Our Journeys

Throughout our journey from the past to the present, there have been numerous significant changes and developments that have shaped our experiences. From the early days to the modern era, our path has been defined by a series of remarkable moments, challenges, and triumphs. Reflecting on this journey allows us to appreciate the progress we have made and the valuable lessons we have learned along the way. As we continue to move forward, let us carry the wisdom of our past with us, embracing the opportunities that lie ahead.

Our Mission

To restore hope among vulnerable children, youths, and people in communities that have been affected by poverty, abuse, violence, diseases, and other natural calamities.

Fecane’s Objectives

  • To provide a holistic transformation transformation of young people and disadvantaged communities by offering training, empowerment, and exposure to life-changing innovations
  • To mobilize resources and establish educational opportunities for vulnerable children.
  • To ensure that children are safe, healthy and protected at home, in schools and communities.
  • To facilitate the rehabilitation of traumatized children through sports, music, dance and drama activities.
  • To support the community-led initiatives with focus on using sustainable technologies to enhance development.
  • To build capacity and sensitize children, youths, and people in communities on sexual reproductive health, rights, and other preventable viral illnesses like HIV/AIDS and chronic hepatitis.

Area of Intervention

Wakiso District comprises slum areas, for example, Bwaise, Nansana and others, which accommodate approximately a great number of inhabitants. Most of the informal settlements in Bwaise were built into swamps, which caused serious floods during the rainy season. Part of its residents came from rural areas of Uganda, seeking employment in the capital city. Others came as internally displaced people who fled to the capital from war-affected areas in northern Uganda. Moreover, Bwaise and Nansana accommodate a high number of refugees from neighbouring countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, and Ethiopia, forced to flee from poverty, famine, intertribal conflicts, and war.  Half of Bwaise’s population is living in an informal settlement, hoping for an improvement in their own living conditions. Fled from poverty in their places of origin, they are now confronted again with a challenging situation as they face a lack of access to most of the basic public resources such as water supply, sanitation, health care, and education. Accordingly, the unemployment rate within the informal settlement is tremendously high. Apart from that, over the past years, the population of Bwaise has struggled with an increase in HIV infections, which has caused a large number of households headed by orphaned children.  As all of the affected families face a lack of financial resources, they are not able to provide the monthly amount of school fees. That is why the majority of the children have very limited access to formal school education. Moreover, a high number of children are forced into labour in order to secure the daily income of their families.  Consequently, Bwaise has to struggle with a large number of school dropouts, whose future prospects are accordingly limited. Criminality, early pregnancies, forced marriage, prostitution and drug abuse are some of the major problems the area has to deal with.

Other areas include:

  • Kisenyi
  • Nansana
  • Rural Areas of Mukono
  • Masaka villages
  • Some parts in Northern Uganda
Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries of Fecane’s activities are the most vulnerable children and youths living in informal settlements. Living in an unprotected environment and struggling with a wide range of challenges, children and youths are in particular at high risk of becoming victims of rape or other physical violence, drug abuse, and forced child labour. Moreover, the lack of literacy and sensitization results in an increased risk of HIV infection. Having very limited access to formal education, the future prospective of the targeted children and youths remains a challenge to them and the community. Fecane’s work approach implies the empowerment of the target group at an early stage in order to reduce the risk of them becoming victims of their circumstances, unable to mobilize their own resources.