Uganda’s Response to Street Children: Investigating the Validity and Impact of the Kamparingisa National Rehabilitation Centre (KNRC) in Working with Street Children in Uganda

Street children have become a worldwide phenomenon and often solutions seem either to be short-sighted or instituted for alternative reasons besides the welfare of children. However, the world is slowly waking to the fact that there are consequences beyond human suffering to turning a blind eye to street children. Uganda has moved forward with a plan to get children off of the streets, rehabilitated and repatriated. This plan has the advantage of partnerships between different levels of government and NGOs. The response is a trial that focuses on Uganda’s capital city Kampala and includes relocating children to the Kamparingisa National Rehabilitation Center. As other cities in Uganda, and the global community look for answers which address the dynamic social issues presented by street children the KNRC response will undoubtedly be looked to as a potential model. However, even creative plans need to be investigated, examined and scrutinized before they can most effectively help children. Thus, this paper is designed to provide a broad overview of the KRNC model from the perspective of the main stakeholders in the community. 

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