UGANDA CARE LEAVERS
Uganda Care Leavers (UCL) is a social welfare project designed to support children, youths and adults who have spent all or part of their childhood in institutional care (also known as residential facilities, child care facilities and orphanages). UCL is jointly supported by Alternative Care Initiatives and BULA.
A growing number of children and youths in Uganda are leaving orphanages and care facilities. This is due to more family strengthening and child resettlement programmes, better oversight of child care facilities, which results in many closures, and the natural aging-out of the children in the 600+ orphanages. As a result, care leavers’ rights, needs and special circumstances now require an urgent response from government, civil society and other duty-bearers.
Uganda Care Leavers (UCL) is a response to that need. It is a social welfare project designed to support children, youths and adults who have spent all or part of their childhood in institutional care.
UCL is a jointly run social welfare project by
The key pillars of the Uganda Care Leavers Charter are:
1. Health and Wellbeing
2. Housing and Accommodation
3. Education and Training
5. Youth and Criminal Justice
6. Rights and Participation