Project #8927

Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education

by Platform for Labour Action (PLA)

At 14 years of age, Adengo was trafficked from Soroti to work as a domestic worker in Kampala on promises that she was to be educated by her uncle. ‘However when I reached Kampala they forced me to work as a domestic worker without pay’. I used to be over worked without rest and my daily schedule involved washing plates, cooking food, cleaning the house and taking care of children. It was through a task force member who introduced me to Platform for Labour Action(PLA) who were withdrawing children from domestic work and other exploitative labour. I was registered and later on enrolled at Nile Vocational institution in Jinja where I pursued a course in tailoring. I graduated in 2013.

Adengo is currently employed at cooper complex in Kampala city where she works as a tailor specialized in making bed sheets, design pillows and bed covers. I earn 30,000/= per week and she saves 10,000/= every week. I am able to pay 70,000/= for rent in Nsambya a Kampala suburb, send some money to my mother in Soroti for upkeep, pay for my basic needs such as food, clothing and I live a better life than before when I was a domestic worker. Participating in the financial management training which PLA did for all the former vocational training beneficiaries built my capacity with business and savings skills and I am planning to buy my own tailoring machine to start my personal business. I was also able to meet and interact with my former classmates and we have now become friends and we would like to create awareness in our communities on the dangers of child labour because it caused a lot of suffering for us. We thank PLA and all the donors for enabling us acquire education. 



Masika is a 17 year old hair dresser currently living in Munyonyo a Kampala Suburb with her mother. She was withdrawn from domestic worker where she earned  she was occassionly paid for her work. She was facilated to attend school enabling her to earn an education which has made it possible to better her life and also that of her family.

“My mother lost her job while I was in my senior one and since she was a single mother life was a challenge with no basic needs such as enough food, poor housing conditions after shifting from the house where we used to reside and above all I dropped out of school since my mother could no longer afford to pay for my school fees.” “I was taken up by a neighbor  as a domestic worker where I could wash clothing’s and also house keeping with a daily pay of 5000/= which I could give to my mother to keep or sometimes use to buy food. However after a month my mother delivered a message from a Pastor that an NGO called PLA was registering children for vocational training. This was a blessing to me since I was interested in hair dressing and indeed I qualified for the course at Kyebando Vocational Institution in Kampala. I was trained for a period of 6 month and after my graduation I got a job as a hair dresser in a saloon in Munyonyo where I earn 120,000/= per month. I am now able to cater for my basic needs and also give my siblings some pocket money. I thank PLA for the opportunity and the pastor he is connecting some of us to different saloons and garages.”



An 18 year old former Domestic worker from Nsambya Barracks, who was being tortured, abused, denied her rights and not paid since she was working for a relative who brought her from the village in Soroti. Life was not good at all and I had lost hope of owning a business or being as successful as I am today. I am glad gained confidence through the vocational training and I can now present myself in society as a graduate. Even my Auntie who used to mistreat me is proud of me and she says am glad you graduated with a certificate in cosmetology. When you have a low level of education you become so vulnerable in society today and this fuels grief, stress and poverty but I am glad that is now history. After her graduation from Nile vocational institute she worked in a saloon for a year and she had to leave to start partner with her sister and started up a business at Cavendish University in Nsambya. She sells drinks in fridge, stationary, cakes, bananas and Airtime. She earns 100,000/= per month and able to save 20,000/=. She is able to cater for her basic needs such as rent, food and clothes. She plans to buy land in the village and invest in agriculture





Platform for labour action through the GlobalGiving Donors is providing support for a better future to 48 girls currently leaving in Lira district. The project provides support to war and HIV/AIDS affected and infected orphaned with school fees, counseling and scholastic materials such as books, pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers and school uniform, Toilet paper and mathematic set.

Through the home monitoring visit and school monitoring visit, PLA staff  offer home visits where all these beneficiaries are staying, to offer their support and  monitor the  conditions of the children while at home with their guardians during holidays, their living condition and providing psychological support.

During the quarter a number of activities were carried out that included payment of fees for the whole term, counseling, school and home visits to the beneficiaries, Holiday event was also organized and activities like storytelling, cricket and traditional dance competition were undertaken among the beneficiaries. The children were further provided with Lunch on that day. Below is the summary of the activities during the quarter July to September 2016 .

48 girls affected and infected by HIV/AIDS or war have continued to attend the different schools within lira district . These schools include; Ireda primary school, V.H primary school, Lango Quran Primary School, primary school, Railways primary school and Ojwina primary school, Otim Tom Primary School, Adyel Primary School, Sir Samuel Joe Primary School and  Lira Primary School


The school fees for the 48 girls has been paid to the different schools totaling to two million seven hundred fifty seven thousand six hundred shilling only (UGX 2,757,600/=).


