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The art for children rights project
Since I’m from the disadvantageous remote society where children rights are not well cared for and I am one of the children whose rights were not well cared for, I decided to start my own project THE ART FOR CHILDREN RIGHTS PROJECT. This project aims at helping the children from different part of the country not to go through the same problem I experienced. Actually the I went through the problems like child abuse in some circumstances like
1> Over beating and corporal punishments by the parents due to any little mistake in the home. This beating is sometimes caused due to the poverty of the family when the parents doesn’t want any annoying mistake and this makes them to harm the children by beating them
2> Over working the children for example doing the hard works like the quarry work. To be with the truth I myself was once the child working in the quarry site in Kalongo where I lived till my father passed away in 2009, so for this made me to start the project to improve on the right of the other children so that they don’t face the same forms of child abuse I went through.
To add on to that I also faced the problem of proper schooling. When my father passed away, in 2009 I sat for my PLE and in the other year 2010 I was supposed to go for senior school but I had no school fees so these problems made me to repeat the class in the village where Ben Parkinson found me and made me what I am today. For these I give him respect and honor together with thanks. I also thanking the sponsor of my project together with school sponsor for helping me and the project to advance, continue helping me and the project so that am able to make other children succeed in their lives and change the country
So, in this project I have managed to make the art pieces for children rights improvement and making the notice advocating about the children rights and also making the videos to sensitize people for better living of the children as the future of the country.
SOME OF THE FORMS OF CHILD ABUSES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING
2>Defilement. This is the abusing of the child sexually by some older ones.
3>Child sacrifice. Is the process of offering the child to the witch doctors or the undersea gods in order to get riches. Some of the children are also beheaded by some of the sacrificers due to the demand of the witch doctors.
4>Raping. The issue of catching the child by force to have sex.
5> denial from schooling
6>denial from food
There are many rights each child possess in the country as follow:
Right to eat, schooling, right to good clothing, right to be close to the family members, right for proper medication,
SOME OF THE RESULTS OF CHILD ABUSE
Leads to the growth in the number of the street children because after being mistreated the child he or she will decide to leave the home
Child sacrifice leads to the death of the children before they reach their age of helping the parents and these denied the child life.
How the project is doing to advance the information over the communities to help sensitize the improvement of the children rights:
>>we always draw and paint the pictures concerning the child abuses in the communities and make some of the posters to teach the people on how to handle their children for their well being in the future, and also making some of the collages or kind of craft works to make our works easier as shown below.
So, in the above crafts we come up with different forms of child abuses to teach the people in the community examples.
This shows the drunkard father. Drunkardness always leads to very many home misunderstanding like
Divorce in the home between man and the woman (parents) and this makes the child to fear living in the home and also denial of the child. So for this makes no proper care to the child.
This shows the man seriously beating the child for the single mistake and the child is asking for forgiveness
This shows the child being given heavy load which is not good for the health of the child.
This show a man abusing the child sexually which is defilement case.
This shows the child being sacrificed by the parent having the knife in the hand to kill him in order to get wealth.
This shows the child herding the cattle in the bush instead of going to the school. This means he has been denied schooling.
This shows the child with the fingers being burnt because of stealing the 1000 shillings [25p/15c]. This practice are always done by the step parents of the child.
>>we also advanced to start making the videos with the kids of Acholi quarter to tell some of their life stories on how they are mistreated in any form of child abuse in the community he or she is living.
We are also looking forward to starting the writing of the articles and sending to the news paper to make the information from the project advance to the other parts of the country to make the people from different parts also understand about the project so as to make them support the children around them.
On top of that I as the manager of the project also started to make some sensitization in the village where I live and some understanding people are very happy for them. Some children in the village also became confident to talk over their rights in the communities they live.
IF YOU ARE THE ONE CONCERN IN THE COMMUNITY EXAMPLE LC 1 [local council chair person] WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR THE IMPROVEMENT ON THE CHILDREN RIGHTS?
