Since we opened the doors of our home to our first child, we have created a safe, nurturing environment in which children who are in transition, those who need a safe place, and those who are homeless find a loving nurturing home and critical protection away from predators.
Too often, our girls tell heartbreaking stories of sexual violence. Some as young as 7 years of age. Predators take advantage of under protected and vulnerable children, trusting that this – coupled with the children’s ignorance of their rights, fear of being blamed or fear of stigma will keep them silent. Sadly, it often does. Others are sold by their own family to what we call Pedophiles, in exchange for land or money.
In response, during the long 3rd term holiday of 2017), we launched SAVA. Sexual Assault Victim Anonymous. Through SAVA, we address recovery and coping tools such as writing, art therapy, workshops, group sessions, debates, music and dance.
We also teach the children to avoid potentially dangerous situations, and steer them towards replacing ignorance, fear and panic of dangerous situations with confidence, awareness of personal boundaries, safety skills and sexual and reproductive health information.
Each child that we take in is registered with the Kabale District Probation Office, and has a court court.
We hired a female security guard from a reputable security company. The home is gated and enclosed within a strong fence, with rules and regulations pertaining entry and exit.. Within the home, each older child is paired off with a little sister through an annual ballot, and they become each other’s responsibility for that year. We encourage our staff, community members and educators to be proactive in issues pertaining to child protection.