World Vision Uganda
Bidibidi and Adjumani Ending Violence Against Children Project
Uganda is home to over 900,000 child refugees and asylum seekers. The majority of these children are from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, countries that have been plagued by violence for years on end. After watching armed groups ransack their homes, these children often had no choice but to leave everything behind and start over – attempting to rebuild in overcrowded refugee camps miles from their homes. Often, children in refugee camps lose access to quality education, income-generation opportunities, and their closest family and friends, all of which inhibits their mental health, overall well-being, and lifelong earning potential.
To help refugee children and adolescents reclaim their lives, World Vision Uganda is using support from the Fund to reach:
- 750 adolescents with skills training sessions in mechanics, catering, tailoring, hairdressing and carpentry, giving them the tools they need to start their own businesses. Participants of these sessions continue to be supported with both starter kits and supporter groups, helping them share their experiences and best practices and collaborate on shared solutions.
- Over 600,000 people with information on violence against children and children’s rights.
- Over three million people with two radio broadcast on violence against children. Broadcasts were in the form of radio talk shows, including panellists like the District Probation Officer, the Social Welfare Officer, an officer from the Office of the Prime Minister, and World Vision staff. These individuals discussed the causes and effects of violence against children, along with the referral pathways available and the role different stakeholders play in prevention and response. During these shows, the public called in to raise issues, ask questions and provide feedback.