Preventing violence against children
Annual youth camp by MVU, Uganda

IHEYO member organisation Mentor Volunteers Uganda (MVU) held its annual youth camp from 28 August to 4 September at Lake Victoria school Entebbe Wakiso District. The camp gathered 48 young people from Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Kitgum and Apac Districts. The theme was ‘ preventing violence against children’.

Facilitators were Mentor Volunteers and Uganda Red Cross Entebbe Branch, Mission with Youth Rights, Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL) and PCY Youth Truck.
Young people understood the causes and the consequences of different forms of violence against children, taking into account the various setting in which violence take place both private and public in urban and rural communities.

Among topics covered were:
violence, the cause of violence, physical violence, maltreatment, exploitation including sexual abuse, worst forms of child labour, where does violence occur, young people and HIV /AIDS, Child Rights, young people and Volunteering.

The activities included among others:
community out reach involving theatre performance on children’s rights, videos shows on STI /STDS by PCY. And athletics, netball, swimming and football which were held at Lake Victoria Primary School play ground.

In attendance were organization directors from Kitgum, Apac, Wakiso, Mukono and Kampala District. The camp was officially opened by the Executive Director Mentor Volunteers Uganda on Monday who explained the role of Mentor Volunteers Uganda and its future plan

4th of September marked the end of the International youth camp. 48 young people received certificates of attendance that day, the day was colorfull with representative from Entebbe Red Cross branch. The next activity will take place in Tanzania between 10 th-20 th Dec 2005 at Dar-salaam. It will bring young people from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania and will provide opportunity to young people in East Africa meet and share ideas in relationship to personal development.

Segawa Ephraim, Executive Director MVU