Success Stories

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....

What We Do

Health Programs

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.

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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.

Sponsoring a Child At Inneed Home

What is child sponsorship?

Sponsoring a child is a wonderful way to help change the life of a child who is in need and bring hope to his or her future. Supporting a child through the Sandra Barbadoro Children Sponsorship Programme (SBCSP) will give you the chance to provide a life changing opportunity for a child in need as well as build a relationship with them if you wish.

As a sponsor, what will I receive throughout the year?

We will send you a sponsorship package by email (or hard copy on request) which includes a photo and profile of your child, as well as other information you may request. You can also expect to receive

  1. A hand-written letter from the child,
  2. The child’s photograph (Updated every 6 months)
  3. Scanned copies of the child's report card and reports on the child's overall well-being (if he/she is already in school)
  4. Annual News letter from In Need Home

Costs of sponsoring a child.
Child sponsorship in a primary school

  1. In a day school: $450 or Euros 350 or £293 per year.
  2. In a boarding school: $550 or Euros 430 or £360 per year
  3. Child sponsorship in a Secondary school (We have only boarding partner schools)
  4. Sponsorship costs $600 or Euros 470 or £390 per year.

How does sponsorship work?

The goal of Sandra Barbadoro Children Sponsorship Programme is to equip vulnerable children to step confidently into the future.
Sponsors can either make a one-time donation or a recurring annual donation. Re occurring donations are most welcome, we believe that sponsors get to see the positive impact they have on a child over several years. Your contributions solely focus on the child’s upkeep, this includes;

  1. Clothing – shoes, school uniforms and casual clothes.
  2. Direct school fees payment to well performing partnering schools.
  3. Education supplies - textbooks, calculators, notebooks, pencils and pens,
  4. Study aid - Additional Educational workshops, youth programs, holiday schools,
  5. Medical Care: This is for when a child gets sick, they can access good quality healthcare.
  6. Providing Food: Most children living in Namuwongo slum are denied food this is due to high costs of using toilets as they don’t have their own

When you sign up to become a sponsor, you join a family of special people around the world who share your commitment to support and empower children in need. Sponsoring a child is a great way to make a long term difference in Namuwongo Uganda. At In Need Home we believe that sponsorships are life transforming for both the child and the sponsor.

How do I send the funds for sponsorship?

In Need Home has opened a Bank account that allows you to transfer money from wherever you are in the world. After discussions with the Executive director in regards to the child you wish to sponsor the administrator will contact you with the details of the account.
Thank you for taking your time to read this, we hope to hear from you.

Girl Child Education Initiative

In Need Home’s experience in working with slum dwellers has found out that girl child in most cases is more prone to vulnerability than boys. Based on INH survey in Namuwongo slum 2015, 6 girls have been sexually abused by either relatives at home or neighbours who would be custodians to these innocent children. It is from this background that a whistle project and self-safety initiative was started in Namuwongo slum.

Our policy on recruitment policy considers a ration of boys to girls’ static at 3:7. Some girls are taken as child brides, and others are denied the most basic needs while others when they start menstruating, they miss school because of lack of sanitary towels. Therefore sponsoring a girl child is a great way to empower them. At In Need Home we believe that when you empower a girl child then you would have empowered a whole nation.

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Selection criteria and implementation

The numbers of children who need education support from the slums of Kampala are overwhelming. However In Need Home selects the critically vulnerable children by conducting a rigorous assessment exercise.
We use Community mapping procedures where we work with community leaders, opinion leaders to select critically vulnerable children.
We then employ a Child status Index tool that further scores a child’s level of vulnerability and then identify the critical need of the child.
We always employ a 4factor criterion that puts in consideration the following;

  1. Chronically sick children especially HIV/Aids
  2. Children with disabilities(CWDs)
  3. Orphaned children
  4. Out of school children (OOSC) especially those living in total abject poverty.

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Education - Sandra Barbadoro Children Sponsorship Program (SBCSP)

The main goal of Education services by In Need Home is to provide education support to vulnerable children who are unable to access school and education. In Need Home puts in consideration four factors

  1. Access to School
  2. Access to learning
  3. Retention in school  and completion
  4. Accessing success

This involves, identification of the beneficiaries, offering them skills in literacy and numeracy, giving psychosocial support to both caregivers and children and eventual placements to mainstream schools.