SAO Uganda is a child focused Christian founded non- governmental organization, affiliated to Baptist Union of Uganda with a national secretariat in Kampala and projects in Buikwe, Tororo, Mbale and Bukedea districts. Beneficiaries to SAO programmes are vulnerable communities irrespective of their religion.
Our Vision and Mission
VISION:- A holistically developed child within the community.
MISSION:- To empower communities to provide for holistic child development.
CORE VALUES:- Christian love, Stewardship, Integrity, Team work and Respect for diversity.
SAO Uganda is implementing Child Centered Community Development (CCCD) program in its partner communities. SAO applies child rights programming approach. In this approach, SAO refers to the children as Rights holders and all categories of multi-sectoral stakeholders that are responsible for child well being as the Duty bearers. The duty bearer category includes but isn’t limited to parents, guardians, local, opinion & religious leaders, school leaders, teachers, police officers, probation officers, health service providers, NGOs and CSOs.
The CCCD program is based on four main pillars of Child Survival, Child Development, Child Protection and Child Participation. These are all having root in the UN Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC). It is worth noting that children live in a family which does exist in the community. The major thematic program areas being undertaken by SAO to achieve the CRC outcome areas include; Food security, Technical Vocational Education Training for Out of School youths, Livelihood Development and environmental protection, Health and Nutrition, Education and ECCD, Plus child rights Protection and Participation.
SAO Uganda has three main strategic priorities namely: - Protect children (girls and boys) and their families to live their full potential and enjoy their rights; Strengthen the capacity of communities through sustainable local development initiatives; and Ensure timely, efficient and effective organizational and program.
In the Eastern region among other interventions SAO implements an integrated TVET training program for out of school youths. Over the past 2 years SAO has registered a number of achievements some of which are listed below
- Through established community structures, SAO identified and selected 40 out of school youths that successfully underwent a 3 months training in 7 different vocational trades that were selected by the youths after doing a market survey analysis.
- These included Carpentry, Brick laying and concrete practice (BCP), Tailoring, Welding, Snack making, Motor cycle repair and Hairdressing.
- These trainings have increased productivity and created self reliance among the youths who were previously redundant. Today 22 (16 male and 6 female) of the youths that underwent training are wage employed and 4 (all female) are self employed
- SAO established linkages with the department of industrial training (DIT) through which the youths who complete these vocational trainings are certified. This enables them to be recognized, go for further trainings and compete favorably in the job market
- SAO has also created awareness about the value of vocational studies in the communities through organising different sensitisation meetings for community members, parents, youths and other stakeholders at the district and sub County levels. Majority of the community members considered vocational trainings to be for academic failures, forcing out of school youths to remain redundant rather that joining vocational institutions. Through these engagements this perception has greatly changed. Parents to the youths are now supportive and are able to play their roles such as providing transport, lunch and tools during the trainings. This has resulted into community driven demand for more vocational trainings from the local government and other CSOs operating from this area.
- Sustainability structures have been put in place to ensure proper selection, completion of the trainings and linking youths to the job market. These include TVET committees comprising of parents of the trainees, members of the self help groups and opinion leaders. Mechanisms of joint monitoring with members of local government structures have also been established. These structures select local artisans, negotiate payments, regularly follow up and make periodic reports about their work.