Introduction to SCCU

SCCU was established in 2007 by Joshua Allans Lugya, a former street child himself, in an effort to improve the social, economic, and educational prospects of street children. The organization provides a pathway to rehabilitation through shelter, medical support, education, vocational training, counselling, sports, music and dance.

Who are street children and why is it a pervasive problem in Uganda?

A street child is any girl or boy who has not reached adulthood for whom the street has become his or her habitual abode and source of livelihood and who is inadequately protected, supervised or directed by responsible adults. SCCU divides street children into three categories: 1) orphans who have no other place to live except the street, 2) children who have a family but are abandoned and hence run away to the street, 3) children who live on the street during day but who have somewhere to stay at night.

Why are organizations like SCCU important in the effort to address the problem?

Although the Ugandan government has adopted strong domestic child protection laws and laws prohibiting child labor, there is a still an immense need for adequate protection and assistance in rehabilitating the children living on the streets. Hence, local NGO’s including SCCU have stepped in to provide vital protection and services to street children.

Joshua’s story

Joshua, the founder of SCCU, was 11 years old when his mother died and having never met his father and with no other relatives, Joshua’s only option was to live on the streets. For three years Joshua lived on the streets and survived by collecting plastic bottles and selling whatever he could find. At the age of 14, a Ugandan football player from the national team discovered Joshua’s talent for football and helped Joshua get a scholarship for a boarding school. After finishing school, Joshua spent some time playing football professionally. Inspired by the support he received to get off the streets and finish school, in 2007 Joshua founded a football club for street children which ultimately grew into SCCU.

SCCU’s objectives

•To rehabilitate and transform vulnerable children into productive citizens by providing them with skills for future development.

•To enroll vulnerable children into educational and vocational institutions.

• To protect children and their rights.

• To instill moral principles and social justice to vulnerable children and youth.

• To network with other humanitarian organizations, private companies, foundations and individuals for shared information and resource mobilization.

• To establish income generating activities for program sustainability.

• To resettle children to their families and areas of origin.

• To provide material support in form of basic needs during the rehabilitation process.

• To establish rehabilitation and resource centers in different areas with high prevalence rates of vulnerable children.

Vision

Improvement of social, economic livelihood of street, Ex-street children and other vulnerable groups.

Mission

To instill hope in the children and chalenge the public on the issue of child suffering and to bring them forward as pillars of tomorrow.

Aim

To create an out reach vision with deep concern and sympathy for the under prevailing groups i.e. street, Ex-street children and other vulnerable groups.

SCCU’s strategy

SCCU supports key elements that will improve children’s wellbeing through a comprehensive approach that ensures all vulnerable children have a healthy beginning and are protected from violence, neglect and abuse. SCCU and its Board set clear short term and long term goals which are then prioritized and adjusted based on the needs of the children and the extent of funds available to support each goal. The long term goals include strengthening the human resource structure at the center, promoting volunteer exchange to a larger extent, establishing additional skill-development projects, increasing income generating activities, securing land to carry out farming and setting up fully furnished transitional rehabilitation centers.