About Children of Ssuubi
Children of Ssuubi is a registered foreign Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Uganda. The organization was founded 2015 with Shadi Shafiee, a social worker from Sweden, as Director. The organization is maintained through Sweden and Uganda. While our team in Sweden is responsible for raising funds, our team in Uganda is responsible for running the work. Together, our mission is to do a difference in the lives of children living on the streets of Kampala. We do this through our weekly out reach programs, through our resettlement projects and through our school sponsorship programs.
Two times per week, we walk down to the slums of Kisenyi to reach out to known and unknown street children. Then we transport around 40 children to our center for programs. Our programs include:
To support our children with their poor hygiene our programs start with an opportunity to take a shower, brush teeth and wash and change clothes. Each child has their own kit of clothes, soap, and toothbrush.
One dream most of our children have in common is the dream of going back to school. During our programs we focus on basic education that will help our children to stay active, learn useful knowledge, and to get used to the school environment. We have life skill lessons with all kind of important topics from critical thinking to drug abuse. We also teach basics in english and bible studies.
Our children have experienced things children should never go through. Rejection by family, social exclusion by the society, trauma, violence and abuse are their reality and our work is to give these children the support they need to cope and get trough their experiences. We do this through group sessions as well as on on one sessions.
Children are full of talent and energy. Our goal is to encourage their interests through different activities such as dancing, singing, sports and art&craft. For once, they get to be children and just have fun.
Due to incredibly unsanitary living conditions our children face various illnesses on a daily basis. The smallest wound can turn in to a big infection due to the living circumstances these children are forced to live under. Therefore, our most important work concerns health care where all our staff members are trained in first aid. When our children are ill we provide proper care through a nearby clinic.
The poor living conditions our children live under force them to eat leftovers, dirty food or even no food at all at times. The food we give them during our programs might be the only proper meal they get through the week. Therefore, we give them two meals per program and make sure to give a nutritious meal of rice, meat, cabbage, fruit and plenty of water.
The second step is a placement at our home where children stay for a maximum of 6-12 months. During this time, we look into the circumstances of the child to find out how to help them further in our process.
We believe that every child has the right to a family. Therefore a big part of our work is to get to know the child’s story and work towards resettlement back to the family. Many children leave home due to harsh cirumstances at home such as abuse or rejection or because of poverty and the vision of Kampala being the city of opportunities. When they finally get there, they realize street life isn’t as easy as they though and they have no money to return.
No matter the reason of coming to the streets, our goal is to help our children and their families to establish a relationship again and in the best cases, be resettled back home. Each child has a contact person who is responsible for the resettlement. During the first year after a resettlement, we follow up through monthly home visits. During the second year, every three months until the resettlement is complete.
Our children dream of becoming pilots, mechanics, teachers and presidents. They dream high and aim for the stars. We believe that every child has the right to education and development. One of our goals is therefore to get as many children off the street as we can, and find them sponsors for school.
Most of our sponsored children go to boarding school while a few go to day school and live with their families. Our school sponsorship manager takes care of all our children in school and works with their families and schools.
Children of Ssuubi Sweden
Are you interested in getting more involved? Become a member of our Swedish non-profit association and be involved in the work we do in Sweden. The association’s main purpose is to raise funds and help the organization in Uganda to survive. We have a membership fee of 100 SEK per year. You will get news letters regularly, get the chance to participate in our meetings and can be involved as much as you want. Does this sound like something for you?
• Pay the membership fee to our Bankgiro: 5041-2881 or Swish 1234 417 234
• Write ”Member + Your name” as a message
• Send us an email notifying us that you are now a member so that we can register your email
Address: PO BOX 9858 Kampala, Uganda
Office number: +256 789 144 812
Shadi Shafiee, Founder/Director: +256 791 111 912
Address:c/o Lindholmsallen 43, lgh 1405, 417 53 Göteborg
Ordförande, Shadi Shafiee: +46739476596
Sekreterare, Tove Hedvall: +46734037195
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