About the charity
Amazing Children Uganda was set up in 2007 following a pilot project in Kampala to establish the needs of children on the streets and assess how these might be met. In discussions with children they made it clear that education is their top priority. For them education is a passport to a different life; it also means food, uniforms and shelter. We have established links with a number of organisations working with street and vulnerable children in Kampala; all confirm that the need continues to outstrips the available resources. More and more children are coming onto the streets (see below).
Our initial project is centred on a community of 60 children in Kampala aged from 4 to 18 years. They all share the experience of living or working on the street. Many of them are double or single orphans and some of them are affected by and infected with AIDS. Many of them came onto the streets to escape from the war in the north of the country. Their common experience is extreme poverty. Their education has been very fragmented. In spite of all this, they have come together as a distinct community who know and care for each other This has happened under the guidance of Gladys Babirye, who herself was a street child. Through her patient encouragement and dedication she has built their trust over a number of years. This means that they are eager for, and have the capacity to engage in, education.
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Some of the 27 sponsored into school