OUR EAST AFRICAN PROGRAMS

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Our projects in East Africa
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We have realized that the East Africa religion is experiencing unprecedented and increasing levels of migration of women and girls to the Middle East for domestic work. In transit and on arrival, these women are at high risk of abuse, exploitation and of falling into situations of slavery. At the same time, high numbers of women are returning from situations of servitude in the Middle East in need of mental health, legal, integration and other support. Footprint to freedom seeks to create alternative livelihood options among women and girls who are most likely to migrate, as well as returnees; Through survivor-led empowerment groups, community-based savings and loan mechanisms to overcome economic, personal, and social barriers and open new employment opportunities.

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Our East African survivors network

Footprint to Freedom uses a regional coordinated network of survivors of human trafficking with an advisory board consisting trained survivors of human trafficking. They mediate and advise on the situation of trafficking of East African girls and women to the Middle East. We strive for the common goal of combating trafficking in human beings and exploitation the vulnerable population East Africa.
The project will facilitate a range of different services and activities in both sending and receiving countries ( Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates) Under the umbrella of East African Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force which will meet several times a year to discourse new strategies and challenges and implement new actions plans to Prevent trafficking: through advocacy, education, training, and poverty alleviation programs and providing alternative solution to migration.

Our strategic aim in East Africa

  • To stand up for human rights
  • To provide support and protection
  • To provide education and training (empowerment).
  • To promote inclusive slave free communities
  • To coordinate activities between the countries
DOCUMENTARY
”A SERVITUDE SLAVE NOT BY CHOICE’’

The purpose of this anti-human trafficking film documentary is to sensitize the public, policy makers and the labor union about the dreadful experiences of East African victims of labor exploitation of East African women In the middle East and sensitize them about the drives that push young women to take risks to work in the middle East despite of all the warning  ( due to take place July 2021)

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PROGRAM IN uganda

Footprint to freedom educates schools

on the early warning signs to the youngest at risk to human trafficking in Uganda

At schools, trafficking victims can be hidden in plain sight, Traffickers can spot at-risk children very easily. They are often threatened, starved or beaten to comply and remain quiet. If they are orphaned minors, they may be afraid to bring attention to themselves by reporting the abuse, and in some cases they may not understand what is happening to them. It is just so easy to traffic children, They’re so highly vulnerable and easily manipulated through coercion and grooming tactics children are brought into youth trafficking at 10 to 14 years old, but it can also begin as early as elementary school or even preschool

Our goal  to prevent human trafficking before it happens. We bring our pilot programs to schools in the most at-risk areas and then eventually to other districts. The program train students in grades 7 through 12 about human trafficking. 

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PREVENTION PROGRAMS UGANDA

LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT PROGRAM

We create alternative livelihood options amongst  women, boys, and girls who are most likely to migrate, as well as returnees(Through self-help groups, community-based savings and loan mechanisms)Train women to understand and practice safer migration especially those who chose to migrate to enable them to pursue the legal pathway when considering migrating to the Middle East for domestic work.

The Livelihood Program helps children and adults regardless of gender or gender identity so they can heal emotionally, find justice, and rebuild their lives socially and economically through below initiative

The Youth Empowerment Factory environmental literacy and arts program

Developed in partnership with the youth digital culture empowerment Uganda .We empower vulnerable youth to human trafficking through acquirement of skills on how to turn trash to treasure and selling their products.

Plastic pollution is an issue all across the world but it’s a really big issue in East Africa.  Uganda, more than 10,000 metric tons of plastic waste is generated in daily. Kampala alone, generates 2800 tones daily, 35% of which is thrown into the environment, blocking our drainages and encroaching our homes. There is a need to come up with a practical and sustainable model to solve these two environmental problems. That is why we came up with the turning trash to Treasure by manufacturing of plastic interior home décor, made out of recycled plastic, plastic bottle rags old tires, papers

EMPOWERING YOUTH THROUGH TURNING TRASH TO TREASURE UGANDA

MATCHING PASSION WITH PURPOSE TO EMPOWER YOUTH
  • Participants learn how to use special tools to upcycle aluminum soda cans and plastic bottles into colorful artwork that make a statement about resourcefulness.
  •     Participants create their own unique art work and collaborate with the class to make one larger work.

