Child Protection and Legal Support

ROM’s Legal Services Assistant provides legal information to clients on issues such as land rights, child and domestic abuse, obtaining birth certificates and will-making through weekly talks in client waiting areas. The Assistant then links those who require assistance to relevant organizations that provide legal support.

In 2015:

 

967 orphans and vulnerable children were sensitized on child and legal support.

156 orphans and vulnerable children were linked to Uganda Child Help Line for issues of child abuse.

153 caretakers of orphans and vulnerable children were linked to UGANET for property grabbing and ownership support.

104 orphans and vulnerable children were assisted to conduct birth registrations.

One female teenager was linked to WAKISA for teenage pregnancy support.

Victoria’s story

Victoria Nabirye has been a client of Reach Out Mbuya for almost a decade. She is HIV positive, but because of the medical services she received from ROM when she was pregnant and lactating, both of her children were born free of the virus. Since her son’s father died when her son was just 2 weeks old, she has raised her two children on her own. Her older son suffers from sickle-cell anemia.

On 9 August, Victoria posed with Reach Out Mbuya’s Legal Assistant, Salome Amali, after Amali had helped her acquire an official birth certificate for her younger son. He was born on July 5, 2009, in Naguru. The certificate is essential for her son to register in school and gain employment later in life.

“I don’t mind if the whole world knows my [HIV] status, because Reach Out Mbuya has saved my life,” she said.