This project will provide basic social safety net (food, education and health care support) to orphans and critically vulnerable children hailing from 60 households in Nyakwae sub-county of Abim district in Karamoja sub-region of Uganda benefiting at least 200 children as direct beneficiaries. This will enable these children to stop engaging in exploitative casual labor works in their quest to meet these basic needs thereby helping to uphold the dignity of these disadvantaged children
Yearly an average of 500 children 10-17 years of age move away from Nyakwae sub-county to other sub-counties within the district due to high levels of poverty and hunger strikes. These children are always exploited by host families and ill-minded individuals who make them work for very long hours doing heavy works that are harmful to their health/safety and at times abused sexually; with little or no pay in return. To change these, we will empower 60 households homing 200 vulnerable children
Using cash based approach, the project will provide basic safety net (food, education and healthcare support) for 200 children as an immediate remedy within the first one year, while engaging 60 caregivers and/or guardians of these children through training in micro-enterprise ventures, growing of drought resistant and fast growing crop varieties, post harvest handling practices, encourage saving culture through village saving and loan groups to enable them sustainably support these children.
The project will diversify livelihoods of 60 households inhabited by the target 200 orphans and other vulnerable children to build their resilience to shocks, improve child well-being for them to live a dignified life.