Activities

SOCCER PROJECT

Our soccer activities take place 3x/week and offer so much more than just a chance to relax and have fun. As part of the training, the youth are also taught  different social values like teamwork and forming their social character. The soccer project is an awesome opportunity to talk to youth, who would not come for counseling by themselves and to get to know them better. Training and matches provide an informal way 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.We organize friendly matches and participate in tournaments to motivate the team to work together. You can support our soccer project through a monthly donation or by being a sponsor for a child to play soccer for one year. Interested?

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C.C.U.-ChildrenCareUganda

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Training
Training

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Focus
Focus

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MEDICAL CARE

Support in emergency
Support in emergency

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Caring for our children
Caring for our children

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Treating wounds
Treating wounds

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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 by providing transport and accompanying them to their monthly check ups.

The small health center in our village is not well equipped and many people cannot afford the transport to town which has created a high need for better medical care in our community. Therefore, we would like to build a small clinic on the premises of our rehabilitation center in future. If you are interested in sponsoring this amazing opportunity, send us a message and we will get back to you shortly! 

COOPERATION WITH

GOVERNMENT & PARNTERS

It often happens that homeless children get falsely beaten, tortured, imprisoned or sometimes killed. Together with the police, community leaders and the heads of the government, we try to intervene for their release and protect them.

We speak with community leaders and the police about the situation the children are in to raise awareness and to improve their status in the community. As part of the GBV Child Protection Group in Gulu, we coordinate activities with the probation office and other organizations through our monthly meetings. It is important to convey the views and perspectives of the children in order to open the eyes of those responsible for the situations in which the children find themselves.

Through the cooperation with local and international partners, we are able to achieve more than alone. We love learning from each other and working hand in hand with organizations whose goals are aligned with ours.

Click here to find out more about our current partners. 

Also our beneficiaries are participating in the events
Also our beneficiaries are participating in the events

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Exchanging ideas with the former RDC of Gulu
Exchanging ideas with the former RDC of Gulu

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Local Partners of Gulu District
Local Partners of Gulu District

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COUNSELING & HEALING

make a wish
make a wish

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Spiritual Guidance
Spiritual Guidance

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Guidance of the youth of our community
Guidance of the youth of our community

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Through talks, prayers, spiritual guidance and counseling, we are able to gain deeper insights 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 and join them on their journey.

Prayers are an integral part of our daily work, as much internally among our team as during the activities we carry out. Having a relationship with God restores hope and opens doors in a miraculous way.

Family and couples counseling rebuilds and strengthens relationships. In the individual counseling sessions, the beneficiaries can open up in a confidential set up, talk about their feelings and receive encouragement for their individual situations.

HOME VISITS & RESETTLEMENT

The children we work with are registered with our organization in order to allow for better monitoring and follow-ups of individual situations. At CCU, we reach out to the childrens’ families to understand more about why they are in the situations they are. We involve community leaders to see if and how a child could be resettled back home, and how best to 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. That’s why children who live in our Rehabilitation Center go through a program with the goal to be resettled after. Therefore, family counseling and guidance plays a big role when visiting their homes.

Home Assessments are done for anyone benefiting from our organization. Our tailoring beneficiaries, the children under the sponsorship program and the youth who attend skill trainings are visited at their homes with their families so that we can gain a better understanding about their lives and find ways to involve the family and community to support them. 

On the way back home
On the way back home

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Happily reunited
Happily reunited

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Sitting with family and community leaders
Sitting with family and community leaders

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COMMUNITY SENSITIZATION

How can we fight violence against children?
How can we fight violence against children?

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GBV Community Dialouge
GBV Community Dialouge

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Community coming together
Community coming together

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To address problems at the root, we need to positively influence the families and communities in which the children live. To prevent them from dropping out of school, from ending up being homeless or being exposed to violence, we conduct sensitization  events in the community. 

We hold meetings with parents, leaders and other parties to address questions and educate them about children's & women's rights. Understanding the struggles the parents are in, and where their hearts are, makes it easier for us to help them in their individual situations and prevent escalations. 

We feel blessed having the opportunity to raise awareness about the rights of children living with disabilities, educate about GBV and domestic violence and to teach about positive parenthood. 

We would like to start a Radio Talks Show to be able to reach more people in Northern Uganda, than we can through a dialogue. If you are interested in sponsoring one of our sensitization events, you can find more information on how to support here

EDUCATION & SKILL TRAINING

Many children do not have the chance to go to school due to different reasons. During the pandemic, schools were closed for almost 2 years and were just re-opened in January 2022. During the lockdown, we provided home schooling for the beneficiaries living at the rehabilitation center and were able to re-integrate them into school this year.

CCU also helps young women who dropped out of school through our tailoring project. Within 6 months they learn the practical and theoretical skills needed to open up their own business. In our center, we teach them life-skill and social skills in order to be responsible and self-confident people. Through workshops like liquid soap making and business skills training, youth in the communities gain skills and business opportunities.

There are still many children registered with us who have not been able to return to school. By sponsoring a child, you can give someone the opportunity to go to school in order to change their life and secure their future. More info about the sponsorship program here.

Be creative and always ready to learn
Be creative and always ready to learn

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Supporting young women and single mothers through tailoring
Supporting young women and single mothers through tailoring

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One of our beneficiaries, who we support from their homes
One of our beneficiaries, who we support from their homes

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LIFE AT THE REHABILITATION CENTER
Playtime
Playtime

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One of our beneficiaries with our dog "Kaizy"
One of our beneficiaries with our dog "Kaizy"

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we love our beneficiaries
we love our beneficiaries

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In our rehabilitation center we have space for 10 boys. The children living with us are identified by our social worker and the probation office. All of them come from very vulnerable backgrounds. Some were homeless, some are orphans and some experienced violence at home. 

Living together in a family does not only involve the basic needs of hygiene, nutrition, medical care and a bed to sleep in. By showing them love, guiding them in their daily lives, advising and counseling them, we are able to be light in their lives. Our children are going to local schools so that the reintegration process can start even while they still stay with us.

We celebrate successes together, comfort each other in need and help the beneficiaries develop a new mindset of hope. Hope that they can make it, hope that someone is believing in them, hope that they are valued and that better things lie ahead.

We are only able to support the children in their daily lives through your kind support. If you would like to get to know the ways in which you can donate to our cause, you can click here.

WOMEN AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

We love investing in our next generation by planting hope in the lives of youth and young women. In our community many young people are jobless, have dropped out of school or have become teenage parents, often all three. We want to prevent young people from ending up on the street just because they are looking for a "better life" in the city. 

Through business skills trainings, counseling, sports activities and handcraft workshops we plant perspective into their lives.

We carefully assess the situations the young people are in to be able to provide programs according to their unique needs. 

Each week, about 60-100 youth from the community participate in our activities. We also support young single mothers and teenage mothers in their journey through parenthood by trying to activate their family system and provide support in emergency care. 

We are only able to support the children in their daily lives through your kind support. If you would like to get to know the ways in which you can donate to our cause, you can click here.

Girls Power
Girls Power

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Practice of the traditonal dance group
Practice of the traditonal dance group

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Girls meeting at the Rehabilitation Center
Girls meeting at the Rehabilitation Center

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