Uganda is a tale of two countries.
The south is relatively prosperous and most children go to primary school. But the north suffered a series of internal armed conflicts from the late 1970s, and more recently has seen a huge influx of refugees (almost 200,000) fleeing war and food shortages in neighbouring South Sudan.
We work with local partners to protect and counsel vulnerable Sudanese refugee children in Uganda.
We also support a youth-led social enterprise venture that helps young people in northern Uganda improve their prospects by starting their own businesses.
Children in Uganda
Almost two-thirds of the Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda are under the age of 18.
The brutal conflict in South Sudan has heavily affected the mental health and wellbeing of children living in the refugee settlements.
Apathy and despondency are commonly detected symptoms, especially among children that have suffered traumatic events.
What we do in Uganda
Through our local partner TPO we’re supporting children and their families in refugee settlements in northern Uganda.
We offer protection and counselling so children can feel safe and enjoy their childhood.
We help children get back to some normality by enrolling them into primary school, and providing child-friendly learning and playing spaces.
We also offer opportunities for young people and vulnerable households to earn money and improve their life prospects.
KATI, which we originally set up, is a social enterprise that supports young people in northern Uganda by providing them with business training and access to competitive start-up loans.
After an award-winning pilot project in 2013/4, KATI has now been scaled up and established as an independent, youth-led organisation – mentoring young people who have innovative business ideas, and creating a network of young entrepreneurs across northern Uganda . In 2015 KATI reached and funded 57 new business startups.
Our livelihoods work is about ensuring that we can deliver long-term sustainable support to young people and their communities.
We aim to protect children from harm as well as help them to overcome the impacts that armed conflict has had on them.