All the 48 Children were offered with counseling services during the reporting period to the children among the issues children were counseled about included their academic performance, their situation at home and at school and some also their illness. They were encouraged to never lose hope.


Monitoring visits to the schools where beneficiaries were placed within Lira Municipality were carried out to check on their academic performances; the schools included  these include; Elia Olet Primary School, Boke P.7, Lango Koran P.7 school and King James SS, Lira P.7, V.H P.7, Railways P.7, Ireda P.7, Lira Police Primary School.


All beneficiaries were able to share their report cards with the PLA offices and majority had performed well of the 48 only 8 were below average. They attributed their good performance on the better conditions they are currently enjoying with books and the meals provided for at their schools. The eight children those performance was not exception.

The children reported have challnges of having their guardians taking away their scholastic materials and give to their biological children.  Auma report "The global giving people have changed my life, please tell them thank you for me, my own challenge is whenever books, pens and pads are given to me, my guardians taken them away and gives them to her own children." She sadly remarked. PLA staff have since visited the family and shared the need for Auma to have support from home to enable her have a conductive study environment.


On the 23rd September 2016, all beneficiaries from Ireda P/S, Sir Samuel Joe Primary School, Lango Quran Primary School, Ojwina Primary School, V.H Primary School, Otim Tom primary School, Adyel Primary School, Lira Police Primary School and Railways Primary School had holiday’s parties at PLA Lira Field Office

All beneficiaries participated in the activities which included traditional dance, Cricket competition, storytelling, sharing holiday’s life experiences among themselves, sharing their home situation with Administrative Volunteer and one of the  Human Right Advocates . They also shared their report cards and letter to parents  with the PLA administration and this enabled the PLA team to understand what the school needs are  and how the child was performing at school.

The Holiday event enabled the children to interact with one another and share experiences and forge relationship among themselves this has enriched their lives as they have networks.



In conclusion, the children are happy and have been able to go through the early education at primary level and the challenges come in when PLA doesnt continue with the child  secondary education Level; There is a need to ensure funds are available to enable he children peform and study beyond form seven.


I lost my father at the age of 14 while in primary Seven in Krina primary school in Katwe which I failed to complete since I had no school fees hence I had to seat home in Katwe doing domestic work.

I used to stay at home and was involved in domestic work where I used to wash plates, cook food and cleaning the house and life was hard with no hope of getting a better job or going back to school. However through PLA’s child exploitation project she was rescued from domestic work at home and enrolled at Nile vocational institution in Jinja in 2012 where she pursued a course in cosmetology. I was very happy when this opportunity came by and my parents too. I graduated successfully in 2013 and I immediately got a job in a saloon in Katwe where I have been working with a monthly pay of 100,000/=. I am more skilled in making dreads, twist, pedicure and manicure.


I also attended PLAs financial management training in 2016 where I acquired skills in savings, starting up a business and making paper bags which I made though it didn’t go well. I plan to acquire saloon equipment’s to startup my own saloon.


Nayiga is 18 years old. She was identified during the mapping exercise by PLA of children engaged in child labour specifically Domestic work. She was working as a waitress in her aunt’s restaurant at Nsambya. Nayiga is an orphan who had dropped out of school before completing her ordinary level due to lack of school fees and this made life difficult. After sitting in her home village for a long time, her aunt asked her to help her with domestic work at home which included washing utensils, clothes and taking care of her children. Since there was no future for nagiya doing domestic chores, her aunt decided to employ her in her restaurant where she would earn UGX 30,000 (Thirty thousand shillings) per month. However, the money could not cater for all her basic needs nor take her back to school.


She was then rescued, counseled and enrolled at Kyebando Vocational Training Center for a six months catering course which was her passion. Due to the passion she had, her class teacher would sometimes assign her tasks to train her fellow classmates. During her leisure time, she could bake cakes for her classmates and friends on their birthday and graduation parties and this would earn her UGX 30,000 per cake. After her graduation, she got market for cakes and started baking and selling cakes for her neighbours which earn her around 20,000 – 30,000 per cake depending on the size. However, this came to a standstill because she did not have an oven and only had one charcoal stove that could sometimes burn the cakes hence reducing on the demand of cakes from customers.

Although the customers are few, she still bakes cakes on order and small scale. She is now a waitress in a good and decent restaurant called Fahulain Natete town a Kampala suburb. She cooks food for lunch and supper and earns UGX 120,000 (One hundred and twenty thousand shillings) per monthly paid on a weekly installment of 30,000/=per week where she saves UGX 10,000 (Ten thousand shillings) a week to buy an oven and start a confectionary. She thanks PLA for taking her back to school because she is now empowered and can earn a living from the skills learnt at the institute.


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Platform for Labour Action (PLA)

Location: Kampala, Uganda - Uganda
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lilian Keene-Mugerwa
Executive Director
Kampala, Uganda
$365 raised of $27,000 goal
8 donations
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