RACOBAO supports quality education by addressing factors that predispose poor quality learning and poor quality teaching. RACOBAO also builds the capacity of relevant structures such as School management committees, PTAs, District Education office to effectively fulfill their mandate. This project is implemented in Lyantonde and focuses on primary education.
Under child rights protection RACOBAO creates awareness on child rights abuses, supports child protection structures; Sub County Orphans and Vulnerable children coordination committees, Child & family protection unit to fulfill their mandate.
RACOBAO conducts advocacy for better health through empowering communities to claim their health rights and other social services. Rights holders are empowered through formation of groups such as Community based monitors, advocacy champions, PLHIV Groups which monitor service provision and organized community forums where they interface with duty bearers. This program is supported by; Finn Church AID, USAID PATH, Independent Development Fund, and ACT Alliance.
STRENGTHENING PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, A KEY TOWARDS EFFECTIVE DELIVERY OF COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES TO ORPHANS AND OTHER VULNERABLE CHILDREN
By Kamugasa Andrew Timothy, District Probation and Social Welfare Officer, Lyantonde District
Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) has a mandate in
Child Care and Protection in Uganda. In 2004, the Ministry (MGLSD) came up with a National Orphans and other vulnerable children Policy (NOP) and the National Strategic Programme Plan of Intervention (NSPPI), frameworks for programming and service delivery to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC);
It should be noted that the child’s needs are holistic in nature and no single service provider can attend to all these needs which fall under the six Core Program Areas i.e Economic Strengthening, Food and Nutrition security, Education, Health and Basic Care, Psycho Social Support and Child Protection and legal support.
Both Government Institutions and Civil Society organizations provide services to OVC in Lyantonde District. Government institutions include schools, courts, local councils, health facilities, police, and the Community the DCDO, Community Development Officers and the Senior Probation and Welfare Officer, Resident District Commissioner (RDC)’s Office and Internal Security Office (ISO).
Others include community level structures such as Para social workers (community based child protection workers), child protection committees, village health teams (VHT), religious and opinion leaders.
On the other hand, the Civil Society Organisations in Lyantonde District include; Rural Action Community Based Organization (RACOBAO), Child Aid Uganda, Salama Shield Foundation, Building Tommorow Uganda. Others are Action for Integrated Community Development (AICOD), TALOF-Uganda Ministries, The Remnant Generation, Lyantonde Muslim Health Centre III and Organization for Community Empowerment (OCE). Mildmay Uganda too continues to play a fundamental role in OVC programming as the district Implementing Partner (IP)
Despite the collaborative effort between Government and Civil Society Organisations, Lyantonde District is still facing the OVC burden thus a need to strengthen public private partnership and to adopt the multi-sectoral model that can ensure that services reach Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) and their Households.
It is high time Central Government, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Private Sector, Implementing Partners (IPs) and Lyantonde District Local Government looked at each other as a partner since Child protection is a collective responsibility. For public private partnership to be effective, let us; change our mindset and emphasize stakeholder involvement in planning and implementation of child centered activities;
b) Embrace Coalition building amongst all children focused stakeholders (Central Government, District, CSOs, and private sector) to leverage skills and competences through Cluster Based Learning Networks;
c) Support coordination meetings through the extended District Orphans and Vulnerable Children Coordination Committees (DOVCCC) and Sub County Orphans and Vulnerable Children Coordination Committees (SOVCCC); and the District Chain linked Committee (DCC);
d) Popularize the II6 Child Helpline in collaboration with all child focused organizations;
e) Report timely; using the enhanced Orphans and Vulnerable Children Management Information System (OVCMIS) tools to create SYNERGY among the OVC service providers whose quality data can be used for strategic planning, budgeting and resource mobilization;
f) Strengthen the referral mechanisms among all child focused service providers as regards coherent delivery of services to Orphans and Vulnerable Children;
In conclusion, I urge all child focused stakeholders to embrace the public-private-partnership model to ensure comprehensive delivery of services to Orphans and other Vulnerable Children in Lyantonde District, since their needs are holistic in nature.
OVC Vision for Lyantonde District
A society where Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) are empowered to grow to their full potential, prosper and become productive citizens.
OVC Mission for Lyantonde District
To provide a framework that enables Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and their caregivers to realize their human rights and live to their full potential.
HOPE NEVER RUNS DRY!
Kamugasa Andrew Timothy
DISTRICT PROBATION AND SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, LYANTONDE
RACOBAO TAKES CHILD RIGHTS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON AIRWAVES
RACOBAO organized a 60 minutes radio talk show at Kaaro FM radio whereby the Officer in charge of child and family protection Unit Lyantonde district and the parish chief Katovu were hosted.
The 2 panelists fully Figure 7: Right to left- Kawuma Ahmed (Presenter Kaaro F.M), Ms Kabasindi Beatrice (O.C I/C child and family protection) Kalamagi Y. Gowan (RACOBAO’s Monitoring and Evaluation officer) and Mr. Tumwebaze Jonathan (Parish chief Katovu)
Explained the children rights, the mandate of different child rights actors and procedures one can take in seeking legal support at the different service points. The radio proved to be an effective means of communication by creating awareness to the wider community. Callers from as far as Isingiro district phoned in asking questions about the topical issue and all their questions and concerns were responded to.