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Our Programmes

STREET CHILDREN

Africa foundation has worked with street children for over 35 years. Over the years we have learnt that rehabilitating a street child is a complex situation, and through trial and error Africa Foundation has developed a tactical approach that has proved hugely successful.

Unlike dealing with orphans that stay with their relatives, street children are a difficult group of children to deal with. At first we could pick them from the streets and simply settle them in a “Home” with foster parents. We could provide them with everything necessary for a human being, but we were later to discover that this was a mistake.

Street children form gangs, which are anti-social, and they are suspicious of anyone who does not belong to the gang. They feed on cold wastes thrown on the garbage pits. Clothing and bedding are not a necessity to them. What they need are simple attires, cold food, drugs, alcohol and other intoxicants.

At first we had not realised that what we considered necessities were not necessities for them. We, therefore, came up with the innovation of a Clearing/Transit House, which must be used as a Reception Centre. We realised we needed progressive steps, to keep street children off the street and consequently out of mischief. And thus, through Africa Foundation’s innovation came the 3-phase transition for street children at Katwe Clearing House. The children are here for six to twelve months and they go through the following phases.

Phase 1

They are offered a room with an environment close to that in the streets. In this respect they are simply provided with papyrus on the floor.

Phase 2

They are then given the opportunity to be transferred to the next room where they are given a blanket. (It is much their choice either to keep the blanket or to do whatever they wish to do with it). This enables the children to realise that here they are cared for and loved whatever they do.

Phase 3

Once the children have decided that they prefer this environment to the streets, they are promoted to a bed with a blanket and bed sheets. It is at this stage that they show signs of interest in education. After assessment they can either join our Rookmaaker School or attend a vocational training centre.

We have noted that a gradual environment change has a direct effect on the children’s moral and social behaviour and their reform. At all stages the children are entitled to food, shelter, protection and anything that benefits them.

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EDUCATION FOR NEEDY CHILDREN

Education Support Programmes

Rookmaaker School

In 1982, Africa Foundation started its own Rookmaaker School at Mukono Ddadira; the school has classes from Kindergarten to Secondary with over 702 children. 422 are former Street children abandoned babies and orphaned children. The rest are from the community supported under the programme of cost sharing, pay as you earn arrangement. There are 15 teachers for primary and 13 for senior secondary.

Africa Foundation‘s community School Support programme

Our Community School Support Programme has its own infrastructure structure, consisting of the construction of classrooms, which contain a self-contained complex under the burner of Rookmaaker School. Rookmaker School consists of preschool, nursery, primary and secondary and administration rooms. A direct result of developing a school’s infrastructure is that our school is eligible for qualified teachers. Equally important is the strengthening of school governance and parent-teacher interaction. Africa Foundation

facilitates the development of school committees and a governing body.

Cost sharing programme

Africa Foundations’ School Support Programme helps the very poor families not to see an investment in education as an expensive and often unrewarding gamble. Our cost-sharing programme helps the local community to keep faith in the value of schooling. Together, in partnership with our local communities, we develop practical, flexible and innovative solutions, to ensure that our school is a place where opportunities, prospects and the right to education are respected. At our Rookmaaker School we provide positive experiences giving our children the tools they need to make the most of their future education. Our children’s needs and their experience are very important to us; our children are not treated as recipients of education with no involvement. They are consulted and listened to, under our entire education support programme

School Holidays

During the school holidays, Africa Foundation Children’s Centre children are attached to various departments of their own choice for vocational training. The Transit Centre with a capacity of 150 children cares for the resettlement of street children. Africa Foundation welcomes all kinds of support to the needy children in our care.

Uganda Tourism Board has various Holiday Camp provisions with well-supervised fun activities for children. We are hoping to take more of our children to some of the many Camping sites in Uganda in half term school breaks – we just need to cover their fares and the Camp will provide the rest.

Education and Awareness Campaign

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HIV/AIDS AND HEALTHCARE

Health

Uganda HIV/AIDS Project
In the early 1990s Africa Foundation, in partnership with several local partners, began an active education programme for the prevention of HIV/AIDS and infection rates have dropped overall in the country. Africa Foundation fully understands the Uganda AIDS/HIV threat facing our children and we are actively working to prevent the spread of the disease in our entire programme. Africa Foundation offers health care and support services to our children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

Africa Foundation implements three major objectives in the fight against HIV/AIDS:

1) Our Focus on prevention: Our focus and approaches is on preventing HIV/AIDS transmission. We do put a lot of effort into ensuring our best possible care and support to our children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Our programmes are designed at actively involving our children and other adolescents. We always ensure that our children’s views and thoughts are clearly heard, and acted upon, this approach has proved to be such an effective programme in helping to identifying, developing and promoting our approaches which have and continue to make a real life difference. Based on successes already achieved it is our intention to call upon any interested partners to join us and help ensure that all our prevention and care programmes, continue to be as effective as possible in supporting our children who are at risk of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

2) Local Community involvement: At Africa Foundation we strongly believe that the involvement of our children themselves lies at the heart of our major change in the course of the Aids pandemic. We encourage active involvement of children, adolescents and our local population in the design and implementation of all our prevention programmes through encouraging safe local practices that ensure our children are not prey to exploitative and abusive practices and this has proved to be very crucial to our long-term success.

