Child Poverty

We help children and their families meet their basic needs and escape the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

Sub-themes:

1.    Child sensitive social protection - We work to ensure that both female and male care-givers have sufficient income at all times to meet the essential needs of their children for survival, learning and protection
2.    Child sensitive livelihoods - Families who are poor are resilient against disasters and shocks and continue to invest in their children's survival, learning and protection. 
3.    Adolescent skills for successful transitions - Our programmes are aimed at ensuring that adolescent girls and boys who are deprived have the opportunity to build the skills, networks and self-esteem they need to make the transition to safe and decent livelihoods.

To this end, Save the Children supports youth groups and farmer groups to undertake commercially viable agricultural enterprises that have the high profit margin. The organisation is currently working with 120 young farmer groups in Northern Uganda.

We support youth groups to develop bankable business plans, and provide start-up kits/small grants to groups with viable business plans. The groups will also be linked to other existing opportunities such as Government youth livelihood program, banking institutions for saving and borrowing for business growth among others. Save the Children currently works with over 350 youth entrepreneurship groups (10-25 members) in Northern and Western Uganda. This is a key platform for youth to gain leadership and entrepreneurship skills for agriculture.

Charles Asera from Western Uganda engages in poultry to earn an income.

Save the Children has worked with Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs) to improve livestock health and production in North Eastern Uganda. The work with CAHWs improves milk production and animal health and is helping the pastoralist communities to engage in large scale commercial livestock practices.

We strengthen children’s and households’ resilience to risks/hazards. We increase awareness and access to relevant climatic and non-climatic information for informed decision-making. Save the Children also supports community-based early warning systems linked to early action and response.

Save the Children makes use of youth-led market assessments to address gaps in youth skills for employment (self-employment and/or wage employment). We also partner with vocational training providers, community-based agribusiness training centers, extension workers, agriculture-focused vocational institutes and model farmers within our programme areas to offer flexible-short training (3-6 months) for  deprived youth.  This approach to vocational skills development over the past years has enabled Save the Children to attain results at scale, especially for youth out of school in hard-to-reach areas. Most of the targeted youths are now employed and earning basic income for survival and protection against abuse and exploitation.

We build the capacity of vocational tutors, local artisans and institutions to provide marketable vocational training/courses that can help vulnerable youth build their social assets and livelihood possibilities. We do this in partnership with the Directorate of Industrial Training.