How our work improves the lives of vulnerable children in Uganda
Awamu’s purpose is to ensure children in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, gain the education and skills that are vital to their future.
Many children we work with are HIV positive. Their guardians, often elderly, ill and poor, are also in need of support, as the wellbeing of children in their care is inextricably linked to theirs.
We know that children do best when they are supported and cared for in their own communities, among extended families, friends, and neighbours so we also help those that care for them to gain new skills and the confidence to increase their income, regain control of their lives and take care of themselves and their family.
Awamu means ‘together’ in L'uganda, the main language spoken in Bwaise and Kikoni slum areas we work. We chose it as it reflects spirit of the women and children we are lucky enough to work in partnership with there.
We provide school fees, uniforms, shoes, text, books and pens to the most vulnerable children in our communities to ensure they get the education that will increase their skills and life chances.
Skills and Enterprise
We train guardians, vulnerable young women and children to work together and learn new skills that will improve their earning potential.
We encourage women and children to start saving and give them a helping hand to start their own businesses and regain control over their lives.
Health and Nutrition
Our community kitchen gardens help break down barriers to learning and improve the health of children.
Community volunteers reach out to children who have been orphaned, abandoned or abused. They help vulnerable adults and children know their HIV status, adhere to their medication, never miss a hospital appointment.
Women and girls
Awamu was born out of our relationship with the women we first met in Kampala in 2008, we've seen first hand what investing in women can achieve for their family and community.
They continue to inspire us with their tireless efforts and we are led by their knowledge and understanding of what is needed to make change in their community.