PLEASE LET’S JOINT HAND TOGETHER FOR THE CHILDREN
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS PROJECT TO MAKE CHILDREN RIGHT AND LIVES EASY FOR SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE
CHANGE IS ME,
IT’S YOU, IT’S US.
From Dr Linda Nowakovski, Economist, Teacher and Butterfly Mentor
For several years I have had the honor of mentoring a number of Butterfly students. I have been fortunate to be available and able to help in times of crisis (when one of the girls got malaria and needed medication and nutrition that her family could not afford, or when there wasn’t money to make it through the next month. I have also had the opportunity to help students set up a sophisticated Joomla based web site – young teens who were motivated and dedicated and persistent. These students have faced obstacles that most of the students I have taught over a more than 40 year teaching career would have collapsed under. They are knocked down, get up, and are ready to take on the next obstacle.
The Butterfly project has learned to find some of the most promising impoverished students and works to educate, encourage, and empower them to make change in their communities. They are educated to think and ask questions. They are encouraged to dream and act. They are empowered to make a difference in their communities, to help lift their communities out of dismal poverty. These differences can be agricultural, informational, cultural – they can be anything that crosses their minds to raise their neighbors and families self esteem and worth, to lift the confidence of people who have come to believe that they are worthless and will never rise out of their current conditions.
The building of the Chrysalis Campus would give the program stability and permanence. It would provide a center of growth for a program that has the potential of spreading around the world making the entire world a better place. As a caterpillar is wrapped in its chrysalis to enable its transformation into a spectacular butterfly, this Chrysalis center can provide the nurturing of these children as they are transformed into what Ghanaian economist Dr. George Ayittey refers to as Africa’s new Cheetahs (See George Ayittey on Cheetahs vs. Hippos).
The Butterfly Project members that join us need a lot of guidance in the early days. In time the Ten Tenets will just be one of many sets of guiding principles that they use to fit individual situations, but thse have been checked to prompt early thinking about the lives of the young people, to inspire them to improve in areas traditionally poor for young African people, due to circumstance and to raise a fw new issues, such as “professionalism”, which needs defining for them and which young people are not expected yet to be.
Our plan is that Butterfly members will have careers as changemakers and these tenets will help them achieve this, by assisting with their decisionmaking, inspiring them to do better and lastly to keep them together as a reliable group that others feel they can depend on.
- Concern for others, not just friends and family
- Equality – beggars to presidents
- Passion to do good
- Responsible for ourselves and our environment
- Productive and Punctual
- Think ahead
- Set high but achievable goals
In time we will ask a few of the Butterfly members to choose one of the tenets and discuss why it is important to them.
For now, this is where we think the Butterflies may fly…
If you would like to help them achieve their chosen changemaker careers, then click through to the Chrysalis Campus Appeal
Child Development Professional Dr. Christine Parkinson gives an insight into her experiences of mentoring in the Butterfly Project
Children at the Chrysalis Centre love to paint and in 2009 we were approached by the Kushinda organisation to participate in a project which would create some art pieces, which the world had not seen before. “Imagine us Here” was designed to provoke a response from people around the world, who could now start to see the conditions that children lived in slum districts through their art. The work produced was to be exhibited at the Bayimba Arts Festival and some of the most memorable pieces of artwork were produced by talented teenage artists during this project.
Those artists are still together and drawing and painting at the Chrysalis Centre and in 2011 we asked them to produce some special Butterfly pieces, that we could perhaps use to decorate our Chrysalis Centre.
Today, you can acquire a high resolution copy of one of these art pieces for your own personal use, just by supporting our Indiegogo Campaign. For just $10, you will be supporting the building of a permanent site where slum-based and remote rural children in Uganda can learn how to develop talents, whatever they may be and you will be receiving your very own high resolution Butterfly through the email. Most of the images are 1920 x 1080, though some are larger.
