Protecting Vulnerable Children in Uganda
Waking up to the Smell of Smoke: Josephine
Recently, a child who suffered burns has been under the care of Hope Children’s Centre.
Josephine was left asleep in her home and was unaware of a traditional candle that was left burning by her mother – who had gone out to earn money for food stuffs for the day.
Josephine woke up to the smell of smoke that was choking her to death.
Unable to see, she staggered to the door, but could not make it. She opted for the direction of the window – only to feel the heavy collapse of the roofing. Burnt badly, she lost consciousness and was rescued by the villagers, who put out the fire and rushed her to a health centre near Hope Children’s Centre. Her condition worsened in 24 hours and the medical personnel could not handle the case, nor transport her to a big hospital.
Hope Children’s Centre was contacted for help as her mother was not able to care for her badly injured daughter.
Since that day seven months ago, Hope Children’s Centre has supported Josephine medically, morally and financially – but it is a constant challenge to find the resources to continue supporting her.
Tackling Child Sacrifice & Abuse
Hope Children's Centre has continued its Training and Sensitization of Women in Child Development, Protection and Women Empowerment, in order to tackle issues of child abuse and domestic violence, which are commonplace, as a result of widespread incidents of child sacrifice.
These cases have mainly targeted orphans as they are vulnerable.
The trainings and sensitizations target the caretakers of these disadvantaged families and communities where the orphans come from.
New Call for Volunteers
The volunteering page on our website has been created in anticipation of getting volunteers to visit the centre and offer services to the children. We hope this will encourage an exchange of ideas among volunteers, as well provide them an opportunity to learn new technologies, and experience new cultures.
This will not only expose the centre to the outside world, but also strengthen partnerships with the volunteers and who can then act as recommenders for the centre.