Our soccer activities take place 3x/week but offer so much more than just a chance to relax and have fun. A typical day for the teenagers that CCU work with often consists of washing in the unclean Gulu dam, followed by the worry of where their next meal will come from. On soccer days, however, we provide porridge in the morning. Through the training they learn also different values, how to work as a team and form their social character. The sports meetings are also a great chance for us to understand and chat with the children about their situations. Through this, we are able to intervene and bring children with diseases or injuries to a doctor.
At CCU, we refuse to allow children to suffer or lose their lives because of being unable to afford a simple malaria test, at 1,50 Euros or the treatment for an easily managed infection. The children know they can come to us at any time and find support, so we try to take care of their health as best as we can by performing first aid, taking them to clinics and regularly monitoring their health. We help children, affected by HIV to get their daily treatment and go with them to their monthly check ups.
GOVERNMENT & POLICE
It often happens that homeless children get beaten, tortured, imprisoned or even killed. Together with the police, community leaders and the heads of the government we try to intervene, release and protect them.
We speak with community leaders and the police about the situation the children are in and see ways to raise awareness and to develop their status in the community. We are part of the GBV Child Protection Group, Gulu and coordinate activities with the probation office and other organizations in our monthly meeting. It is important to convey the views of the children in order to open the eyes of those responsible to the situations the children are in.
HOME VISITS & RESETTLEMENT
Our main goal is to find a safe place to rehabilitate and improve the lives of homeless children, those with disabilities, those who need support in their families, and those who are not attending school.
The children we are working with are registered by our organization in order to allow for better monitoring and follow-ups of individual situations. At CCU, we reach out to the children's’ homes lives to understand more around why they are in the situations they are. We talk to community leaders to see if and how a child could be resettled back home, and how to best support the child from there. At CCU, we understand that, if possible, the most important place for a child is at home with their birth families.
Many children have not the chance going to school due to different reasons. During the pandemic, schools were closed and are only partly opened now. We provide home schooling for the beneficiaries to keep track with the knowledge they need.
Some children are already able to go attend class at school and are supported by our sponsorship program
CCU helps young women, who dropped out of school through our tailoring project. Within 6 month they learn the practical and theoretical skill the need to implement a business later. Through workshops like liquid soap making, youth in the communities gain skills and business opportunities.
In our center we teach them life-skill and social skills in order to be responsible and self-confident people.
COUNSELLING & GUIDANCE
Through talks, prayers, spiritual guidance and counselling we are able to gain a deeper insight into the situations of the children and can encourage them to have faith and hope in their situation changing. Many of the children would love to have a supportive figure in their lives, but for most this is not a reality, so we try to find solutions together.
CCU does NOT SUPPORT ACTIONS OF CRIME OR VIOLENCE and is counselling the children on how to live a more balanced and cooperative life within their communities.
Together with LC1, Family and witnesses we talk, counsel and decide if children can be resettled
To address problems at the root, we need so influence the families, children are living in. To prevent them from dropping out of school, from ending up being homeless or being exposed to violence, we raise awareness in the community.
We hold meetings with parents, leaders and other parties to address questions they might have and educate them about children's rights. By knowing the heart of parents and the struggles they are in it is easier for us to help them in their individual situations and prevent worse things to happen.
We feel blessed having the opportunity to raise awareness about the rights of children living with disabilities, educate about GBV and domestic violence and positive parenthood.
LIVING LIFE TOGETHER
In our rehabilitation center we have space for 10 boys. Living together like a family involves not only the basic needs of hygiene, nutrition, medical care and a bed to sleep in. By showing them love, guiding them in their daily life, advising and counselling them we are able to be light in their lives.
We celebrate successes together, comfort each other in need and help the beneficiaries do develop a new mindset of hope. Hope, that they can make it, hope that someone is believing in them, hope, that they have a worth and there are better things lying ahead.