Every day, ACSET Uganda is connecting with community members in Amolatar, Alebtong, Lira and Oyam to identify the most vulnerable youth and provide the support they need to survive, complete school and go on to more secure economic futures. It all began with Bruno returning home committed to doing more for those who do not have the support system he had, yet face periodic hunger, unemployment and increasing AIDS death rates.
Starting in 2014 as a partnership with schools, ACSET Uganda has grown to reaching 2,400 young people through community-wide supports. Like one young man, (Okao Andrew) who is now graduating as a grade III primary teacher from Canon Lawrence Primary Teachers’ College thanks to intervention with the local high school on his behalf. The community remains central to the ACSET Uganda approach in creating holistic approaches, including a kitchen garden program to improve women’s livelihoods. If a child can grow at home, she can do the same at school.
Our call to action: For ACSET Uganda, sending children to complete their education was just a start. The existing need in our community is for youth to gain a means to support themselves without leaving their communities. This is why ACSET Uganda seeks to establish a vocational training institute so youth can gain employment and uplift themselves and their communities. To start in 2019 with 200 students in carpentry, tailoring and welding, the institute will offer six-month courses on hands-on practical skills that prepare young people to earn a living. This new focus was inspired by the feedback from youth themselves who see vocational skills development as something to change their lives for the better.