Mapping reveals 209 child domestic workers in Kampala’s slums

209 Child domestic workers have been discovered during a mapping exercise of child labour in the slums of Uganda's capital Kampala, by Terre des Hommes Netherlands’ partner Platform for Labour Action (PLA). In addition, PLA has found 52 victims of other (worst) forms of child labour.

Child labour

60% victims of child labour

In Kampala child labour is especially prevalent in the informal settlements or slum areas. Trained volunteers have conducted a door-to-door research to establish the magnitude of the phenomenon  in the slums of the city’s central division.  In total, 893 households have been identified as vulnerable, consisting of 422 children (245 girls and 177 boys). Sixty percent of these children turned out to be victims of child labour: 209 children were engaged in child domestic work, while 52 children were exploited in other forms of child labour.

Focus in Uganda

In Terre des Hommes Netherlands' programme to eliminate the worst forms of child labour, our partner PLA focuses on child domestic work as well as on children working in mining and quarrying. Within Uganda, the programme is concentrated in Kampala as the main urban centre and in various parts of the Eastern and Northern Regions, where mining and quarrying are taking place.

Eliminating child labour

Terre des Hommes Netherlands identifies and rescues victims of the worst forms of child labour and helps them going (back) to school or vocational training. We create awareness about the dangers of child labour and support parents or guardians to develop alternative sources of income. We train law enforcement officials to improve their knowledge on child labour and what they can do to effectively address  it. We lobby the government to increase its efforts to combat child labour: to enact and improve the application of legal provisions and policies against child labour, as well as to allocate sufficient budget.  In our programme, we work together with local and international organisations. Our programme is not only aimed at child victims of the worst forms of child labour, but also focuses on preventing vulnerable children from ending up in situations of exploitation, through support with education or vocational training.

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