This project provides mental and psychosocial support to 300 vulnerable youth in the slums of Kawempe, Uganda. The project will target youth who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect, or other forms of trauma. The project will provide individual and group counseling, as well as psychoeducation and skills training. The project will also work to create a supportive environment for adolescents in the slums, by providing activities and opportunities for social connection and community building.
Kawempe Division, characterized by its densely populated slums, is home to a significant population of vulnerable youth facing a myriad of challenges, including poverty, violence, limited access to education, and inadequate living conditions. These adversities significantly impact the mental health and psychosocial well-being of adolescents in the community. Approximately 30% of youth in Kawempe's slums exhibit symptoms of depression, which is significantly higher than the national average of 15
The project will train HCWs to screen, identify, and refer adolescents with depression to CFU Medical Center. CFU Medical Center will provide individual/ group counseling for 300 youth. The identified cases will receive care, training on stress and emotional management, as well as psychoeducation and skills training. The project will also work to create a supportive environment for adolescents in the slums, by providing activities and opportunities for social connection and community building.
The project will support and improve the lives of 300 youth and their families, and it will also help to create a more supportive environment for adolescents in the slums. The project will have a positive impact on the families and communities of the youth involved, which would help to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems, and it could also help to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, and hence more families will be able to seek help for their children