60%

Average victim age

60%

within 5 years

60%

*Statistics from UNODC
Global report on TIP 2014

Uganda‘s proximity to underground slave markets in Europe, Sudan and Congo makes it a prime target for child trafficking. There are an estimated 10,000 street children in Uganda. *1
For the traffickers, these children can be easily lured and taken by the busload with low risk of repercussions. As a source of children for the slave markets, this is… Show more

Safe Homes

Safe homes


We run safe homes, where homeless children who are at risk of being (or have been) trafficked or exploited can have a happy & healthy childhood.

Our children are given education, medical care, clothes, love, mentoring; things that every child deserves. Our safe homes contain tight-knit families; the children look out for each other and even refer to their foster parents as ‘Mum and Dad‘.

Our kids are excelling in school and have dreams to be doctors, teachers and politicians. We‘re raising the next generation‘s leaders and they‘re doing us proud!

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Foster Programme

Foster Programme


Our foster programme facilitates community placements for homeless children who are at risk of being (or have been) trafficked or exploited and don’t have any family of their own.

Whenever possible, we place children into the community rather than in a safe home. Initially, the children are taken into our care and provided with a period of TLC and trauma counselling on our site. When an acceptable family offers a space in their home, we provide ongoing support and work with them in every way we can.

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Repatriation

Repatriation


We run a repatriation programme that works to reunite non-orphaned at-risk street children with their biological families.

We form relationships with these children and work to counsel them off the street. We provide mediation with the families and offer ongoing support after re-entry to their family home. For those children who require it, we offer a period of respite and trauma counselling on our campus before reintegration into the family home, to address behaviours and experiences gained on the street.

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Tailoring Programme

Tailoring Programme


We run a tailoring programme along with basic numeracy and literacy classes, so children can go on to work or set up their own businesses.

Most of the children at Hope Street go to school, but those who are less academically inclined study tailoring full-time on our campus. In Aura, experienced tailors can earn enough to support a large family.

During the school holidays, those enrolled in school also join in the tailoring activities. A couple of extra staff help out during these times and the Hope Street campus becomes a lively, fun hub of creative sewing.

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Sustainable Enterprises

Sustainable Enterprises


We have recently purchased a block of land to run a small microenterprise by farming crops; working toward internally funding the project.

We‘re big on sustainability, to the point where we ultimately want to end up ‘hands off‘ with every project.

In Uganda we‘re working toward farming crops. This will allow our safe homes to not only grow their own food, but to sell the excess to assist with project funding. The land purchase also means that the project campus we‘re developing can run for generations without the burden of large rent payments or relocations.

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Mentoring on the Street

Mentoring on the Street


Our team mentors street children to form relationships, provide counsel, and let them know that help is available.

Our staff are regularly on the streets; immersing themselves among the street children and gaining their trust. Our team focuses on forming relationships with the children; letting them know who we are and helping them formulate an exit strategy.

From time to time our social workers sleep a night on the street beside the children, as this is when they congregate and is the best opportunity to have quality conversations with them.

Community Education

Community Education


We are working to increase community awareness; arming the local community to play a vital role in the prevention of trafficking.

Our staff are immersed in the community, meeting with the local council, churches, business owners and residents to build an awareness of the issue of child trafficking.

In the past when unscrupulous visitors say they‘re taking children to a better life with good jobs, people have believed the lies. If we can arm them with an awareness of what‘s actually happening, the community can intervene and protect their children.

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Clean Water

Clean Water


You probably know we’re about fighting child trafficking. So why provide clean water? For us it’s about strengthening the local community so they can take over our projects and become self-sufficient.

Arua’s residents have to supplement the town water supply by collecting water from underground springs. In their natural state these springs flow onto muddy ground, contaminating the water with human and animal waste (think Typhoid and Hepatitis A). Waterborne diseases have contributed to the hardship which left so many children vulnerable to traffickers.

We have been building simple concrete filters to protect these springs from water contamination.

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Orphaned on the Street

When Jane‘s parents died a neighbour gave her a bed, but sent the young girl out during the day, beating her… Show more

Living with Hope Street

Jane was moved into a Hope Street safe home in 2012 and within just a year she was a completely different girl… Show more

Repatriated with Extended Family

Contact was able to be made with Jane’s extended family and the relationship was nurtured over time… Show more

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Partner

with like-minded locals who share our heart, vision and values.

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Equip

locals to reach their own community by providing training, resource, guidance, support and accountability.

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Future-Proof

with sustainable initiatives so projects can work toward becoming self dependent.