Victims of sexual abuse are exposed to high risk of STIs, STDs and pregnancy, of which preventative treatment is usually at a cost that majority of Ugandans living below the poverty line, cannot afford thus putting survivors in more danger. In the same way, addressing the illegalities around sexual violence against children in Uganda comes with a lot of challenges while accessing justice through the justice system.
According to the Uganda Violence Against Children Survey (VACS), 2015 indicates 25.4% of girls among 13-17-year-olds experienced sexual abuse. Consequently, a higher prevalence of contemplation of suicide among survivors is reported due to depression, stigma and trauma.
To reach our target beneficiaries to provide a prevention pathway, we focus on schools and community outreaches. This strategy avails relevant and age-appropriate information to address issues of Sexual Gender-Based Violence [SGBV] especially defilement by also encouraging behavioural change practices through different team-building activities.
With the majority of adolescent girls in rural communities of Uganda struggling to live decent lives due to the hailing poverty, menstrual hygiene management becomes a nightmare to many who lack basic knowledge and sanitary wear to help them decently manage menstruation, where most young girls find themselves in compromising situations and end up using dirty rags, toilet paper or anything in their disposal to help them control the blood flow, something that has resulted into other dangerous infections.
KAKAF has established a community library in Mpigi district to help children from marginalized communities with no or limited access to learning materials for example textbooks and computers. The survey done by the district showed that 25% of the children from around Mpigi were born of Teenage mothers who were either victims of defilement, rape and other forms of domestic violence or at times forced into early marriages at a tender age with no livelihood skills to support themselves and their children or with no education to support their children in revision while in government-funded schools.