My name is Baligaya Geoffrey am 19 years old. I joined In need Home when I was 6 years old. I did not have a chance of living with my parents. I only knew my mother who also died when I was still young.
At the age of 5, I came to my uncle in Kampala since my mother was also sickly and could not care for me and my sibling. Life at my uncle’s place was also difficult because he was never around since he used to work from out of town. He could only afford to give me 2kgs of maize +Read more....
My name is Kamahoro Irene i completed Senior four but my parents could not raise my school fees to continue with my studies. So I had to stop at this level.
In 2013 In Need Home picked me up when my hope was all gone since I was in the village facing a lot of challenges as a youth not in school. I managed to go to a vocation school where I had my dream come true. The organization paid my tuition and other school requirements. I did a tailoring course for 2 years and completed. +Read more....
Right to health is a survival right because it concerns life. With a decade of In Need Home working in slums, the lesson learnt is that the OVC and their households are far from attaining health services circumstantially because of abject poverty, low education levels and living in self-denial because of life full of struggles.
The ultimate purpose of health program by In Need Home is to address the most obvious primary health care challenges that OVCs and their HHs pass through routinely.
The following interventions by In Need Home form the key pillars for Health programs by In Need Home.
Feeding the hungry children: Our feeding program helps the vulnerable children living in slums of Kibuli, Namuwongo and Wabigalo to eradicate hunger and promotes school enrollment and retention in school. It also reduces and sometimes eliminates the need for vulnerable and orphaned children to beg on streets and pick food from rubbish bins in town to survive.
Slums are full of diseases, garbage and unsanitary conditions but also are habitats of very hungry children prone to diseases. In Need Home’s feeding programme every year registers success stories of the critically malnourished children who turn out to be nourished children in only 30 days after enrollment to the feeding program.
Two meals a day and breakfast are given and a child goes back home to sleep.
Accessing a toilet is quite a big issue in Namuwongo slum because it costs an average of 200 shs per visit. This has resulted to caregivers denying their children food to avoid them going to toilet. Quite often they would go to Nakivubo Swamp and use flying toilets but with In Need Home’s sensitization programs and community mobilization they have realized the danger in this practice. Therefore with toilet facilities availed at In Need Home centre near Namuwongo slum, children access toilet services. This is something that we don’t take for granted.
Periodic nutritional screenings among children is carried out and compare the nutrition progress in our children. This is also helps in growth monitoring of the children.
Every year the average of 100 hungry children are fed and this has supplemented to retention, completion and success in education by slum children.
Periodic Health Checks: Due to the poor socioeconomic conditions and severe lack of good hygienic living conditions in slums, diseases such as worm infestation have become widely prevalent and are major public health problem.
It has been a routine for In Need Home to investigate into worm infestations in the children living in slums and carry out a de-worming exercise.
The purpose of the periodic health examination is to evaluate health status, screen for risk factors and disease, and provide preventive counseling interventions in an age-appropriate manner. The goal of screening and evaluation is to prevent the onset of disease or the worsening of an existing disease. For example, measurement of blood pressure is intended to detect hypertension so as to initiate treatment and prevent subsequent morbidity (e.g., stroke or renal failure) or mortality. A further goal of the periodic health examination is to educate patients about behavioral patterns or environmental exposures that pose risks for future diseases.
In Need Home supports nutritional feeding program that provide one meal a day for thousands of children living in slums who are relegated to a life of poverty.
Your generosity is to feed these poor children with love and saving lives.
Research: In Need Home conducts collaborative action research in urban slum health among the children for better programming.
Currently a research about intestinal parasites among children living in slums is under way and we hope that findings soon will be shared for better slum health programming especially for vulnerable and orphaned children.
The research about malnutrition status among the children living in Namuwongo slum is also on going almost to its completion.
Evidence based programming at In Need Home is based on lessons learnt by In Need Home for the last 13 years working with slum dwellers and also the action research and surveys conducted.
OVC Household(s) Economic Empowerment Program (OHEEP)
The ultimate goal of this program is to strengthen the capacity of caregivers and communities to address the financial issues to ensure vulnerable children are able to access essential services, including safety, healthcare, education, and other basic needs. In Need Home facilitates the care givers living in slums to access savings without collateral, business credit, skills training, employment (including self-employment), market linkages, and value chain development. This intervention aims at addressing economic vulnerability.
Under OHEE program the following are addressed
Financial education: financial education empowers recipients to make wise financial decisions. It teaches people how to save more, spend less, borrow prudently, and manage debt with discipline. It can also help more experienced program clients understand an array of financial services, from money transfers to insurance
Income-generating activity: In Need Home helps its beneficiaries to carry out legal activities that can boost household income and living standards, including backyard agricultural/livestock production, micro- enterprises, handicrafts, briquettes making etc.
Market linkages/facilitation: linkages refer to information on or contact with buyers of products or services and/or with input suppliers. Facilitation helps ensure that entrepreneurs have contact with buyers/suppliers and can access this information. In Need Home does this to help its client’s access market and grow their enterprises.
Skills training: refers to the purposeful activity of transferring skills and knowledge to be used to secure a livelihood or pursue an occupation.
Village savings and loans: an informal microfinance model based solely on member savings and small, community-managed groups. Members pool savings and provide loans with interest to each other. The interest is then disbursed to group members, based on their level of savings, at the end of a time-limited cycle.