An estimated 1.76 million children in Uganda are engaged in child labour. Many are trafficked from villages to the city through "auntie schemes" under the guise of education. Instead of being placed in school, they end up as domestic workers, living and working in exploitative conditions. These children suffer from physical, mental, and sexual abuse and often work up to 73 hours a week. This program gives 100 child domestic workers hope for a better future through education.
At Nile Vocational Institute the children will enroll in a training course of their choice. Options include brick laying and concrete practice, carpentry, electrical installation, plumbing and sheet metal work, motor vehicle mechanics, business studies, tree planting, veterinary assistant studies, catering and hotel management, nursery teaching, textile art and design, and cosmetology. Other benefits include access to social workers, recreational activities and health education.
After completion of the program each child must pass exams to earn certification, which opens up doors for work in the formal sector. The graduates have access to a program officer who advises them on business strategies, a credit and tool lease scheme, and an entrepreneurship program. Together this results in job creation and self-employment. They become agents of change in both their own families and for the community at large, thus preventing other children from falling into exploitation.
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