Assend Youth Development Foundation was founded in 2011 as a street children initiative by a former street youth Mr. Kibande Moses Daniel who learnt about the real life of a street child and all the consequences a head, he then started sharing them with his peers, and in 2013 AYDF, was officially registered as a community based organization with registration NO, CEN/13/156 mainly to a power valuable communities/street children with valuable and marketable skills that enhances their potential to effectively participate in the development process of the country and at household levels by initiating practical skills development among themselves and hence improve on to their social wellbeing.
Realizing from the past research work carried out by AYDF on the causes and impact of street life on both personal and national development, and recognizing the escalating number of street children in Kampala suburb areas, AYDF realized the need to expand its areas of operation so as to bring about comprehensive and effective social service delivery to the target group, therefore in 2015, AYDF was registered as a non-government organization with registered number S.5914/11964.
To develop hope and self-reliance among vulnerable communities/ youth and street children to enable re-integration with their communities.
Empowering the local communities/street children to identify their potential by identifying and utilizing the available resource so as to cause national development and thereby promoting a positive social welfare.
Reduction of poverty among the poor/marginalized groups through initiating self-help projects
· Girls reproductive health awareness skills for girls (health, entrepreneurship loans)
· Community and home visits among others at our projects in Kampala New Project in Busega Kibumbilo Zone of Lubaga North "creative learning centre".
· Human rights Advocacy
· Economic Empowerment
· Documentation/proposal Developing and design
· Street Children/Community outreach
· Vocational skills training,
· Soccer program,
· Education support
· Resource mobilization,
· Counseling and psychosocial support
· Engage street children, orphan and other vulnerable children in Counseling and psychosocial support
· Vocational training skills (if the volunteers brings the skills)
· Engage the street children/ vulnerable children in sports/ Soccer program so as to promote talent and skills development
· Curry out/participating in community and home visits together with other staff, to see the life situation of the children living in the slums
· Participate in promoting functional literacy and numeracy among the street children that can prepare them for formal education
· Organizing, teaching and supervising the computer class
· Documentation/proposal Developing and design
· Street Children/Community outreach: this involves community HIV/AIDS awareness and testing. Street children counseling.AYDF is working on 4R module which involves Rescue, Rehabilitate, Reconcile and Resettle.
· Economic Empowerment: AYDF is working closely with vulnerable community households by providing small loans to set up small scale businesses that will enable them improve on their social welfare.
· Human rights Advocacy: AYDF works closely with the community leaders, religious leaders, police, local government, and central government to promote child rights and create awareness among the vulnerable community members and ensure safer place for child development
AYDF has different programs, it depends on the volunteers skills and interest where to engage, there is room for new activities.
Volunteers with social work skills but also other professions are very welcomed.
AYDF also welcomes volunteers with no profession but can use practical skills and experiences to perfect social service delivery to the needy people. However we expect volunteers adhering to our objectives to be active, take and participate in the organization's activities that fit his/ her interest in working with AYDF and share the knowledge with other staff members for perfect social service delivery.
Volunteers are supposed to be at the office by 9:00am until 4:00pm. However, in some cases volunteers may work longer hours but after discussing with the project managers
It takes 4,000/= UGX (to and from) from UPA to AYDF Centre along Northern by-pass Busega Kibumbiro (Kampala) by public means.
At UPA volunteer Guesthouse in Nansana
Comments from UPA
It is one of the inspiring projects that work for street children around the suburbs of Kampala. The volunteer/s interested in this project should have passion for such disadvantaged children and must be flexible since it is a special group for children with various backgrounds.
Most of the children can communicate in English; otherwise, translation is also possible at the project from staff and other local volunteers