Give Street Children Education and Sports for Entrepreneurship
AIDEST enables less fortunate children to attain education and sports for self-sustenance, especially those lacking scholastic materials.
A group of beneficiaries (children with their teachers). Most of these children are orphans whom the organization supports to attain education and entrepreneurship development.
What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)
The idea is trying to reduce high level of discrimination in society, adding that this further complicates the problem of destitute children who seek solace on streets after the death of parents.
Geography of focus (500 characters)
The project is focusing on street and poor children who throng from Mukono and Buikwe districts and come on streets of Kampala city and Mukono town after missing school and have no idea how their future will look like. Mukono and Buikwe are found in East of Kampala along Jinja Highway, in Central Uganda - East Africa. Activities are carried out at Wasswa Village.
Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)
A need for a poor child to have an opportunity to participate in sports in addition to her or his education career can reduce early child marriages and teenage pregnancies by promoting child education and skills as an integral part of social and entrepreneurial development.
What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)
Child Empowerment in Education and Sports for Entrepreneurship Program (ACESEP) aims to improve child quality education and sports entrepreneurship for children, by keeping them in school to acquire knowledge for success especially girls rather than giving them out to MATURE men for marriage at an early age. It discourages early pregnancies and child labour. Engaging them in life-skills training sessions out of classroom and alongside equip teachers, youth and couches as surrogate with the tools to run the program regularly, for good-quality sports skills and professionalism; enhancing life-skills, promoting child protection, youth safeguard, promoting gender equality and health for both mental and physical benefits. Participative approach will be applied by engaging community members and stakeholders such as parents, guardians and institutions to address advantages of education, entrepreneurship and positive child and youth development in the target communities.
What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)
320 children will attend school classes as they receive regular sports training sessions for 1 year. 600 children from different schools will participate in the intensive training camp during holiday, 74% will comprise girls. 30 youth from neighbouring local villages will be trained as beginner coaches and among participants in the course 50% will be females. 2000 stakeholders will be trained on awareness in child protection and effects of early marriages and pregnancies. Girls and boys share their strengths and weaknesses, ideas and challenges.
Program will annually support 23 children with bursaries those from poor families who excel in education and sports.
Impact is realized by the number of children attending school among which how many participate in sports or other activities. Let say, 320 children enrolled in school among these at least 300 expected to join the sports training academy who eventually will be hired by other coaches or clubs to perfect them as they grow up.
What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)
It's the potential to integrate education and entrepreneurship development, enable the child to benefit and become self-supporting while in school and after school. ACESEP creates peace, joy and unity among participants and community through education and sports.
The idea of setting up ACESEP was that, it would somehow increase sustainability and self-reliance of local communities especially for youths and children (girls & boys, young women & men), originating from years before, somewhere in 2008.
• Raises awareness of early marriage and teenage pregnancy at community and national level.
• Organize stakeholders recognizes the value of education and child protection.
• Organize intensive training camps and tournaments.
• Train children to become professionals in their education career and in football, youth to become coaches or surrogates in collaboration with Ugandan Football Federation to have quality and professionals.
Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)
Mukono’s population estimated 596,804 according to 2014 National census and 682,800 by 2019. It’s one of the leading districts in teenage pregnancy and early marriages, domestic violence and prostitution. In 2016 District report stated, 24% of all teenage girls ages 12 to 17 already produced children. Buikwe population estimate 465200 by 2019.
Wasswa Community like an island and being surrounded by water lies at centre of perennial grass of sugarcane. The area is one of the poorest with high unemployment, school dropout rate, early marriages, prostitution, high maternity rate, child labour in Sugar Company when they are 14, while girls get married from the age of 12 for the exchange of bride wealth which is the exchange of goats and a cow. Child brides typically have limited access to contraception and lack of educational opportunities, often subject to lifetime poverty, thus higher risk of becoming victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and murder affecting community developmen
The state of which we find these children, worries most of us. But as we are volunteers, building bridges starts form zero. A poor school like this and the environment, really affect the child's performance in class and in other activities. Some of these are street and poor children from less fortunate families that cannot afford providing them with basic necessities. So, here is where AIDEST in collaboration with other stakeholders intervene.
How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)
The project has influenced parents to understand the benefit of keep children stay in school and participate in other extra-curricular like sports, music, plays and poems performance that makes them to be recognized within the communities they come from.
Motivated children like Nampijja Shadia 8 year; ‘’In July, 2018 she standing by the pitch where she lives in a small room built with mud, staying with mother who is pregnant and two brothers’ A volunteer asked whether she was playing with academy team, but didn’t have shoes, couldn’t afford them! Volunteer bought her shoes, paid her registration fee for her to join the team. ‘’ I am working towards earning the opportunity for a free education and a better life.’’ She says.
Relationship between the organization and the Wasswa community where the project is being implemented is good. Community members are stakeholders, offering field for children do sports training sessions. Find attached a picture of the project playground.
Camping skills, pioneering , art and craft here, they also learn other skills such as making reusable sanitary pads and leadership skills.
It was the first of its kind for the lame, deaf and street children to join other scouts in the camp, including fire camping. During holidays, our children join others in school and out of school (in community) to do a lot in the Scouts activities.
In reference to my sharing with Mr. Uchenna Okafor, where he inquired about: if there is any special provision in our design to cater for the disabled e.g. blind, deaf, lame among others.
Update: On 30th August, 2019 our children (disabled) completed a scouts’ camp at National Scouts camp Kaazi – Kampala with the rest of children at national level for 8 days.
Moving to another village called Wasswa community, kids are oriented into groups to form sports teams. This action shows the coach Mr. Moses Wambale tipping children with football skills. The picture shows girls and boys participating in training sessions. Parents encourage around the project area and outside these places encourage their children to attend these training without hesitant, after a couple of sensitization meetings carried out to create awareness.
What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)
Balamu Football Academy in Uganda, located in Nagojje Sub-county, Mukono District.
Kayunga Orphans Education Program, Kayunga District - Uganda.
Parents of these children within the target areas (Mukono and Buikwe districts)
Teachers where some of the (beneficiaries) children are studying.
Uganda Christian University in Mukono – Uganda
St. Elizabeth School of Health Professional
Brilliant Primary School, Mukono – Uganda
What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing
Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing
Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries
Idea Proposal Stage
Pilot: We have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users. The feasibility of an innovation is tested in a small-scale and real world application (i.e. 3-15% of the target population)
Group or Organization Name
Africa Intercultural Development Support Trust (AIDEST)
Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)
Founding of AIDEST was somehow to increase sustainability and self-reliance of local communities originates from years before, and how the entire project should be financed somewhere in 2008. The idea is inline with my organization mission to give hope to the less fortunate Ugandan communities a chance for a better future by providing education, practical training and consecutive career guidance and community involvement for them to improve livelihood.
As single mother with one child; I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree of Makerere University Kampala in 2004. After 6 years of unemployment, I was forced to take up a bricklaying job offered in 2010. I worked here for three years, until I was called by Mr. Kizito Herman to work with AIDEST as an Finance Assistant since 2014. AIDEST is suitable to solve this problem because it works at the grassroots and understands well the challenges and problems affecting people without discrimination of race, religion, culture and sex.
Type of submitter
We are a registered Non-Profit Organization
Organization Headquarters: Country
Organization Headquarters: City / State
Kirowoza, Mukono Municipality, Mukono District, Central Uganda.