Early in 2014, Sustain for Life launched a programme at Mbale Remand Home in Uganda to improve the lives and livelihood prospects of children in detention, girls and boys aged 12 to 17 who have been in conflict with the law and are awaiting trial. Mbale is one of five remand homes in Uganda and some of the children there are among Uganda’s most vulnerable. Children in detention face a multitude of unacceptable conditions such as poor nutrition, lengthy periods on remand, poor sanitation and health, and lack of recreational and rehabilitative services. Given the limited resources from the Ugandan government, the detention centres are unable to provide children with their basic needs, psychosocial support, education or other rehabilitative services to prepare them for reintegration back into their communities.
How are we helping?
Sustain for Life is directly implementing a programme to improve lives and livelihood prospects for extremely vulnerable children detained at Mbale Remand Home through agricultural training and food growing, non-formal education, resettlement of children into safe communities, improved emotional and physical health and better access to justice within a safe environment. Specifically, we are:
- Improving the psychosocial and general well-being of children detained at Mbale Remand Home
- Developing the skills of children and staff in sustainable agriculture
- Establishing gardens at the centre, growing food and raising poultry to improve nutritional health
- Building the capacity of staff to enhance the delivery of services to detained children
- Limiting the time children are detained through facilitation of the justice process, tracing, family counselling and resettlement.
We are passionate about supporting children in remand and those sent to the national rehabilitation centre at Kampiringisa. With support from our partners, Sustain for Life aims to increase this area of programming and offer more children an opportunity for a positive, self-reliant future. Watch our news updates to see how we’re getting on.