Projects - Vocational Training Project

1.0. Background of the Project
Being the gateway of the capital city and harbouring Lake Victoria on the southern part, Wakiso district is experiencing a rapid population growth rate of about 4.7% as indicated in the 2002 population census report. This is because of the increased number of immigrants coming in for opportunities brought about by the fishing business which fascinates many people. As a result, Child trafficking for cheap labour, child domestic slavery, child sexual slavery and prostitution are some of the common vices which escalate HIV/AIDS pandemic and lead to vulnerability of young people. Vulnerable children in Wakiso District include almost all children in the district. These include children in poverty-stricken households, orphaned children, children living with and or affected by HIV/AIDS by HIV/AIDS, children in broken families and homes prone to domestic violence. There are children in abusive situations and those living in institutions that are not meeting the set standards of care. Various factors have increased the numbers of OVC in the district and these include HIV/AIDS, poor parenting/ irresponsible parenthood, family break-ups, domestic violence, poverty, Wakiso district’s proximity to Kampala City; mushrooming and uncontrolled churches and entertainment centres; erosion of social values, peer pressure, weak provisions in the existing laws and poor enforcement, death of both parents and inaccessibility to health and education centres especially in hard to reach fishing areas.
 
It is against this background that HUYSLINCI arising from conformity to its mandate of animating lives of young persons, has set on this project from 2010 – 2012 with an aim of contributing to an environment that is conducive for the survival growth, development and participation of vulnerable children and youths in the fishing communities of Wakiso District. The project interventions are in consonance with District OVC strategic plan 2007-2012, National OVC Policy (NOP) and the National Strategic Programme Plan of Interventions (NSPPI).
 
1.1. Overall Objective of the project:
To contribute to an environment conducive for the survival growth, development and participation of vulnerable Children and Youths in the fishing communities of Wakiso District
 
1.2. Specific Objectives of the project:
1.    To Empower 700 OVC and Youths headed households to meet the basic needs of 2100 OVCs and reduce their vulnerability in the targeted area of Wakiso District by the end of the three years.
2.    To strengthen the capacities of local institutions and communities to promote and protect the rights of OVC and youths from in the fishing communities of Wakiso District
3.    To strengthen the capacity of HUYSLINCI and its local partners to reach more vulnerable groups particularly those in the fishing communities of Wakiso District with well coordinated and effective mitigation programmes.
4.    To raise the level of awareness on Community Health Insurance Scheme in the fishing communities of Katabi and Kasnje Sub-counties, Wakiso District by the end of the project.
 
          2.0. Target Group
The project is implemented in Katabi and Kasanje sub-counties.
 
2.1. Primary Target Group:
The primary target group are young persons in difficult circumstances who include Vulnerable Children from 7 to 18 years of age and Disadvantaged Youths between 15 and 25 years old. Selected beneficiaries must be under the following conditions:
·     Commercial sex workers
·     Child labourers
·     Child and youth parents
·     Unskilled
·     Orphans
·     Street Children and youths
·     Children and youths living in institutions
·     Neglected children and youths
·     Abundoned children and youths
·     Children and youth living with HIV/AIDS
 
NB: Priority is given to those children with multiple conditions above and are in dire need.
 
2.2. Secondary Target group
The secondary target population reflects stakeholders whose presence or absence may either lead to success or low performance of our work. For example in targeted households or communities where there are children below 7 years, but whose health and well-being is at risk say from preventable diseases may attract the attention of HUYSLINCI project. Or sometimes we require to work with policy makers and implimentators in order to succeed in our interventions for the OVCs. Therefore the following are the secondary beneficiaries for the project:
·     Parents/caregivers,
·     Local leaders,
·     Teachers,
·     Relevant local government departments and
·     NGOs/CBOs operating in the project coverage areas.
 
3.0. Project Activities:
3.1. Activities to Empower 700 OVC and Youths to reduce their vulnerability
·     Hold meetings with local leaders & other stakeholders mapping out their roles in project implementation.
·     Develop IEC materials on vulnerability of OVCs & Youths
·     Consultations with the village councils on issues of mapping out the most needy and agree on the criteria of selection.
·     Selection of beneficiaries in the 2 sub counties of Katabi & Kasanje. 
·     Training members from OVC households in modern small-scale farming.
·     Training of OVC household heads each year in income generation activities and basic accounting and business management skills. 
·     Facilitating the identified Income-Generating Activities (IGAs) for OVC Households.
·     Carryout an interest /needs assessment of the beneficiaries for matching with available vocational skills development initiatives
·     Identify local artisans and vocational centres in the two sub-counties (Katabi & Kasanje)
·     Training of the child mothers, child family heads and vulnerable single mothers who wish to enroll for vocational skills.  
·     Support extension services by technical expert to IGA beneficiaries 
·     Carryout quarterly monitoring visits by HUYSLINCI Field Staff.
·     Conduct exchange learning visits for IGA beneficiaries with like minded successful IGAs
 
3.2. Activities to strengthen capacities of local institutions and communities to promote and protect the rights of OVC and youths
·     Train OVC service providers on National OVC policy and guidelines and the National Quality Standards.
·     Training of community volunteers and teachers in care and support for OVC
·     Training of local leaders in child related policies, TOT on inheritance laws and will writing, community sensitization on children rights and responsibilities,
·     Facilitate events to observe and mark the day of the African child,
·     Hold mid term stakeholders meetings, and establish mechanisms for data collection, information sharing and dissemination.
·     Develop and disseminate guidelines for mainstreaming OVC in various sector programmes,
·     Develop and publish OVC service provider’s inventory/ directory,
·     Develop an annual newsletter to disseminate information on OVC programme, 
 
3.3. Activities for awareness on Community Health Insurance Schemes for fishing communities
·     Awareness Raising and Sensitisation monthly village meetings
·     Sensitisation meeting with landing sites management Committees
·     Sensitisation and awareness IEC materials
·     Learning Visits to Masaka (Nkozi Hospital)
·     Learning Visits to Luwero (Community initiative)
·     Training of HUYSLINCI Staff in the Modules
·     Sensitisation of leaders at Sub-county level in Katabi & Kasanje sub-counties
·     Feasibility Study to assess the ability and willingness to pay for the insurance scheme
·     Initial start up activities for the community-based insurance scheme
 
1.       The capacities of child care institutions to provide quality child protection services strengthened
2.       The legal, policy and institutional framework for programs that seek to protect orphans and other vulnerable children at all levels in the sub-counties strengthened.
3.       The performing capacity of HUYSLINCI to respond to the evolving needs children and youths in the District stregthened.
4.       Effective cordination and collaboration of NGOs/CBOs involved OVC service delivery in the targeted fishing communities.
5.       Increased levels of knowledge regarding the childrens rights and OVC policies and legislation among the targeted fishing.
6.       Member of the NGOs/CBOs integrate OVC and youth intervation and programimng into their activities
7.       The socio economic status of OVC and youth households improved through practical life skills and sustainable IGA
8.       The capacity of Children and Youth households and communities to provide basic needs to OVC is enhanced.
9.       Increase retention of OVC in schools around the fishing communities of Katabi and Kasanje sub-counties in Wakiso District.
10.   Improved access to health cares for household in the fishing communities