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The Baaba Project - Uganda
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Baaba Project Manager
PO BOX 33140
Tel: 00 256 41 266742
The Baaba project is coordinated by GOAL, an Irish based humanitarian
organisation. GOAL is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of
the poorest of the poor in the developing world.
The Baaba Project operates in 5 areas of Uganda; Kampala, Jinja,
Mbale, Masaka and Wasiko.
Aims & objectives
The goal of the project is that the street children will be able
to exercise their rights to sexual and reproductive health within
an environment where information and services are freely accessible
and their rights are respected by the community and its members.
This is based on the premise that street children with increased
knowledge, skill and confidence are able to make their own informed
choices for a healthier future. The project adopts a variety
of strategies including advocacy, capacity building and peer
education to achieve this goal.
The Baaba project was established in January 2001 to promote the ability of
street children to exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights. Sexual
health was identified as a key area where street children were particularly
vulnerable and in which there were no existing interventions. The project began
with 6 partners and expanded to 12 within the first year.
The Baaba Project is a peer led sexual health
rights project for street children and youth. It works through
partner NGOs and reaches approximately 2000 street children directly.
It also targets local counsellors, police and child rights advocates
for advocacy seminars. Furthermore the project also targets local
communities through outreaches.
Involvement of children
The Baaba project is peer led. In the local language, Luganda,
a Baaba is a respected older brother or sister who advises and
guides his or her younger siblings. The Baaba project centres on
300 Baabas. Street children thus play a central role in the project.
The project receives the majority of its funding
from MAPS (Multi-Annual Programme Scheme), Development Cooperation
Summary of project
The Baaba project is a peer led sexual health rights (SHR) programme
for street children. It seeks to mainstream SHR into on going
street children interventions and into the activities of other agencies
that impact on the health and welfare of street children and
youth. The project revolves around a group of 300 trained peer
educators (Baabas) who plan and implement SHR activities within
partner NGOs, on the streets and within surrounding communities.
The Baabas are trained in HIV/AIDS and sexual health issues,
as well as participatory teaching methods. The Baaba project
uses role-plays, drama, song, dance and puppetry as means of
promoting their message and involving people.
The project also runs
workshops on sexual rights of street children for local councillors,
child rights advocates and the police. Street
children perform role-plays and give testimonies about living on
the street. The performances are instrumental in breaking down
prejudices about street children.
The project seeks to build the capacity
of local NGOs by providing regular training to staff on HIV/AIDS
It also promotes
networking between NGOs and encourages the formation of partnerships
with interested service providers to improve access to street friendly
sexual health services.
The project has successfully reached the
target group with HIV prevention messages
and cooperation between partner NGOs
Advocacy seminars for the police, child rights advocate and
local leaders have been effective in breaking down prejudices
Baabas have assumed positions of responsibility
within NGOs and are increasingly demonstrating leadership skills
capacity of NGOs to confront HIV/AIDS has increased.
behavioural change as a result of peer education activities.
High turnover of Baabas due to resettlement
of outreaches due to police round-up activities
in following up on 1 day trainings with police, local leaders
Difficulties in developing consistent policies
across NGOs due to the diversity of needs and expectations
in maintaining effective and real partnership with local NGOs.
The project builds the capacity of the local partners. Increasingly
these partners are planning and managing their own activities with
support from GOAL staff. GOAL intends to withdraw fully from the
programme by 2006.
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