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Uganda Youth Development Links (UYDeL) is a NGO with a mission to Enhance socioeconomic transformation of disadvantaged young people through skills development for self-reliance. Working with youths aged 10 – 24 years who are vulnerable to exploitation and at risk to HIV/AIDS infection, UYDeL runs a vocational skills and rehabilitation centre at Masooli in Nangabo Division. This is accompanied by two drop-in-centres in Rubaga division at Nabulaggala of Kampala city, and in Mukono district, Mukono Town Council division in Kitega. The drop-in centers work closely with mobile outreach posts in Kamwokya-Church area zone, Kalerwe-Dobbi Zone, Bwaise-Bokasa zone, Nateete-Kajjumbi Zone, and Makindye-Mubaraka Zone for recruitment, assessment vocational skills training and rehabilitation of the young people.

Our Goal is To enhance human capital development among the disadvantaged in Uganda.

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Alcohol consumption and drug and substance abuse among minors and youths remains particularly high in Uganda because of a number of factors ranging from laxity in law enforcement to environmental factors. UYDEL is a pioneer NGO in alcohol, drug and substance abuse prevention in slum areas and schools. UYDEL has developed and runs programmes that are focused on prevention strategies in terms of community outreaches, seminars, drama and film shows, counseling, psychosocial support, sports and recreation and vocational livelihood skills training. UYDEL has also conducted studies to examine the magnitude of alcohol and drug abuse and has made recommendations for interventions in project areas.

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In 2002-2005, UYDEL established four (4) youth friendly drop in centres and 12 mobile clinical outreach posts in the communities with the support from African Youth Alliance (AYA)/Pathfinder International/UNFPA; which provided Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) information, family planning counselling and STI treatment to 1,800 Adolescent Commercial Sex Workers (ACSWs) and 600 street/slum adolescents. Between 2007-2008, UYDEL coordinated a network of 14 organisations implementing ASRH information and services in Mukono District with support from International Council on Management Population Programmes (ICOMP). This intervention trained 100 youth peer educators and 20 health service providers from participating organisations, created formal referral systems between government and private health facilities.

Currently, UYDEL is implementing a Health Matters Project with a breakthrough of increased male youth involvement and beneficiaries in the project implementation process. A greater involvement of owners of entertainment places where most children are exploited including bars, lodges and karaoke dancing places as well as utilization of peer educators and former beneficiaries of the program has helped UYDEL reach more male clients (from 35 to 77 male young people).

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Children are the most vulnerable in our societies and are highly at risk of labour exploitation, Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSEC) and trafficking. Although some gross violation is reported in the media, to police and other authorities, many more cases of child abuse are not reported at all due to such factors as remoteness of hard to reach areas, ignorance of the population about opportunities for redress and weak child protection structures. It therefore follows that even the few cases that are reported, children do not get the adequate help, protection and justice they need due to structural and operational challenges in the child protection system. Therefore child abuse remains a major challenge in Uganda especially among the destitute and poor communities.

UYDEL works to empower disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized street and slum youth with social cognitive life skills that will enable them to reach their full potential. Strategies are blended to promote prevention through community education and involvement and to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate vulnerable children with their families. UYDEL also works to withdrawal and rehabilitate victims of trafficking in persons and sexual exploitation, particularly children trafficked and exploited in commercial sex activities, and labour exploitation including domestic service, scavenging and hawking. The organisation offers them a temporary shelter, medical, psychosocial, humanitarian and legal assistance, vocational and life skills training and reintegration with their families.

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Uganda was one of the earliest countries to experience a generalized AIDS Epidemic with a population of 34.6 million, of whom of 1.2 million (6.4%) are living with HIV and AIDS. More women are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS than men, and at younger ages, accounting for about 57% of all adults living with HIV and AIDS. Beginning in the late 1980s, the Government, Non-government organizations (NGOs) and the International Community launched an aggressive public health response to AIDS.Perhaps as a result of these efforts, substantial declines in HIV prevalence have been observed since 1990s. In an effort to contribute to the reduction of the HIV and AIDS prevalence among vulnerable and marginalized young people in Uganda, UYDEL in collaboration and consultation with the communities and the vulnerable young people designed the HIV and AIDS Prevention Intervention which is aimed at contributing to the implementation of the National HIV and AIDS Strategic plan 2007/8 – 2011/12. Read more


Dreams is an ambitious partnership aimed at reducing HIV infection rates among adolescent girls and young women in 10 Sub Saharan African Countries. UYDeL is partnering with other stake holders to meet the goal of developing girls into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe women.

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Vocational skills training is aimed at achieving skill levels sufficient for the vulnerable young people to find either employment in the competitive market conditions or to start gainful self-employment. Identification of vocational skills courses is made by social workers based on children's interest, skills and level of education, resource availability and labor market assessment.

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