Client(s): Private Donor(s)
Services: Capacity Building, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research
Expertise: Life Skills Training, Microfinance and Livelihoods Development, Sustainable Agriculture/Food Security, Youth, Basic Education for Children and Adults, Child Labor and Trafficking Prevention, Civil Society Development, Girls' and Women's Education, HIV and AIDS
Uganda is home to nearly 21 million adolescents who make up more than 60% of the entire population. Due to war, poverty, and high rates of death due to AIDS, Uganda is also home to over 1 million orphans.
In Western Uganda, there are high numbers of OVC particularly in Kyenjojo, Kasese, and Kabarole districts. This region has large numbers of vulnerable children due to civil strife in the Eastern Congo, which has spilled across the border, as well as high HIV rates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which borders this region. As a result, there is a significant school dropout rate and a growing problem with child labor, with children being recruited to work in plantations, lime mines, and quarries. Girls especially are likely to drop out of school and there is a high incidence of forced marriage. In addition, many children experience violence in school settings, often at the hands of teachers. Few children have access to any support; many are abused and denied their basic rights as children.
Since 2008, World Education's Western Uganda Bantwana Program (WUBP) has built the technical and management capacity of nine local community-based organizations to improve the wellbeing of 5,000 vulnerable children and their households through a holistic package of services including: child rights and protection - including upholding girls' right to education - HIV prevention, nutrition, economic strengthening, and psychosocial support.
In 55 schools (40 primary and 15 secondary) in four districts, World Education/Bantwana has established child rights clubs through which students are trained as child rights leaders in promoting their own rights and responsibilities. In close collaboration with four district governments, WUBP has provided disadvantaged youth with other innovative platforms - including radio programs and youth forums - for expressing their views and participating in the decision-making affecting them. Today, WEI/B is deepening its efforts to address and prevent violence, neglect, and abuse in schools by engaging teachers, school management, children, caregivers, and communities in two districts and 20 school communities.
WUBP has demonstrated increasing evidence that World Education/Bantwana's model improves child protection outcomes for girls and boys.