Here are the options:
This year is a special year for the Butterfly Project. We’ve proved our point. Young people living in slums and remote rural areas can learn very quickly to be social entrepreneurs. Every member of our project has now delivered a social project, some have delivered several.
Here’s some of the highlights of 2012:
Francis Ssuuna raises £1000 through his Slum Run campaign, providing support into school for 17 children, a 300,000sh (£80) Emergency Fund for children living in slums and £250 towards our Chrysalis Campus.
Eunice Namugerwa has her project featured on the front cover of “Update” a magazine for voluntary action in the UK. This is Eunice’s third concurrent project that she has been working on, including a choir for girls, an art project for and now a dance project for small children.
Mercy Moro was nominated last week to be the Face for Youth against HIV/AIDS by New Vision media Group. Mercy has been running a project for girls in the Acholi Quarter slum, raising their awareness of STDs and HIV/AIDS.
Last night Byamugisha Gilbert was featured on the programme “This is Kampala”, for his work in supporting children in Kampala slum areas. Gilbert teaches children how to paint, but he has been running fashion shows for girls and also has taken his traditional and contemporary dance groups to the National Theatre.
There are many more stories – just explore this blog - and currently there are twenty young people on the Butterfly Project, each with a story to tell about their project.
But in 2013 our project must find a new place to be based, as our current place is being taken back by its owner. We’ve been supported by Birmingham architects APEC, who have designed us a self-sustaining campus, which requires no electricity and no water, other than that provided by rain and sun. We believe this campus can be situated anywhere in Africa, but this first one will be located in Kampala.
We want people to be very excited about our project and what impact it can have on the world, as we support the development of more and more young social entrepreneurs, so we’ve devised a range of rewards for supporting us, which you will be able to use and remember for years to come.
Sorry that this is a teaser, but we want to encourage you to go to our Indiegogo campaign, where all the rewards are detailed. However, as a taster, you could have a talented artist in Kampala draw your Facebook portrait and then mail it to you, as a thank you for supporting us.
Lastly, if you’ve never supported anything before, then the Butterfly Project is a great place to start. You don’t pay for huge charity salaries, your money multiplies itself many times over, as by supporting these young people in their community work, then you are helping thousands impacted by what they do. Supporting our Campus is ten times cheaper than buying an equivalent building in the UK or USA. Maintaining it thereafter is 20 times cheaper, as people are demanding much lower salaries and we work with many volunteers.
You believe that Africa should help itself? Well this is the sure way to kickstart this approach – training corruption-free youth, with energy, creativity and problem-solving ability will create a new environment in Africa, where talent can flourish and capability recognised. Then they won’t need us any more, as Uganda will be a new country of opportunity, a product of its own excitement for life, not some agenda of a foreign power. However, if no one supports this first process of giving opportunity to the young people that want to make a difference, then this self sustainability will take a long time in coming and aid will continue for many decades to come!
This is your chance to be a Pioneer and join the worldwide supporters of the Butterfly Project – training young social entrepreneurs – so please click through to our campaign to find out more!
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My name is Atube Joel and I am 15 and from Namokora in Northern Uganda. The project I am working on is called ART FOR CHILDREN and I have started it to help children understand their rights through painting.
My project started in 2011 in April. The project deals with the drawing and the painting of the pictures on how the children are really mistreated by their parents and the communities they live in. According to me as a young social entrepreneur, it really feels very bad to see my fellows are mistreated. That made me to start the project mentioned above.
In a brief description, the children’s right refers to the right of the child to have the special needs that they desire from their parents and the communities they live in.
In this project, we paint in a way that can sensitize the community about the proper caring of the children. The local councilor of the community should be responsible for taking action on those groups of people who abuse children in the communities they live.
These acts always make the children uncomfortable in the communities and are types of children’s right that I see ignored often in my village:
- RIGHT TO EAT. As a child, he/she have the right to eat in order for them to grow well and healthy. This also gives a child an opportunity to do work, play among others because It has given energy. Proper foods with good diet help the child’s body to fight certain diseases because it provide them with the body immunity.
