ACET Gulu, Uganda
The long insurgency in Northern Uganda created many challenges, and orphans and vulnerable children have been particularly badly affected, facing trauma, bereavement and displacement. These young people, living in extreme poverty, often have emotional and social problems, and they have limited access to education. Many are the head of their family, caring for their siblings in the absence of other guardians. They often marry young, having early pregnancies and are affected by health problems including HIV/AIDs.
We have been working with our project partner, ACET, in Uganda since 2000, helping orphans and vulnerable children to become more resilient and better equipped to deal with the challenges they face, and empowering their households economically.
How we make a difference:
- We work closely with ACET to understand the local context, to develop community-owned responses, and to share knowledge and solutions from other places where we operate.
- Together, we equip orphans and vulnerable young people with ‘life skills’ including knowledge about child rights and child protection issues, health and career guidance, through our training sessions in schools.
- We set up Child Parliaments which help children to discuss their rights, empower them to articulate their feelings, and allow them to contribute to community-awareness and decision-making.
- We offer young people vocational skills, apprenticeships and start up tools to enable them to access employment.
- We offer counselling and positive parenting seminars to give caregivers mentoring and training about the key issues affecting young people, and access to a support network of other parents and guardians.
- We establish village savings and loans associations as part of our Village Investors Programme (VIP), which enables those looking after vulnerable children to pool their small resources and make business loans to each other, in order to earn a sustainable living and support the children in their care better, and for longer.
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