African Child In Need (ACIN) is an NGO that strives for long term sustainable health and education, child support, prevention and protection of child abuse and neglect through the strengthening implementation of activities in the areas of advocacy and service delivery, working with vulnerable children and communities for sustained impact dedicated to the reduction and elimination of poverty in the lives of vulnerable children.
ACIN is dedicated to ensuring that every child has the best chance for success. Our programmes give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm.
As caregivers of children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming childrens' lives now, we change the course of their future and more so for girls that are more likely to marry young, have children early and spend their life in poverty. We give girls the opportunity to receive education to improve their own lives and those of their families, helping to break the cycle of poverty by addressing the barriers and keep girls and boys in school.
African Child In Need (ACIN) runs programmes to provide the best practice social integration of children, youth and families, protect from risks and abuse, support children go to school, help young people to find gainful employment and families to be able to support and love their own children. In order to achieve this, ACIN has developed a holistic social integration cycle of projects that are implemented directly.
We are passionately concerned for destitute children and want to transform places of darkness into places of light and hope. We advocate for improved quality of life and preservation of the dignity of young persons.
To stand as advocates for vulnerable children, to release them from the bondage of poverty and enhance their academic status, to give health care, expose them socially and help them exploit their talents and gifts so that they become positive change agents in the community.
Our Aims and Objectives
- To identify problems faced by children in difficult circumstances.
- To create awareness among leaders and members of selected communities about the plight of vulnerable children to create will and commitment to help these children with special needs.
- To intensity and broaden creative and better methods of managing substance abuse among vulnerable children.
- To offer special care for children, protect them against torture, child labor, child abuse and child slavery, drug abuse and sexual exploitation.
Home for Street Children
To ensure that there is a shared understanding about the stigma of street children and how to address it. Isolation, Victimization, Discrimination, Rejection and Child Abuse. We make it possible for every child to go to school and prepare for their own future.
African Child Academy
It is long term sustainable education and child support, through strengthening implementations activities in areas of advocacy and service delivery, working with children and communities for sustainable impact, dedicated to reduce suffering and elimination of poverty.
Life on the street
Life on the streets usually means a life of invisibility. Street children are often shunned, ignored and excluded. Living on the streets means sleeping in gutters, eat out of the garbage and become dirty and sick.
Children living without family structure lack positive role models and are at greater risks of feeling powerless and disaffected to crime.
Life on streets usually means a life of invisibility especially so street children are often shunned, ignored and excluded in the society.
Street children are not pleasant to look at: living on the streets means being dirty, naked, and ill. One on the streets becomes vulnerable to all forms of exploitation, abuse and their daily lives are likely to be removed from the ideal childhood.
Education is often the first causality for an orphan. Children do not go to school because domestic burdens upon them become too great. They also become exposed to exclusion from other services including vital information about health, nutrition, and life skills.
Child Poverty in form of hunger and lack of opportunities.
Poverty of education and relevant training.
Parental abuse and beatings.
Child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, intimate partner or family violence, and exposure to community violence.
To reduce stigma, to ensure that there is shared understanding about the stigma of street children and to address it and deal with different forms of stigmatization: Isolation, Victimization, Discrimination and Rejection
To take the following strategies in combating the issue of stigma.
1. Create the existing national policies to advocate for the rights of vulnerable children.
2. Facilitate justice for children in conflicts with the law.
3. Create supportive legal frame work
4. Promote a more positive attitude.
5. Train caregivers in psycho social support
6. Discuss the impact of the stigma on children and other stake holders.
7. Support interventions to promote tolerance and care for stigmatized children.
8. Promote a better attitude towards the reduction and elimination of stigma associated with street children.
9. Promote community awareness of children’s right and legislation against discrimination.
10. Establish a children’s club to provide ongoing support and opportunities for social interactions.
11. Provide legal support and services for children, widows and grandparents, to advise them of their rights and help them obtain legal entitlement.
12. Integrate counseling and support to the affected people to help them deal with stigma.
Child and Family Safety: African Child In Need continues to promote high-quality prevention and intervention programs that promote child and family safety and reduce the long-term traumatic effects of child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, intimate partner or family violence, and exposure to community violence.
Location: Kampala, Uganda, Africa