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Dwelling Places, Mengo Help 280 Children to Access Learning Materials

Hamza Ssempala, one of the children who was selling things on the streets, says that the project has changed his life and that of his mother tremendously. He now has access to books, coaching, and his mother is empowered financially.
15 Sep 2021 12:17

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More than 280 children who were vending merchandise on the streets of Kampala now have access to learning materials thanks to a partnership between Buganda kingdom and Dwelling places.    

In its report titled “Supervised work opportunities for COVID-19 street rendered children,” Dwelling places shows that the beneficiaries were attending school prior to the COVID-19 pandemic breakout in the country and resorted to street vending to support their families because of the prolonged school closure.    

 

It shows that some of the children were forced into selling things on the streets such as fruits, maize and drinks because their parents were unable to work due to sickness or loss of employment resulting from the lockdown. Buganda kingdom initiated this project, which ran between August 2020 and August 2021 in partnership with Dwelling places.

Through the project, Dwelling places work with traditional village chiefs alias the Batongole to mobilize children found selling merchandise on the streets and help them to leave this life. The beneficiaries received learning materials such as textbooks, charts and got tutors to help them to continue with the learning process despite the closure of schools.   

Hamza Ssempala, one of the children who was selling things on the streets, says that the project has changed his life and that of his mother tremendously. He now has access to books, coaching, and his mother is empowered financially.

 

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The parents to some of the children have also received training in income-generating activities such as tailoring to enhance their incomes so as to support the children. Betty Namuli, says that her grandson Benon Kalungi benefited from the project after being spotted on the street selling maize. 

 

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Robert Opus from Dwelling places says that although they initially targeted 100 children and 30 parents they reached out to more people.

   

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Ritah Nkemba, the Country Director of Dwelling Places has called for more sponsors to come up and help to sustain the project since it has been halted due to lack of funds. She has rallied communities to support the children to continue learning amidst the pandemic.

 

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