Sheltering Homeless Orphans
We have run successful advocacy campaigns in the media in Uganda highlighting the plight of girls and other vulnerable children. In 2014, we carried out a robust media campaign to raise funds for Francis Ssekatawa 15 and his Livingstone Ssempebwa 18, survivors of domestic violence abandoned by their father after the death of their mother. The two boys watched helplessly as their father battered their mother. She was pregnant and had a miscarriage. She separated and constructed a makeshift house where she lived with her two sons. She would die of her injuries. The makeshift shelter was soon collapsing on them. The boys slept in the cold. When it rained, it rained on them.
EDOU got to know about their plight and through media advocacy, one of the most internationally respected banks, Standard Chartered Bank partnered with us and built a 2-bedroomed house for the orphans valued at $4,320. We mobilised friends and the public to donate welfare materials to children. The materials included food, clothes, shoes and beddings among others.
The opening of the house and handle over of the materials was officiated by the bank’s CEO, Mr. Herman Kasekende at Kikooba, Kiboga district.