Uganda Youth Welfare Services (UYWES) is a non-profit making, community based youth organization (CBYO) that was founded by a group of young professionals in 2006. These young professionals come from diverse fields of academics including social works and social administration, environment management, biochemistry, adult education, business, sports and leisure, accounts and medicine. These young professionals were born in the community of Kawempe division and experienced the different challenges of development that are evident in their community including; poor waste management, unemployment, flooding, poor housing, limited start up capital, poor health and sanitation opportunities. It is on this background that these young professionals came up with an idea of forming themselves into an organisation to respond to the different development concerns of the entire youth community in Kawempe division. In 2009, UYWES was fully recognised and registered with the Kampala city council, Kawempe division under community based organisations with registration number KAW/623.
A Uganda where youth achieve a quality and self sustaining life.
To empower disadvantaged youth with livelihood skills that will enable them live a happy self sustaining life.
To develop special program for the youth which are targeted towards the improvement of their general welfare.
To facilitate the development of the youth through their training in relevant skills, education, information gathering and research and co-operative and individual enterprises
To develop and implement special programs for the commercially sexually exploited youth and children.
To facilitate the development of the youth through their training in relevant skills, education, information gathering and research and co-operative and individual enterprises.
Uganda Youth welfare services has a program on drug abuse prevention were we create awareness through music dance
and drama and sport, building capacity of peer providers in drug abuse prevention, Awareness raising campaigns (drama shows, sports, community film shows, IEC materials development and dissemination), building capacities of stakeholders (teachers in schools, parents, local leaders & faith-based leaders, organizing youth get together fora and retreats, Referral for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) treatment, HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Behavioral change (through health talks, drama and film shows), Condom demonstration and distribution
Rehabilitation of sexually exploited children and youth, vocational skills training for these Out-of school, street and slum youth, Health awareness services especially referral for voluntary counseling and testing, safe medical male circumcision, sexually transmitted disease/infection treatment and management, Home visits and follow-up, and resettlement planning and Nutrition support.
UYWES has been building capacity for Child Rights Protection and here we raise awareness through campaigns among local councils leaders, teachers, employers, parents and CBOs, Parent support groups
Capacity building for stakeholders (Police Officers, Children, local councils, teachers and parents)
UYWES has a HIV prevention program were we raise awareness in the community, Community out of school youth sensitization seminars, HIV prevention peer educator’s training. Community HIV prevention campaigns through drama and film shows, radio and television shows and distribution of IEC materials.
Training of parents and guardians in home based care.
TWO MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS LAST YEAR
121 disadvantaged female youth and commercial sex workers were rehabilitated from survival sex, drug abuse and exploitative labour among others and empowered with life skills (self esteem, assertiveness, peer resistance) and employable, entrepreneurial and vocational skills such as crafts and jewelry, tailoring, computer literacy, catering, and shoe making in 2010-2011.
370 youth disseminated with HIV prevention messages and encouraged to attain Sexually transmitted infection and diseases treatment and management, family planning services, condom promotion among most at risk populations(young/adolescent commercial sex workers, street and slum children/youth)