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Introducing Uganda Care Leavers

By Mai Nambooze In 2016, BULA and our partner in Uganda, Alternative Care Initiatives (ACI), launched an amazing programme called ‘Ugandan Care Leavers’ (UCL). This programme aims to bring together, network and support those children, now young adults, who spent some or most of their childhood growing up in a child care institution (also known as orphanage, children’s home, baby home or children’s village.) BULA and ACI firmly believe that children belong in families and the research shows institutional care to be damaging to children, particularly for the younger children during the early years of development. Children growing up in institutions are more likely to suffer from poor health, physical...

“[BULA] makes me feel important and revived”

Along with BULA’s new look, comes a refreshed mission and a brand new video to reflect the exciting work underway. Over the past nine years, we have worked closely with a group of children in Uganda to ensure their access to basic needs and quality education. In that time, we have also done our very best to secure their rights to privacy as they develop into bright young adults. Now, with their permission, we are shining a light on the very youth who inspire our ongoing efforts to empower children and youth in vulnerable situations. Through their own words and experiences, let them show you how BULA’s efforts  – to improve their...