- RIGHT FOR EDUCATION. A child have right to be educated. Their parents have to take them to school so that they get knowledge to make them literate and this make them good future generation for example, they may be doctor, pilot or even president which may lead them to better life in future.
- RIGHT TO INTERACT WITH OTHERS OR PLAY. Children have right to interact with others to make friends and get physical exercise to make their body fit and healthy. These make them to learn more from their friends and be social in the community.
- RIGHT FOR MEDICAL CARE. Children have right for good medical care from their parents if they are sick. They are suppose to be taken to hospital by their parents to make them recover from the disease attacking them and this make them feel the love of the family on them.
- RIGHT FOR GOOD CLOTHING. Children have a right to have good clothing. These should be provided by the parents of the children. This makes the children very happy with their parents and stays comfortable in the community with their fellow friends
- RIGHT TO STAY CLOSE TO THEIR PARENTS. Children have the right to stay close to their parent to make them enjoy lives together, know where their family started from, and know their homeland as their parents could tell them.
Here is a video of my work:
When we paint, we usually paint about subjects that concern us, such as child abuse and so I am giving some examples here of some of the types of paintings we have done:
1. CHILD NEGLECT
This is the situation where by some parents or the guardians of some child neglect or refuse their children for several reasons and among others include the following
- If the child that has lost his/her parents is HIV positive, the guardians may refuse to take care of the child.
- If the child keep on doing wrong things that are always costly to the parents some of the parents may refuse to regard them as their child to reduce the rate of the waste of the money.
Child neglect may lead to the rise of the street children, which normally cost a lot to the government.
2. CHILD LABOUR.
This form of child abuse is majorly carried out in the rural areas. Children are made to carry heavy loads for example in Uganda you can find a 5 year old child being forced to carry 10 litter jerry can of water which may lead to internal injury like the cracking of the back bone.
3. CHILD SACRIFICE
This is the act of giving the child to evils in order to find something like richness. Some of the children are taken to the witch doctors who may kill them or pick away some parts of the body
Child neglect also lead to the death of some children because of the attack by the disease and have no one to take care and give them medical care. Some can even decide to commit so aide due to hard life they are facing.
4. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AND BATTERING
This involves the serious beating of the child by the parents in case of any small thing he have done wrong e.g. like if the child refuse to do certain work the parents ordered for. Some of them are also refused food from home by the parents. So, this makes me to come out with the idea that parents should always learn to analyze the situation where by their children are going to find why they always do wrong and try to solve the situation or problem but not just by beating every time they do wrong.
WE HAVE MANY MORE PAINTINGS ON A RANGE OF SUBJECTS AND WE WILL TRY TO POST THEM SOON.
ADVICE TO THE PARENTS.
Parent should always give necessary supports to their children in order to make them enjoy their rights, good living in the family and then make them to be the good future generation
Let them have chance to educate, play with others, enjoy time with family members etc.
ADVICE TO THE CHILDREN.
Children should always show much more respect to their parents, follow their instructions and do what they tell them to do.
THE PROBLEM FACING MY PROJECT.
Problem of requirements for running the project like paints, brushes, painting papers, sketching pencils, and some washing soaps to give the members since painting dirty them a lot.
Communication to transfer the messages from the project to improve on the children’s right.
Please support my project so that we fight against child abuse together.
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Yesterday, 12th August, the day that Stephen Kiprotich won Uganda’s first athletics medal for 40 years and the first medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games, our runners set off on their Slum Run. Here are a few compiled clips of action that took place yesterday.
Slum Run 2012 Compilation video
For the 2013 Slum Run, we are looking for partners who work with young athletes in slum areas around the world, so we can work together to raise the awareness of the conditions in which children and young people are growing up, but also the talent in sports, art, music and drama that abounds in these areas amongst young people, yet mostly remains untapped.
