Advocating for the Rights of Children


Grace Nakabirwe is a 1 year and four months old baby .The child was born normal but developed disability as a consequence of Quinine injection that was administered to her by some nurse. Quinine is a drug that used to be administered to people diagnosed with malaria. From that incident Grace has since then developed convulsions, a complication which led to epilepsy. Her backbone cannot support her and this has hindered her from crawling, playing or touching. The baby is both affected with both physical and cerebral palsy disability.


Joy for Children-Uganda (JFCU) launched Girls Not Brides Empower Project at Kichwamba Technical College in Karangura sub-county, Kabarole District, on February 13, 2014, with a march by local students, teachers, community leaders and JFCU staff. The launch was officiated by Rt. Hon. Harriet Nyakake Abwooli, deputy prime minister and minister for culture and children’s affairs, Tooro Kingdom.

JFCU Works to End Child Marriage

Child Labour, A Violation of Children’s Rights

Child labour in Uganda is still a major problem, especially among families whose income is low. According to a 2013 study by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), two million children are engaged in child labour—16% of the total 11.5 million children in Uganda. According to UBOS, child labour remains the major cause of child abuse, exploitation, and fundamental violations of children’s rights.

The Tea Trail With Simon Reeve

Photo Credit: BBC2

In Kenya and Uganda, Simon Reeve meets the people who pick, pack and transport tea. The film aired on BBC2, January 12, 2014.
Joy for Children-Uganda (JFCU) was featured in this one-hour film with our Executive Director Ntenga Moses discussing the difficult situation of many young children who are forced to work on tea plantations under harsh conditions and what can be done to reduce child labour.

Baby girl ‘married’ to 3-year-old boy

Kamuli—Relatives and friends of two families gathered in Butamira Parish, Buyengo sub-county, Jinja District, to conduct a marriage ceremony. The ceremony was not a usual one, though. The “bride-to-be” was a six-month-old baby girl, and the “groom-to-be” was a three-year-old boy.

JFCU Contributed to Regional Strategic Meeting on Girls Education and Training in Dar es Salaam

Joy for Children-Uganda (JFCU) participated in the regional strategic meeting on girls' access to secondary education and training in December 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, organized by Graca Machel Trust. The meeting attracted participants from Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa.

Message from Philanthropist Graca Machel

Human Rights Day 2013

Kampala, Uganda—December 10, 2013| Human Rights Day Celebration

Raised In The Hands Of Six Step Mothers, Dropped Out School, Married And Divorced At 17

Nalwada Esther (not her real name), 21, lives in a Kampala slum with her three-year-old daughter. When Esther was one year old, her mother abandoned her marital home to escape a violent husband, leaving young Esther with her father. While living with her father, Esther was raised by six stepmothers, who were not always present because of family violence.

Child Rights Education

Child Rights Education "No violence against children is justifiable & every violence against children is preventable"
Child Rights are fundamental freedoms and the inherent rights of all human beings below the age of 18. These rights apply to every child, irrespective of the child's, parent's / legal guardian's race, colour, sex, creed or other status.

Annamaija Paloniemi, Finland .

My volunteering period in 2011 with Joy for Children Uganda was one of the most interesting and memorable experiences of my life.
It greatly contributed to my understanding of the factors underlying child poverty.
Realising how unequal opportunities on the global and on the grassroot level affect individuals and communities was eye-opening.
I am very happy to have had the chance to meet so many wonderful people involved in Joy for Children's activities and can only hope that I have managed to give something in return as well.