Stopping child abandonment in Uganda

by Kids Club Kampala
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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
Building work for the Ewafe Shelter is underway!
Building work for the Ewafe Shelter is underway!

Since our last update lots has happened for Kids Club Kampala and the Ewafe Project!

Back in August we bought 2 acres of land to build our Ewafe temporary home. The land is located in Bukalassi area, Luwero district, central Uganda. This is good, fertile land, approximately 45 minutes away from the Kids Club Kampala offices, with good local schools and access to public transport close by.  

This home will house children who have been abandoned and urgently need a place to stay while we either trace their families or look for suitable foster families to place them in. This home will also house the abandoned and orphaned children who are currently being sponsored to go to boarding school but have no where to stay during the holidays so have to stay at school. Abandoned children who are currently being fostered will not stay in the home as they will continue to live with their foster family and receive support from KCK. 

The house will include a girls dormitory, a boys dormitory, a bedroom for the carer/social workers and a lounge/communal area for the children. A more detailed breakdown of this budget can be provided on request. On this land we would also like to have a playground, a football pitch, and lots of open space where the children staying at the home will be free to play and enjoy being children in a safe environment. We would also like to place fruit trees and vegetable plants, so that the children have a constant supply of food and can learn useful skills in gardening and farming.  

Work has begun on building the shelter and thanks to lots of people's generous donations we were able to lay foundations for the building and start building the walls.

On Friday 22nd November, Mercury-prize nominated artist Michael Kiwanuka performed an exclusive fundraising gig for Kids Club Kampala. The evening was a great success, Michael showcased some new material, and we raised over £2500 for the Ewafe project!

Our next fundraising step is to riase £2,000 to finish building the walls and a further £8,000 to put a roof on the building. In total, the cost of building the shelter is £18,275. 

We have also launched a new video for the Ewafe project, explaining the vision for the project and highlighting the incredible impact the work of the project has already had on children's lives. Please follow the link to watch it. 

If you would like to know more about the Ewafe project, the plans for the Ewafe home or would like to know more about how you could get involved, please do get in touch.

We really do appreciate and value your support and from everyone on the Ewafe Project and Kids Club Kampala team we wish you a Happy Christmas! 

The Ewafe Project Team

KCK Sponsor Children
KCK Sponsor Children
Michael Kiwanuka fundraising gig
Michael Kiwanuka fundraising gig

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Thank you!

Since the EWAFE Project launched in June, we have seen some exciting developements. Through the Global Giving Gateway Challenge and so many people’s generosity and support, we have raised enough money to buy land and build an emergency shelter for children to be housed in until we can either reunite them with family members or find them a foster family. We are in the process of buying the land at the moment.

Sam, who is the Ugandan director for Kids Club Kampala has recently attended a CRANE (Children at Risk Action Network) meeting and also a Street Child Consortium meeting to seek advice and support from other NGOs working in a similar field. CRANE is going to support us in providing us with child settlement packs and provide much needed training for foster parents and carers. 

Project Impact Story:

Junior (aged 9) and Sarah (aged 12), two children who were abandoned back in March are now officially in the custody of Kids Club Kampala and one of KCK's volunteers, Juliette has volunteered to take care of them. The EWAFE Project is supporting Juliette and her family to take care of them, by providing food and other basic necessities. The love and support Junior and Sarah are recieving from being in a loving and caring family has been transformational. 

Juliette writes: 

"Before these children came to us at Kids Club Kampala, they felt unloved, uncared for and they had no sense of belonging. They didn’t seem like children, as this love and care was missing from their lives... Since being part of this project, the children have expressed their joy for now having a family, and they have regained hope for the future which they did not have before. They now no longer see themselves as children without a home or a family, they have re-gained confidence and self-esteem and they no longer see themselves as any different to other children who live with their biological parents."

Next Steps for The EWAFE Project:

Our main focus over this next month is securing the land purchase for the emergency temporary house and raising funds to build the home. The land costs £5000, which we have amazingly raised through the Global Giving Gateway Challenge and so many people’s generosity.

Our next steps are:

  • Purchase land
  • Raise £18,000 to build the house
  • Build the house
  • Buy furniture and items for the house
  • Find regular financial support for the on-going running costs of the house
  • Employ social workers to support the children, families and project
  • Build resources to support children to go to school

Our future plans are to:

  • Run regular parenting courses in all KCK centres
  • Increase the number of children being sponsored to go to school
  • Train more social workers to work across all of our KCK centres
  • Find teams from the UK to come out to specifically assist with the Ewafe project
  • Find regular donors committed to supporting this project
  • Start national advocacy campaigns in Uganda against child abandonment and promoting fostering and adoption.
  • Continue to pray, fundraise and promote this project

Thank you so much for your support in stopping child abandonment in Uganda!

The Ewafe Project Team 

If you would like to support EWAFE Project financially, through prayer or through other resources you think may help, please do let us know. If you would like to know more about the EWAFE Project and how you could get involved with supporting it from the UK, please email Emmie on ewafe@kidsclubkampala.org

Junior 3 months on
Junior 3 months on
Every child deserves a loving family
Every child deserves a loving family
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Kids Club Kampala

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands - United Kingdom
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