Overlooked by society, street children are at best disregarded and at worst dehumanized. Because they lack identification documents, street children are often targeted in ways that perpetuate gross abuses of human rights. Most street children are subjected to, or at a minimum have witnessed, unreported brutality (shootings, chain whippings, sexual violence). Others have been forcibly removed from the streets by police officers in ‘round-ups’ and taken to ‘youth detention centers’.
In order to feed themselves, many children will work in unsafe and exploitative environments that expose them to the dangers of child labour, sex slavery and human trafficking.
In Uganda, the prevalence of witchcraft also makes street children targets for kidnappings and child sacrifice rituals.
For ‘unregistered’ children (those lacking proof of birth or identity), all are susceptible to abduction in one form or another because there is no proof of the child’s existence before their disappearance.
Thousands of children are living on the streets of Kampala and the number increases every day. These children are abandoned, rejected, segregated and socially excluded by the society. Still, they have goals, ambitions and dreams in life.
When no one else believes in them, our ambition is to empower, encourage & support them.
These children are our next generation,the most resilient and powerfull a country can have if we give them the option just TO BE