3) Children’s Rights: Africa Foundation puts the protection of the rights of the child at the heart of our HIV/AIDS programmes through such good practices, we are able to continue to promote access to basic services and encourage the active participation of our children affected by the Aids pandemic which have been very crucial in both our prevention and care programmes. Through your support we are able to provide our children with a better health care service, advice and social support, to improve their survival, development and hence providing them with an adequate standard of living through our focussed, effective services with the rights of the child and community responsibility at the centre of our work through engaging, educating our children and the community as the key to controlling the disease. In doing so it has helped protect their sexual and reproductive health and reduces their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS through our awareness and training strategies.

However, in the rural areas where electricity is not available, and there are inadequate communications and lack of educational programmes, AIDS is still a major problem.

The problem is exacerbated by poverty, illiteracy, weak and inadequate education, inadequate, and in many villages, total lack of public health systems, and the low social status of women and children.

Africa Foundation provides programmes in the highest at risk areas in education and prevention of AIDS. Our team of Community health care workers use the local culture health beliefs and communication strategies that are culturally familiar to the local residents to conduct these programmes.

Africa Foundation community programmes include:

  • Education programmes for women and young children to promote the prevention of HIV infection.
  • Ensure that young men are informed of their potential role and responsibility in transmitting HIV.
  • Promote access to high quality testing and counselling for pregnant mothers but also Testing is strongly encouraged for all men and women.
  • Ensure that care and support services for people living with HIV and their families are available and accessible over the long term.
    All of Africa Foundation’s programmes, seminars and workshops are conducted by our health care workers; in our village centres and other gathering places away from the town centres.

Africa Foundation believes Knowledge and information is the key to reducing AIDS infections. This includes using and distributing the knowledge and experience of everyone involved in improving the response to the Aids epidemic.

To this end Africa Foundation is expanding its programmes to reach as many people as possible with life saving information.

MOBILE HIV/AIDS HOME CARE PROGRAMME

The mobile clinics offer medical care and counselling to people living with HIV and AIDS. The Clinics are open fives times a week in various rural communities. This whole programme is coupled with an AIDS education and prevention projects. This programme is on hold due to lack of funds, but having implemented this programmes for the past ten years, with a strong work force of over 50 trained community volunteers, it is a programme we are very keen to get back up and running. We strongly believe that it is time we re-implemented the Mobile AIDS care programme once funds are secured.

Please help us in this life saving mission by making a donation.

FARMING

Food Programme
At Africa Foundation we believe, no child should be hungry and go without food ever!

Africa Foundation provides food everyday for homeless/abandoned children and their families living in poor and famine related conditions. We continually monitor local conditions to ensure our rural families have adequate food supplies.

Through our school lunch provision programme, Africa Foundation ensures, that every child attending our Rookmaaker School and all other children under our care receive a meal at school every day. With your donation and assistance, many children will continue to be guaranteed a meal each day ensuring they are healthy and remain focused in the classroom.

African Foundation is dedicated to feeding as many children as possible, and we feed thousands of children everyday, but there are many more children still surviving the day with nothing to eat. We need your help to enable us to add more children to our school lunch meal programme.

You can provide a child a school lunch-meal for an entire year for just pennies a day. Please make your donation, and gift to a child, today by feeding them for a whole year for any amount you can assist in our vital food programme.

Africa Foundation truly believes that no single child should go without food.

Community Re-Investment Farming (CIF)

Prevention mechanisms that we have proposed on the guidelines are to sensitise the community on their roles and responsibilities for the children within their community. Others include poverty alleviation through our on going Participatory Rural Community Involvement Methods (PRCIM), whereby poor families come and identify programmes such as income-generating activities to release them from poverty

Africa Foundation children centre is concentrating on settled agricultural practices, specifically subsistence farming to support our children. This is being carried out on a small scale at our farm at Mukono, as we cannot provide capital for large-scale farming. The main aim of the farming project is to change the attitude of our children towards participatory development, thus improving their livelihoods. Africa foundation, however, has vast a 90-acre piece of land, which can be used creatively to economically raise the standards of our children and local community depending on farming. This will be complimented by our proposed irrigation plant project, which will also be helpful to the community. It’s our intention to reducing poverty among youth in the area. Our hope is that through the sales of farming products, members of our rural community can be able to pay for their siblings’ school fees.

Aim and Objectives

The aim of the Community Investment Farming (CIF) is to promote and improve food and cash crop production in our communities, in order to increase average household incomes but most importantly to provide nutritious food to our Mukono Children’s Centre.

Task (1)
Our plan is to expand the existing food farm to help increase our village’s standard of living. Simultaneously we will be providing the entire community, especially the youth who are currently not attending school, with productive roles within the community and the continuous cultivation of crops. This will ensure a more secure source of income, economic empowerment and increased food security.

Task (2)
The aim is to continue to expand our food and vegetable crops (cabbages, onions, carrots and tomatoes etc) on our 90 acres of land, both our children and community are in charge of all aspects of the operation, planting, spraying, weeding and harvesting. The process will continue to be undertaken in the following stages:

Stage 1, the land is ploughed and cultivated, under the guidance of the local Africa Foundation’s field agricultural officer.

Stage 2, involves, after the successful completion of phase one, the harvesting of the crops. This will help us to expand into more acreage of our currently empty farmland. Having gained the knowledge and experience, those who gain skills in the process can in return give training session within the community on how to cultivate the crops and use advanced farming methods such as irrigation system.

Our Mukono Farm will continue to be used as a demonstrative farm to help impart farming knowledge to the community. This will enable more of our rural people to turn to crop cultivation and thus increasing their economic power.

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