This project will provide an integrated resettlement scheme that will remove 200 karamajong women and children currently living and begging on the streets of Kampala city , skill them in custom-tailored income generating activities, provide the beneficiaries with inputs and help them market their products. The impact of this project will be to provide an alternative and viable means of a sustainable income for a better and dignified livelihood for the karamajong people and their children.
There are more than 700 karamajong women, girls and young children currently living and begging on the streets of Kampala city. Most of these people are trafficked to Kampala by illicit profiteers who take the proceedings from begging. Some of the children who are too young to talk or even walk have been turned into beggars . Most of these children are malnourished, have septic wounds and little to eat. Young girls have been raped and most are now child mothers to more homeless children.
This project will resettle these women and children back in karamoja. The adults and mothers will then be skilled in various custom-tailored skills like honey making, weaving, tailoring, artistry and ornaments making which has ready market in the karamoja region. Those with such skills will be provided with basic inputs to enable them produce as a source of income. The children will also be returned to Government -supported universal primary schools so that they can attain an education.
1.Currently, in Karamoja region, the school drop out rate is over 75%, the highest in the country. This project will help reduce this dropout rate significantly since a number of children will be facilitated to return to school. 2.Cases of early and teenage pregnancies and child mothers will be significantly reduced since most girls on the streets will be returned to school. 3. There will also be reduced levels of poverty among the karamajong due to improved incomes of the beneficiaries.