Nicknamed the “pearl of Africa” by Sir Winston Churchill, Uganda has a colourful landscape of savannas, forests, giant lakes and snowy mountains.
While the land boasts beautiful but fierce animals like lions, rhinos and elephants, its citizens are warm and quick to smile.
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Rescue and trauma-informed reintegration programs are making a difference in the lives of sexually exploited Ugandan children.
In 2021, the work in Uganda accomplished:
RESCUE AGE RANGE
In the past 50 years, Uganda has been shaken by civil war, losing 900,000 people. The aftershock of this tragedy can still be felt today as many families are broken and many children are poor, uneducated and vulnerable to human trafficking.
About 10,000 children live on the streets in Uganda. Although illegal, many sell sexual services to simply survive – in exchange for water, food and shelter.
I have encountered deep and sad stories of the girls who never wished to be in the sex industry but life pushed them to edge with no option to survive but rather to sell their bodies for sex in order to afford a meal for the day…otherwise, they would have starved to death.”
Novias, monitoring and evaluation officer in Uganda
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Our work in Uganda
Rescue agents, male and female, connect with children trapped in street prostitution and help them safely exit this life of exploitation.
Girls live with their families or roommates and work with a caseworker on their Freedom Plan which includes education or vocational training. They attend daily classes with our reintegration staff and receive face-to-face as well as over-the-phone trauma-informed counseling. Our care also includes meals and focuses on alleviating the financial stressors that made them vulnerable to exploitation.
Our residential shelter offers safe accommodation for survivors with unique or especially challenging circumstances. In the shelter, children follow reintegration plans and receive services like those provided in community care. In Uganda, about 9% of survivors came to our shelter in 2021.
Stepping into a life of normalcy and independence is the ultimate victory! Our staff works with children towards a sustainable life of freedom.
We operate rescue and reintegration programs in multiple countries across the world. Learn more about our mission to help end child sexual exploitation and trafficking in our lifetime.Learn More