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Life beyond the streets through education
Many of the street children in Uganda are war or HIV orphans, or have ended up on the streets to escape domestic violence or abuse. Our project gives street children in Kampala access to long term education and vocational training opportunities, to lift themselves out of poverty.
We work with young people from when they are ready to go to school, until the time they graduate from university or vocational training programmes.
Charity information: Amazing Children Uganda
In Uganda the majority of the population is under 16 and it is estimated that upwards of 10,000 children live on the streets. Most of these are in Kampala. Street children are at significant risk, particularly young girls. of sexual exploitation, disease, slavery and involvement with drug/alcohol.
We asked Kampala's street children what type of support they want and they told us:
We work with a local organisation who identify children who are ready for and keen to take part in mainstream education. We fund their schooling, accommodation, degrees or vocational training, and during the holidays we continue to provide socialising activities and food/shelter. The young people we support often teach other children in the community to read and write, helping prepare them for education. Those who have completed our programme have gained employment and are now independent.
To help children escape poverty through education
Activities» Provide scholarships to attend school, paying school fees and funding uniforms, books, etc.
» Provide support activities and food/shelter during the holidays so that children remain engaged with their communities and build soft skills.
» Provide opportunities for university and vocational qualifications, and career counselling.
What success will look like
Success will be children settled in school and achieving good grades, and those completing higher or vocational education gaining employment.
Street children in Kampala are typical of Ugandan culture in that they form very tight supportive networks, like families. Any education is shared by students with their peers outside school.
The longer term impact is that the young people will be independent of support, escape from poverty and add to the economy of Uganda through enterprise and employment.
The biggest risks are:
- students perform badly at school or outside of their community. We provide ongoing support to deal with their soft skills and ensure that they integrate.
- that funding may run out. We are growing a network of private and corporate sponsors for all stages of the educational journey. We have 30 already and growing.
Funders of this project will receive a report on:
- the financial breakdown of what their money was spent on
- the performance of individuals in education
- the impact on the broader street-child community.
Budget - Project Cost: £75,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £50,000 Education scholarships School fees, uniform costs, books, etc for 1 child for 1 year £5,000 Out of school support Accommodation, food and socialising activities for 1 child for 1 year £20,000 Operations Running the project
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Individual sponsors £40,000 Guaranteed
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and a key migration destination for the many thousands of destitute children escaping violence, poverty and exploitation in other parts of the country. It is estimated that some 60% of the country's street children live in the city.
The beneficiaries of the project will be street children. We work with local partners to identify children who will most benefit from the support and are ready to enter mainstream education.
Amazing Children Uganda has been successfully delivering this type of scholarship since 2008. We support young people all the way through their education, enabling them to gain a degree or a vocational qualification. All those who have completed our programme have gone on to gain employment.
The young people we support go to boarding school, so that they are not hungry or sleeping on the streets when they're not in the classroom. This enables them to perform better in school.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Gladys - Project Leader And Volunteer, Uganda
Gladys is an ex-street child and volunteers to look after the small community of street children. She deals with their social needs and manages admin.