Led by our Country Manager Immy, the Hope for Children team in Uganda makes a vital difference to the lives of children living in the slum community of Namuwongo, Kampala.
Up to 9,000 children are growing up in Namuwongo, one of Uganda’s toughest and poorest places. Here, whole families live in temporary one room shelters built of wood, mud and corrugated iron with no electricity or running water. Many children cannot afford go to school and must work to help feed themselves and their families, leaving them without an education and working in high-risk 'jobs' on the streets. Girls in Namuwongo are particularly disadvantaged: vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse, gender based violence, teenage pregnancy, forced marriage and HIV infection.