Kampala Street and other vulnerable children reinsertion project (KSOVRP)
The project started in 2008 under the support of ETM and MEM to consolidate activities that had already been put in place by UCC five years before it was approved. The existing activities had made tangible achievements which made it justifiable to widen the intervention so that it addresses a bigger perspective for profound impact.
The project’s new design introduced new approaches which increased Centre based activities with the major aim of improving supervision, monitoring and service delivery. A Children’s Centre was constructed and constituted of the following sections namely; the administration block, main hall, sick bay, training workshops, kitchen, library, internet café, dormitories and the caretakers’ house among others.
The project scaled up other existing activities namely; the local community sensitization and awareness workshops, health education, care and treatment, home visits, resettlement, and reintegration, social cultural education, psychosocial support, provision of nutrition, basic literacy and numeracy among others. The vocational skills program improved on the already existing courses and also introduced new occupations to give more opportunities to learners to choose from. The project has seen several achievements which have all seen the implementers attaining a big percent of the earmarked goals and objectives.
Police Officer Accepts To Foster a Neglected Girl
Susan (not her real name) was brought to UCC through the Family and Children Protection Unit of Uganda Police headquarters, and the probation office of Kampala. She was rescued by a well-wisher from a gang of men who wanted to defile her. That was in her home place of Gulu, she was later taken on by a said Good Samaritan but the men continued to follow her and threatened to kill her.
After numerous threats, she was brought to Kampala and handed over to the police who after screening her was referred to UCC to provide her with accommodation and psycho social support. At the centre she was accompanied by female police officers though she kept on crying and shying away. She was comforted and left in the hands of social workers.
For several months Susan has been undergoing intensive counselling and special care to alleviate her from the trauma she went through. Gradually she was able to afford a smile and she offered herself to tell a story of what happened (which I will not share here). Since she has been a happy girl at the centre, she was recruited to undertake a hair dressing and cosmetology course for skills acquisition.
Since she didn’t want to go home due to fear of mistreatment from the uncle, and the likelihood that they will not allow her to continue with her skill, we had to look for a foster care parent.
One female police officer showed interest to foster her and she went ahead to identify herself. After fulfilling the reintegration process, she took on Susan to Lira with her, numerous follow ups showed that Susan was happy in the home and she was enrolled for further training at St Mary vocational institute and now she is undergoing training in design and garment cutting commonly known as tailoring.
Child Professionally Resettled With a Bicycle
Godfrey 13 years came from Kanungu district from a village called Kyaka. He left for the streets after the loss of his mother who left him with an addicted father and three toddlers between the ages of two to six years. The father is severely addicted to drugs that he cannot take care of the family and this forced Godfrey to come to the streets to fend for his siblings. He never came to Kampala direct; he stayed in Kanungu town as he would get something and take home for his siblings to eat. But a friend told him that in Kampala he would get a job which will give him enough money to take care of the entire family.
On the streets of Kampala it wasn’t that rosy as the police beat them up all the time and he never got employment as the friend had told him. He says I suffered even more because my heart always went for my siblings yet I didn’t even get any money to enable me go home.
When UCC through its outreach activities visited Kisenyi slums, Godfrey recalls it as a God given opportunity since his wish was only to be taken home since he longed to see his siblings. At the centre indeed he kept asking when he would go home and looked very focused by that.
Papa as his commonly known by children (Mr. Kaliisa Sunday) escorted Godfrey home, he says Kanungu is far, hilly and worst of all it was raining that day but as he was one of his loved and disciplined boy he wasn’t exhausted at all.
But what was found at home he says was wanting and the home needs help as everything that was told by the boy was true. The girl children stay with their father who can even abuse them, they do not have a house, and they stay in a place that is isolated which puts their life in danger. UCC donated a bicycle to Godfrey to help him go to school and also to do boda boda business in order to get money to feed the family. We appeal to Good Samaritan organisations around Kanungu to come up and partner with UCC to help the family..
A Dying Street Child Rescued From a Drainage Channel in Kisenyi
It was 14th May 2013 at 12:30pm during the usual street outreach when social workers were approached by a big group of street children. All children upon seeing us were happy but their eyes and faces were showing that something was amiss. When asked they all replied that one of us is very sick and is lying in the trench; he cannot eat nor drink and he feeds only on drugs but still we know that it’s bad but rescue him they lamented.
We became curious and joined the children to see the sick child indeed the boy was very sick and we kept asking ourselves whether to take the child to the centre or to refer him to KCCA hospital. But still at the hospital he would need a care taker plus other necessities, eventually we all agreed to take the boy to the centre nurse.
He was bathed and given first Aid treatment but he was only deteriorating as he was vomiting, shaking and dehydrating every minute that passed. As we were thinking to refer him, he slowly recovered and his voice was coming from far saying “take me to Aunt Immaculate in Entebbe” In Entebbe he had lived there in 2010 but ably remembered Petro city where we could locate the home inside. He kept asking to be taken to Entebbe to his Aunt. Eventually, one social worker, the nurse and papa headed to locate the home in Entebbe. As he could not see well and with a lot of patience and care we had to follow his word in order to locate the home but still failed. When we totally failed we went to the chairman of the area and because the boy had some key features of the place the chairman easily located the home.
All of us trembling and seeing that all chances of finding aunt immaculate were coming to zero, the chairman through questions of what the centre does pointed to the woman that she thinks is the one. When he called her to come over to the
vehicle and showed her the boy she cried! And the relief we got is just unexplainable… and the boy afforded a smile when he looked at aunt Immaculate she narrated how Musana’s mother prefers to be with his men other than his children and not only Musana but even other children left home because they could not manage her behaviours. She was very happy and kept on telling the boy ” You have reached home, all is going to be okay “ and indeed all is okay as the boy steadily recovered and is now doing okay.
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