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ASHWA Uganda, AHF & Eric Omondi on Street Children and The Impoverished During the COVID -19 Pandemic!
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ASHWA Uganda, AHF & Eric Omondi on Street Children and The Impoverished During the COVID -19 Pandemic!

Through a donation made by the AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION, Alliance for Sustainable Health and Wealth in Africa  (Ashwa Uganda) has been able to reach out to some of the key populations in Busia district; these include among others, the commercial sex workers, young people living with HIV/AIDS, the elderly and Street Children. 

Uganda, like other countries in the world, has a ridiculous number of children staying on the streets. It is estimated that “Uganda has one of the largest populations of young people in the world with over 56 percent of its 37 million people under the age of 18, and more than 52 percent under age 15. Children are also the single largest demographic group living in poverty in Uganda. According to civil society groups who assist street children, local government officials, and police officers of the Child and Family Protection Unit who are tasked to focus on children, the number of Ugandan children living on the streets is increasing. But the total number of street children is unknown.” Source – croso.org

ASHWA -UG Team leader Eric Omondi

Read the UNICEF Situation analySiS o𝑓 Children in Uganda HERE

AIDS on the other hand, As recently as 2004, HIV/AIDS was still “the leading cause of orphanhood in Africa in general and Uganda specifically.” (WJ Jacobs, 2004) The infection rate in Uganda has fluctuated since then – first down and more recently it’s been back on the rise – and the prevalence rate is still quite high. This disease leaves so many children without proper care. while Poverty: In Uganda, approximately 38% of the population lives on less than $1.25 per day, according to 2009 World Bank estimates. With such little income, families have a hard time providing basic needs for all their children. ( croso.org )

For some street children, there have been employment opportunities in the past, a factor that allowed those few fortunate ones to have a better life and even enabled them to launch programs reaching out to others while the majority have been involved in petty crimes like pickpocketing, drug abuse, among others…

Some of the children reached out to by ASHWA Uganda

“Children whose families cannot provide for them will spend their days (and sometimes their nights) on the streets. Children who sleep on the streets often huddle together for warmth and protection.  While on the streets during the day, common activities for children include:

  • Searching for food in the garbage
  • Begging
  • Searching for pieces of scrap metal that can be sold.
  • Finding small tasks to do in exchange for food or money. Some examples of the tasks include carrying luggage for people at the bus depot, sorting beans in a market stall, sweeping, and doing laundry.” – ( croso.org )

In Busia, Eastern Uganda ( close to the border shared with Kenya), street children during this COVID -19 pandemic have made it their sole aim to deliberately harass the small business owners, farmers, and market vendors…

Through a donation made by THE AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION, Alliance for Sustainable Health and Wealth in Africa  (Ashwa Uganda) has been able to reach out to some of the key populations in Busia district, these include among others, the commercial sex workers, young people living with HIV/AIDS, the elderly and Street Children. 

Alliance for Sustainable Health and Wealth in Africa  @ashwauganda is  a Youth-Led, Community Based Organisation (CBO) whose objective is as their slogan goes, ‘working together to support the most vulnerable communities.’ This consists of teaching women in various regions in Uganda to make re-usable sanitary towels; especially in Buyengo Busia Uganda, working with Citizen Voice and Action CVA (Busia) together with World Vision so as to implement community development strategies among other objectives; The organization’s founder Eric Omondi, @omondi_talks,  has reached out with his team, to the families of identified Street kids; and with food including posho ( maize powder), rice and beans, has seen to it that some of these children are reunited with their families.  People in the community have also sought that the government does something about these children.

The efforts to respond to the street child were captured by Baba TV, NBS TV, Ashwa Uganda Team, and Busia local governments. See via links and images shared.

As The Organisation also continues working towards improving the living conditions of the poor and marginalized people, the ASHWA team is thrilled to have the support from AHF, and the incredible efforts made by other organizations, the local governments and individuals.

Read previous articles on Ashwa here, and Omodi Talks, and Here.

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