The ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has announced that it has resettled at least 623 street children over the last six months.
Earlier this year, the ministry secured Shs 3.4 billion to resettle an estimated 5,000 street children aged between 7 and 17 years from the city streets. There is an estimated 2,000 street children in Kampala alone.
Florence Nakiwala Kiyinji, minister of State for Youths and Children Affairs said government has so far managed to evacuate 623 children off the streets. She said the children were taken to different locations in homes set up for their rehabilitation.
“We have three places and the children have been and they include Kampiringisa, Koblin and Masulita homes for rehabilitation,” she said.
Nakiwala added; “We provided them with what they requested for, as some requested for sports equipment, and so they are undergoing intensive training in which they're expected to participate in the East African street children competitions.”
Nakiwala said so far, there are three homes for the childrens' resettlemnt, but some other 139 homes are on standby just in case the numbers increase. According to Nakiwala, security at those homes is very tight so as to prevent the children from returning to the streets soon after admission.
“We are going to put a measure on people who come up claiming these children are theirs as DNA test will be exercised to confirm whether the two are family and such people will be charged with child negligence unless evidence is provided,” Nakiwala said.
She added that the ministry has improved youth standards through, for instance providing peace and stability, infrastructural development that has enabled over 20,000 youths involved in Youth Livelihood Program and about 8,000 youths are involved in Youth Skilling Program.
Nakiwala said this while addressing the media at Uganda Media Centre about the International Youth Day celebrations scheduled to take place in Jinja district today August 12. President Yoweri Museveni is expected to preside over the celebrations for the day whose theme is “Transforming Education for Responsible Citizenship and Creation.”
The celebrations aim at recognizing the numerical strength of the young people and their importance in achieving the aspirations of the state parties and activities to be carried out are community work.