The World’s biggest NGO Brac, is partnering with the World Bank and local anchorites in Uganda to support young children that have been affected by gender based violence.
Through the Support of Children’s Opportunities through Protection and Empowerment (Scope), the NGO says it has so far touched lives of up to 1,138 children that have been affected by Violence against Children (VAC) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in districts of Kamwenge and Kabarole in western Uganda.
The two districts were in the spotlight years ago, following reports that workers of a road construction company were implicated in sexual abuse of young girls in the area, which led to the Wold Bank pulling its funding for the road project.
In their Quarterly progress report for the months of March to May 201, Brac Uganda said the program, which started at the end of 2017 has so far seen 1,138 adolescents who are at risk of VAC and GBV enrolled into the program.
These, they say, have all benefited from financial literacy training and skills.
This number represents 130% of the target reach in the number of adolescents that the program had initially intended to reach at this time of the year.
The program, which is supported by the World Bank through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is aimed at supporting economic empowerment, vocational training, life skills and Gender Transformative training for adolescents survivors of VAV and GBV.
The program is being implemented in partnership with Kamwenge and Kabarole district local governments, Joy for Children, World vision and International Justice Mission.
Among other things, Brac Uganda has been carrying out community mobilisation campaigns to influence change in Social norms and behaviours to Generate and perpetrate VAC and GBV.
To achieve these targets, Brac Uganda trained and facilitated over 35 Behavior change champions at Brac learning Center in Lungujja Kampala for 5 days.
It also carried out 12 awareness raising sessions in different counties in the two districts