Stay Safe Club

Stay Safe Club

Kampala, UgandaKampala, Uganda
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Giving Hope Foundation (No.S.5914/9068)works with disadvantaged children
& communities in Uganda that have been affected by poverty, abuse, violence & disease.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Uganda currently has a population of over 60% below the age of 25 and 40% below the age of 18. Children are faced with many challenges including orphan-hood due to HIV, lack of parental love forcing them into early sexual activities, lack of career guidance, lack of child development resources like toys and games, lack relevant life skills including empathy, exposure to disease and poverty leading to child labor, early marriages, school dropouts, drug abuse, prostitution violence and rights abuse among others.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Giving Hope Foundation has established 19 Stay Safe Clubs in primary and secondary schools in and around Kampala. The clubs are run and managed by students with the aim of providing a platform for students to discuss issues affecting them, allow for social interaction, participate in different sports activities and to receive free training on life skills, sexual reproductive health, rights and responsibilities for young people. Students are given action challenges, they are encouraged to go back into their local communities and practice what has been taught with every student asked for a feedback after two weeks. This ensures that everyone takes active participation in club activities. The best activity as chosen by students becomes the Champion of the Week, receives a Stay Safe Club T-shirt, is profiled on the Stay Safe notice board. Experiencing and sharing different life challenges in the community prepares students for the future.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

After talking to the school administration about forming the Stay Safe Club, we meet with student s and explain the idea behind the club, we then oversee leadership elections. This is the first step - students coming into leadership. Giving Hope Foundation provides basic materials to the leadership committee. We also have dedicated social workers who visit the schools regularly and invite different guest speakers to different schools. Since the inception of the program in August 2011, Stay Safe Clubs have helped raise awareness on Sexually transmitted illnesses among students, students have reduced on sexual activity and most have resorted to abstinence. The clubs have also helped equip different students with leadership skills. Students have learned how to distinguish between true love and lust, they are better equipped with skills of rejecting gifts as an enticement towards sexual advances by adults. Students have also learned how to form profitable friendships and how to reject bad peers without causing conflict. They have held debates on different topics including government policies, reproductive health, parent-child relationships, child rights & responsibilities. Students have generated a positive impact in the local communities by helping the elderly, talking to fellow out-of-school children on how to live responsibly and some have created working relationships with local counsel committees. One student brought an orphaned child who is now back in school. Some of the students are now participating in community activities like church and sports groups.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Giving Hope Foundation works with different NGOs in this program who kindly provide personnel to talk to students as guest speakers. we also work with local community leaders who give further information/feedback on activities being carried out by students in the Stay Safe Club. We work closely with school administrations who give us appropriate schedules for club activities and allow some students to visit other clubs. There are other NGOs primarily give scholarships to students and encourage those under their programs to befriend each other. We practically equip students with different skills in life. Like other NGOs, students expect us to provide sponsorships which we don't have. Poor students could view us negatively. Many schools want our services but we have limited funding.
About You
Organization:
Giving Hope Foundation
About You
First Name

Nolbert

Last Name

Muhumuza

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Giving Hope Foundation

Organization Country

, XX, Kampala

Country where this project is creating social impact

, KMP, Kampala

Your role in Education

After-School Provider, Coach, Counselor, Social Worker.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Private (tuition-based)

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Stay Safe Club program aims at sensitizing young people on living responsible lives, advocating for their rights & life skills training.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Students receive life skills training, apply them into their daily lives. This helps them in the future with informed decision making.

Social Impact
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.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Weekly support visits to each of the 19 clubs

Task 2

Monthly reports for the program to monitor attandance, participation, impact assesment and review of challenges

Task 3

Designing and distibuting relevant IEC materials to each of the clubs

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.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Mobilize at least 50 more schools to form Stay Safe Clubs

Task 2

Training of Trainers for new Stay Safe clubs

Task 3

Annual report on the impact of the clubs in the children's lives and the subquent influence in their communities.

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.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

We partner with NGOs like Kera Community Counseling, World Unification Team Uganda, Action for Disadvantaged People, Mengo Youth Development Link, World Hepatitis Alliance, Rotary International, Uganda Police, community leaders, religious institutions, schools, for-profit businesses and general community members and well wishers.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

1. CEO; Bsc. IT (Kyambogo University) with 7 years in social work.
2. Accountant; Bsc. Accounts (Nkumba University), 3 years experience in Banking and 1 year in NGO finance administration.

3. Coordinator; Bsc. SWASA (Makerere University Kampala), 8 years in social work.
4. Administrator; Bsc. LIS (Makerere University Kampala), with one year experience in social work.

5. Counselor; Bsc. Education ( Makerere University Kampala), volunteering.

6. Two Field Officers; Dip. Project Management (Makerere University Kampala and Makerere Institute for Social Development).

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list