PROGRAM IN rwANDA

OUR OUTREACH PROGRAM RWANDA

Using acrobatics to reach out to the street children to raise awareness about human trafficking in Rwanda.

Children in street-situations are directly linked to their vulnerability to exploitation and trafficking Footprint to Freedom in partnership with the ‘Soul of Rwanda an organization committed to caring for street children in Rwanda. So many children were neglected during the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda they help reintegration street children, connecting them with their families and provide food. Since these children can quickly fall prey to human traffickers. We reach out through circus and teaching circus acts. These circus acts, the acrobatics, are powerful tools to teach children all kinds of skills: responsibilities, trust, cooperation, empathy, and self-confidence.

PROGRAM IN KENYA

SURVIVORS OF TRAFFICKING LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT PROGRAM IN KENYA

LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT PROGRAM

Due to the ‘push and pull’ factors of human trafficking, traffickers and recruiters take advantage of the legal vacuum and of socio-economic problems present  unemployment, poverty, lack of education, gender discrimination and family violence victims are often recruited under false pretenses and with false promises.   Footprint to freedom livelihood support program is dedicated to supporting survivors of labor and sex trafficking across East Africa.

VACATIONAL /EDUCATIONAL PATHWAY

Through our flagship Footprint to Freedom Workforce Development (FTFWD) program co-created with survivors of human trafficking, we equip human trafficking survivors and young women at risk with vocational skills mentorship, life skills, and transferable communication skills for job access. Our program (FTFWD comprises a 2-day compulsory introductory module on building resilience to human trafficking and developing core competencies for long term thriving. The program then branches out into six specialization streams focused on sustainable economic empowerment namely

. Vocational Skills Training . Social Enterprise ( sustainable fashion) . Job Access . Education + Outreach . Micro Credit . Turning trash to treasure environment literacy

COMMUNITY OUTREACH TO RAISE AWARENESS IN KENYA

COMMUNITY OUTREACH TO RAISE AWARENESS IN KENYA

We understand the need to raise awareness about the different forms of human trafficking and the ways in traffickers use to control its victims, the routes the victims are taken and most importantly what people at risk can do to avoid being. traffickers often promise a good job, good education or good relationship, only to exploit innocent victims once they reach the intended destination. Our grassroots workshops focus on awareness raising and empower those who are targeted by traffickers.

STREET BARBER PROJECT KENYA CHILDREN IN THE SLUM

STREET BARBER PROJECT KENYA CHILDREN IN THE SLUM

Prevention programs reaching out to vulnerable children through local partnerships.

Children can find themselves in street situations as a result of escaping sexual abuse or exploitation in their homes or by government authorities and those in caregiving or law enforcement roles. Once on the street, children are exposed to an even higher risk of sexual exploitation, sale, and/or trafficking, fueling a cycle of vulnerability and exploitation. To break this cycle, of child trafficking and exploitation. we reach out to raise awareness about children trafficking through collaboration with local initiatives

Street children in Kenya are perceived to be perpetrators as well as victims of crime. They are exploited, abused, and used as drug mules, pressed into commercial sex, and manipulated or bribed into the fire-bombings

In partnership with Salman kirimi vidali young man who voluntarily barbers’ children in the slums of Kibra in Nairobi to give them a clean haircut.  We seize the moment to sensitize these children about children trafficking and the signs to look out for and to report to our Footprint mentors in they are approached by traffickers. 

ADVOCACY

To achieve a successful advocacy; we engage returnee survivors of labour trafficking in advocating for better policies and through active collaboration with government and the community to improves safer migration processes, lobby for good working conditions and  equitable payment of workers and  accountability for traffickers 

INTEGRATE

To achieve a successful integration Assist women in finding alternatives to overseas employment by providing start-up capital to assist women in launching local businesses  provide secondary support services including; short stay shelters, vocational scholarship, employment, physiological trauma counseling, peer to peer mentor ship, all-around empowerment, and skills training, job contract cross checking and case management.