About UsAction for Children (AFC) is a national based Non-Governmental Organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the vulnerable children. AFC was founded on the basis of a child helpline in 1995 out of a deep conviction and commitment by the founder Dr. Jolly Nyeko and in 1998 the organization was registered with the NGO Board. Through a number of projects, AFC has met the needs of over 15, 000 children directly in an estimated 4,500 households besides the 16,000 indirectly reached.
Having started as a private phone line in Dr. Jolly’s residence, the Child helpline expanded to become a national programme and in 2016, was officially handed over to the Government of Uganda as a toll-free Child Helpline (116) managed by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
Besides rescue protection and advocacy, AFC operated a children’s home – Queen Esther, where the rescued children were temporarily sheltered pending resettlement, referral, or adoption. A number of children were also given support through foster parents who were reinforced by AFC.
Action for Children has implemented several projects in Western (Kabale and Kanungu), Northern (Gulu, Apac, Kole, Alebtong and Lira), Central (Kampala and Wakiso) as well as Eastern (Mbale) parts of Uganda. While some were singularly performed, others were done in consortiums with other child focused organizations; the projects were funded by different donors like USAID, UNICEF, HOLT, CORDAID, CSF, BMZ/PLAN and JNFC majorly focused on OVC, family preservation, youth empowerment (life skills, behavioral change) and strengthening best practices/positive cultural behaviors among the beneficiaries.
Through a number of Projects, the organisation met the needs and interests of a number of children and preserved families, thus living its vision of “A society where children and their families live in comfort, hope and joy.”