About Us

A young girl draws water from a pond. These are the commonest water sources.
A young girl draws water from a pond. These are the commonest water sources.

CHILD is an acronym of Community Health Initiative & Livelihood Development a grassroots not-for-profit Organization founded and established in 2011.

“A society where disadvantaged and vulnerable people are empowered to harness opportunities for socioeconomic transformation.”


“To explore, discover and harness opportunities to transform life chances of the underserved and hard-to-reach.”

Core values:




Gender responsiveness

Organizational Goals and Commitments:

  1. To address the challenges women and girl-children face in managing water in the domestic domain;
  2. To increase gender equity and seeks to address the discriminative practices inhibiting Women’s potential in economic production in the community.
  3. To support the rural women into self reliance through participatory economic activities that lead to improved incomes such as agricultural improvement and credit schemes;
  4. To advocate for the rights of women and children especially the girl-child;
  5. To contribute to the overall community development through mainstreaming cross-cutting issues related to gender, children, HIV/AIDS, water hygiene and sanitation and Environmental issues;


CHILD deploys rights based approaches in implementing all its projects ultimately promoting gender equality and equity. CHILD mobilizes women and organizes them into groups. After organizing women into groups, CHILD conducts a needs assessment and planning with the individual women groups. The women are involved throughout the project process from conception through implementation. This has acted to increase sense of ownership and confidence among the women members of the various groups. CHILD trusts that the local women are empowered with knowledge about the socioeconomic problems and challenges they face, what the causes are and are also able to suggest possible interventions.

CHILD opts to adopt a holistic approach to women’s problems at household level through interventions aimed at addressing the water sanitation and hygiene challenges. Water is very critical in the life of a woman at the household and its shortage has a strong bearing on the sustainability of other core components like food security, nutrition, early childhood development and income security

Why Women and girls?

Around the world, women face some of the greatest obstacles yet also represent tremendous opportunity for lasting social and economic development. Globally, women face the following challenges:

They bear a disproportionate burden of the world’s poverty (They represent 70 percent of the world’s poor)
Their ability to have a decent life is limited (they perform 66 percent of the world’s work and produce 50 percent of the food but they only earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property)
Investment in women is inadequate (recent data shows that only 3.6% of overseas development assistance was earmarked for gender equality (UNIFEM). And for every dollar of development assistance, two cents goes to girls (Girl Effect).
Women are particularly vulnerable to violence and exploitation (About 70% of casualties in recent conflicts are women and children (UNIFEM) and the forms of violence they experience include torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution and mutilation (UN).

Organizational overview

CHILD is an indigenous organization legally mandated to execute projects aimed at uplifting the welfare of people that are faced with challenges of accessing the basics of life and also delineated from the enjoyment of the universally guaranteed human rights in Uganda

CHILD exists to find solutions to the socioeconomic difficulties that women and girls find themselves in. Since 2011, CHILD has spearheaded grassroots initiatives aimed at uplifting the status of women and girls that are often excluded from the reach of basic social services. CHILD has put greater emphasis on health and education

General Information

CHILD is a not-profit organization that is striving to address the plight of marginalized and disadvantaged members of the community. CHILD’s intervention mainly focus on women and girl-children who are living and thriving under very intolerable circumstance that limit their attainment of full potential.
CHILD’s programming focuses on the following thematic areas;
1. HEALTH (Water Sanitation & Hygiene, Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health)
2. EDUCATION (Promoting girls’ education, Functional adult literacy, Early Childhood Development)
3. HOUSEHOLD INCOME ENHANCEMENT (Women solidarity projects,)
4. ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION (Tree planting, Fuel Briquette making,

Nakaseke District

Nakaseke is one of the now 112 districts that form Uganda. It is located in Central Uganda. Its population is estimated at 182,000 persons of
whom 51% are men and 49% are women.

According to the Executive Director of CHILD, water and sanitation coverage in the district is very low measured at 5% and 4% respectively.

Majority of the people still drink from the unprotected and contaminated water sources.