to help prevent family break-up, and to reduce poverty. Whether that be through supporting a mother to gain a sustainable income, supporting a child’s education or preventing a family from becoming homeless.

It rescues: The Ewafe project Home provides an emergency place for a child to stay when they have become abandoned. Children receive shelter, clothing, medical care, food and support.

It rehabilitates: We provide counselling, support and guidance to children who have gone through the trauma of separation from their family or who have encountered abuse.  

It reintegrates: All children have the right to grow up in a loving family. Our social workers trace children’s family members and works towards family reunification. We aim to place children back within a safe and loving home wherever this is possible. If this is not possible, we look for foster families to provide a loving family for that child.

It supports: The Ewafe project continues to support the child and their family towards a successful future. Whether that be through sponsoring their education or providing food and clothing.

Over the past year the Ewafe project has successfully reintegrated 8 children back with their families and has helped to prevent family separation and breakdown for many more. And just this week we successfully reunited another abandoned child back with her family! We love to see children going back home to loving families and our aim is to successfully trace, reunite and support more children and their families.

However, it is not always an easy process. Finding out where relatives are living is not always straightforward, and travelling to search for families can be costly. We need your help. Could you donate, fundraise or volunteer you time with us? Together we can help more abandoned children to grow up in a loving family.

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
We want every child to be loved and nurtured
We want every child to be loved and nurtured

Since our last report in the New Year there have been exciting developments with the Ewafe Project. We are half way through building our Ewafe project home and pleased to say that this building project is going well. It is amazing to think that just 6 months ago the site was just a bare piece of scrub land, and now we have a building with foundations and walls! Photos that Olivia took whilst visitng the home are attached in this report.

Following completing the walls, our next fundraising step is to raise the money to put a roof on the building. We are very excited to announce that on Saturday 03 May, a special fundraising concert is taking place in London, at St Luke's Church Kentish Town, specifically for this! The ‘Raising the Roof’ concert is hosted by Michael Kiwanuka, and Marcus Foster, Beth Rowley, Stokes William and CJ & the Birds are also performing. Tickets are £25 and can be purchased at www.musicglue.com/ewafe-project. Please come along, spread the word and invite your friends! We hope it will be a great success and make a big difference in the lives of many abandoned children in Kampala.

Our hope for the Ewafe Project home is for it to be a safe place for abandoned children to live whilst we either find their family members or foster families for them to live with. It will also be a place for children who are at boarding school to stay during their school holidays. We want every child to have a safe, loving and nurturing home and family to belong to. This home will help with the short term immediate issues we are faced with when an abadoned child first comes to our attention, offering them somewhere safe to stay where they will be looked after. 

We want to say thank you to everyone who has donated and supported this project. The project wouldn't be where it is now without all your support, so thank you for making this all possible!

The Ewafe Project Team 

Olivia visiting the Ewafe Home
Olivia visiting the Ewafe Home
Work's underway on the Ewafe Home
Work's underway on the Ewafe Home
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Kids Club Kampala

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands - United Kingdom
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @kidsclubkampala
Project Leader:
Kids Club Kampala
Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom
$12,056 raised of $24,200 goal
 
156 donations
$12,144 to go
Donate Now Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.