Welcome to Team Work Afrika

Team Work Afrika (TWA) is a local based, non- governmental, non-profit making organization, dedicated to establishing and maintaining developmental programs, finding and providing opportunities for children who are victims of HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cholera, Hepatitis, Diabetes, Pneumonia and absolute poverty, man-made and natural catastrophic conditions in Uganda. It was established in 2008, with an aim of promoting children’s rights and mobilizing resources for their well-being.

 

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Our Programs - Child Rights Advocacy

Child Rights Advocacy

Child Rights Advocacy Campaign

Team Work Afrika have been much involved in children rights advocacy in schools and communities in three four districts of Kampala, Kabarole, Kasese and Kyenjojo. We continue to raise awareness about all forms of child abuses in poverty - challenging environment asking policy markers and development partners to join the team in ensuring children’s well-being and development. Children in Uganda, remain one of the most vulnerable groups of the population, in spite of various efforts. Issues facing children in Uganda include and not limited: - lack of education, poor hygiene and sanitation, child neglect and sacrifice HIV/AIDS among others. About 2 million orphans, more than 70% are orphaned due to AIDS, with the total expected to rise to 3.7 million by 2015.

Approximately 20,000 babies are infected by HIV annually through mother-to-child transmission. Though, net primary school attendance has risen to 87% the quality of education is still wanting! Amidst the above, the horror of child abuse continues to increase. Despite the various interventions in the child welfare and protection sector, the number of children subjected to abuse is still unacceptably high. According to Child abuse and protection study conducted by ANPPCAN indicate that 16 Ugandan children were sexually abused daily in the first six months of 2009 it further shows that between January and June 2009, a total of 9,480 child-abuse related cases were reported to various sources including the Police, ANPPCAN Uganda and the print media. Of these, 2,594, representing 36% of the cases were defilement, 1,259 involved cases of child disappearance while 1,089 were cases of child stealing. According to the Uganda Police Crime Report 2008, ‘’a total of 3,760 cases investigated in 2008, involved children as victims of crime…and of all cases of ritual murder, Our research findings have found that the children need care in their first one year of life, this is the time when many are neglected due to inability of their parents to look after them.

An estimate by WHO shows those 150 million girls and 73 million boys less than 18 years experienced forced sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual violence involving physical contact (United Nations study on violence against children).
Evidence shows that girls who marry early often abandon formal education and become pregnant. Maternal deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are an important component of mortality for girls aged 15–19 worldwide, accounting for 70,000 deaths each year (UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2009). If a mother is under the age of 18, her infant’s risk of dying in its first year of life is 60 per cent greater than that of an infant born to a mother older than 19 (UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2009). Even if the child survives, he or she is more likely to suffer from low birth weight, under nutrition and late physical and cognitive development. Sexual violence against children is a gross violation of children’s rights. Yet it is a global reality across all countries and social groups. It takes the form of sexual abuse, harassment, rape or sexual exploitation in prostitution or pornography.

It can happen in homes, institutions, schools, workplaces, in travel and tourism facilities, within communities - both in development and emergency contexts, increasingly, the internet and mobile phones also put children at risk of sexual violence as some adults look to the internet to pursue sexual relationships with children especially of face book and afro-introduction on the case of Uganda There is also an increase in the number and circulation of images of child abuse. Children themselves also send each other sexualized messages or images on their mobile phone which puts them at risk for other abuse. Yet the true magnitude of sexual violence is hidden because of its sensitive and illegal nature. Most children and families do not report cases of abuse and exploitation because of stigma, fear, and lack of trust in the authorities. Social tolerance and lack of awareness also contribute to under-reporting. The Uganda police force is trying to fight early Child marriage according Media reports (TVs). Any union or marriage before the age 18 years for the case of Uganda is a reality for both boys and girls, although girls are the most vulnerable.


Our prime goal is to promote child participation and build resilience among children through improving access to quality psycho-social and rehabilitation support services, create an environment where police, parents, communities, churches and all other actors work together to protect children from all forms of abuse and exploitation by the year 2016.

 

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