With the Street Kids to Families campaign, Trace Uganda aims to reintigrate 300 street children in Kampala, Uganda back to their homes. See more about our organization on our website.
According to UNICEF (2002), it was reported that the number of street children was 100 million in the world. But then in 2005 UNICEF quantified that the debated numbers of street children has no uniform pattern in their growth but have a stochastic growth that can be determined by many factors.
Today, worldwide, the number of street children is estimated at 150 million (Community children Worldwide Resource Library 2010) with a percentage of 30 of these being part of the sub Saharan Africa. In Uganda, there are an estimated 8000 street children, 4000 that live in Kampala, 800 in Mbale, 500 in Jinja and the rest in other urban centers (New Vision, 2010).
According to the most recent enumeration of street children in four towns of Uganda by Retrak in September 2017, it is estimated that are 15, 000 street connected children the four towns.
600 children living on the streets, aged 7-17 years, in Jinja and Mbale; whilst in Kampala there are over 2,600 children living on the streets, aged 7-17 years and the number keeps growing day by day.
It is estimated that there are several thousands of children of the streets (children reporting they have slept in a home most night a week but worked on the streets one or more days a week), aged 7-17 years , in Iganga, Jinja and Mbale. Mbale had the highest number of children of children working on the streets at over 4,400 jinja over 3100 whilst Iganga had fewer with just over 2600. In contrast, in Kampala there estimated to be 1400 working on the streets. (Retrak 2017)
To buy land for erecting a transition home for reintegrating street children
To reunite street children with their families
To reduce the number of street children on Kampala streets and other suburbs.
To empower families whose children have been to the streets with income generating activities for self reliance.
To empower communities where street connected children come from with proper parenting skills to prevent others from coming.
To reintegrate 300 street children from 2018 to 2020
The campaign team has made sure the exercise will involve probation officers from all Kampala divisions, Police family and child protection unit and other concerned stake holders.
The campaign team shall adopt the Retrak standard operating procedures of reintegration to stream line the reintegration process.
Furthermore, the team will have to look out for homes that are approved to ease the campaigns reintegration process through referrals.
Five social workers with a good experience of working with street children will be taken for a refresher training on reintegration before the campaign is kick-started.
Monitoring and evaluation
Social work probation officers
Over 300 street connected children enrolled in school and reintegrated back into their families.
30,000 fruit trees planted around Uganda
Fruit trees will be a source of income for the family
Over 40 street connected children enrolled in vocational institutes.
Over 50 families empowered with income generating activities.
Over 190 children reintegrated into their families
Communities empowered with parenting skills and child rights sensitization
This is the first reintegration campaign of its kind that is environmentally friendly in that, every child who is resettled back to his family, plants 5 fruit trees, then the parent to the child also plants 5 fruit trees after Trace Uganda social worker has planted 5 fruit trees.
Our goal is reintegrating 300 street children back to their families in two years. This means that if each resettlement trip leaves 15 fruit trees planted, that makes it 30,000 fruit trees planted during the campaign in different places around Uganda.