In response to increased cases of child abandonment, abuse and neglect in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, we provide a range of targeted activities for children, teenage girls and boys, a community-based abuse prevention approach and an emergency response to to safeguard children in imminent danger.
Poverty and financial pressure puts children at very high risk of violence, physical or sexual abuse, child labour, prostitution or early marriage, or total abandonment. Working in Uganda’s slum communities for over a decade, we’ve seen a significant increase in cases of child abuse and neglect since the pandemic, and community leaders and many parents have specifically requested further safeguarding support - so our work to keep children safe is vital.
Our Child Protection programme combines a community-based abuse prevention approach across the 10 slum communities where we work, alongside an emergency response to safeguard children in imminent danger. Our skilled team train and equip community volunteers in safeguarding and then support them to engage with children and community members across these areas, including delivering abuse prevention outreach training covering how to recognise and report abuse, and access further support.