You can still donate to the kids who took part in the Slum Run 2012. They are part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games, as the run came about because Francis Ssuuna, its founder, decided to develop a “Slum Olympics” in Kampala.
You can support Francis and the kids of the Acholi Quarter by donating to our new Campus and earning rewards at our new Indiegogo campaign.
More photos to follow…
The Slum Run event is almost here and the support we have received so far has been really very encouraging – many thanks to those who have supported so far and we are already planning our next Slum Run event.
Each runner in the Slum Run will be sponsored an amount to cover or contribute to their fees. Each go to different schools and are at different stages to their education, so we are working to support them at 60,000sh each for this. Each will also receive a Slum Run T-shirt, a nutritious pasta pre-meal, drinks during the Run and fruit after the run, to rehydrate. This will total around £22 per participant. For 17 runners our primary target is therefore to reach £374.
Donate here to help us reach our target.
If we can pass this target, then the remainder of this holiday we will deliver new activities for the Slum children, through our Butterfly members, who are also taking part in the run:
Francis Ssuuna (17) has been the architect of the Slum Olympics and is responsible for the Slum Run idea. It is his athletics club that has provided the runners for the Slum Run 2012 and Francis will also be running the 10,000m himself, so we are supporting him too. Francis is still at school and because of a background of living in poverty, he has missed several years of schooling. Francis will be working with Nancy Lakot to bring in girls into the Project Circulate during the remainder of this holiday period, as well as completing the Slum Olympics Programme.
Nancy Lakot (15) is also running and, at the moment, is the only girl with the confidence to run in the Club. Nancy has a lot of experience with developing confidence amongst Acholi girls and so she will be recruiting new athletics members into the running club. Additionally, Nancy will work with the girls living in the slum, giving confidence-building activities, such as dance and music. She has devised a programme with Francis for slum-based girls and we want the Slum Run to support these activities, if we can reach the primary target.
Joel Atube (14) is running and is a young artist, who has developed a project to raise the awareness of children’s rights amongst children, by giving them the opportunity to paint the issues and fears which they feel strongly about. Previous art has included “overbeating of children”, “alcholism of parents” and even the fear of “abduction and sacrifice”. The Slum Run will support Joel in providing these art activities during this holiday period. The idea is that it is fun, but also that it empowers children, who live in an area, where their rights are often abused.
Charles Obuk (14) is working on drama as a means to communicate the dangers of society for children. Charles is also running the 10,000m, but his main focus has been in developing strategies to become a useful social entrepreneur. If we can support him through the Slum Run, Charles will be writing a plays on such subjects as “Running away from Home” and he will discuss with his group of young actors in the slum area about what the main things are that concern them and then produce a film of the play.
Peter Akena (13) is an excellent runner and footballer, but his project is focused around producing news and putting it into a newspaper. If we can support him through the Slum Run, we will produce a new issue of Acholi Quarter News, a newspaper which broadcasts the thoughts and concerns of children living in the slum district. You can see his previous issues at Acholi Quarter News.
Each young Butterfly member costs £10 per week to support at the Chrysalis Centre. After that, we have just their material costs, for instance art materials. Supporting them costs approximately £200 for the work they do in the community, which empowers them to be leaders, but also provides activities for many local children in the community.
Our second target is thus £574 for the run. If we achieve this, then we will put 50% of the remaining money into the Chrysalis Campus Fund, which is a new building to support children living in slums in Kampala, but also a training centre for children all over Uganda. The other 50% will go into an Emergency Fund for slum-based children.
Donate here to support the Slum Run
If you would prefer not to use Paypal, then you can also send a cheque (in sterling) made payable to Social Enterprise Africa CIC, 31 Prince of Wales Lane, Birmingham, B14 4LB
In the Butterfly Project, money donated works very hard. All monies go to Uganda, directly to the young people.