What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Three girls with the help of club members have convinced to stop prostitution and have now settled and focused on completing education.
Twelve children who were being used as child-laborers have been integrated back into school, offenders have vowed never to employ children again. This was a result of a child rights training and a commitment exercise in Stay Safe Clubs.
Parents have been been encouraged to take children back to school due to the exemplary behavioral changes displayed by students under the Stay Safe Club.
There was open drug abuse by young people in one of the communities we operate. Due to the consistent presence of a school soccer team and good behavioral lessons offered after training, there is no more visible drug abuse among youths in this community.
Young girls are no longer being seduced by commercial motor cycle riders following trainings on self-esteem, self awareness and non-violent conflict resolution.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
We expect to have reached over 35,000 students through the Stay Safe Club program as active and regular members.
We expect to expand the program to different regions of Uganda i.e. Western, Eastern, Southern, West Nile and Northern regions.
Past club members will also act as trainers and mentors for new members in corresponding clubs as well as agents for social change in their communities.
We expect to have communities where children are respected and involved at different level in society as responsible citizens where they live.
We expect to have reduced the rate at which young girls drop out of school due to unwanted pregnancies as a result of Stay Safe Clubs in schools.
Children who are able to advocate for their own rights, socially responsible, and morally upright.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Schools have very busy schedules and might sometimes not allocate enough time for the Stay Safe Club activities. Schools will be approached in time, and where necessary agreements signed to ensure continuity. We will strive to ensure measurable impact of the program, schools will therefore feel the need to allocate enough time.
Students could feel that there is little time between school and club activities and could opt to drop out. We will always keep activities simple, fun and practical so as to reduce boredom.
With the expected expansion, there be a need for more social workers supporting the clubs, publications and indeed financing. We will actively seek funding for this program before we make further expansion.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Existing 19 Stay Safe Clubs meeting regularly and well supported with Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
We expect to have reached over 10,000 students through the Stay Safe Club program as active and regular members.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
The Aha! moment for Stay Safe Clubs came during a dinner of founders in June 2011 when one member told his story.
He had a family conflict with his parents, they wanted him to drop out of school after Ordinary level certificate and find a job because he was the eldest son. He wanted to continue into Advanced level and eventually achieve a degree at university.
Because of the conflict he was chased away from home, found his way to the city through a well wisher and miraculously secured sponsorship into Advanced level. But he had no home!
He found a corridor between two close houses which he made his home, with one bed, he was later joined by three other homeless friends from the neighborhood. His home would be filled with water when it rained, it was surrounded by hideouts of drug abusers, meals were never a must.
Despite the challenges, he went on to achieve a Bachelors degree in Marketing. Stay Safe Club was then envisioned to encourage slum children to have hope and focus.