Where We Work

We are in the community for the community. Namuwongo slum is the second largest in Kampala with an estimated 15,000 people living on a floodplain at
the bottom of a hill with no sanitation. Approximately 90% of the population live below the absolute poverty line, earning less than one US dollar per day. Over 50% of the population are children. The slum itself is an extremely dangerous place for children: alcoholism is rife, sexual exploitation and prostitution is common
and hygiene levels are extremely poor.

Each year a class of extremely vulnerable children between the ages of 3-5 are identified by our social workers to join the Hands for Hope sponsorship programme and our school.

The selection process for this programme is very strict, with two different social workers assessing the same families to ensure that all the information that we receive is correct. The Administrator then also conducts random check-up visits to the selected households. The selection criteria is based on vulnerability including poverty levels, disability, HIV/AIDS and family situation.

The children who are chosen often live in a single roomed mud huts without any facilities, come from single parent (often female-headed) households with very low incomes, only receive one small meal a day and are malnourished. Some of them are also disabled and suffer from difficult family situations (alcoholism, mental problems, extreme poverty and various diseases including HIV/AIDS). These children’s parents have no hope of affording to send them to school.

We have just completed the selection process for this year and have selected a class of children to join our nursery.  The sponsorship programme will give them a free education, two essential meals a day, a safe place to spend their days, free medical care, and support for their families.

We are now looking for generous individuals to sponsor a child so they can start in our nursery school, receive a health assessment and be given two meals a day.