Katutandike - Let's Get Started - Transforming Lives in Uganda

Our Programmes & Projects

Our primary focus is on the vulnerable child in poor communities - specifically in urban markets. Due to the adverse poverty in these communities, children do not enjoy full rights especially in their early years of growth.

Most of these children belong to single mothers who are market vendors with very low household incomes. They are unable to afford proper child care both at home and while at work. The mothers normally do their market vending with children in very confined and unhygienic spaces. There are no choices.

In order to transform the lives of these children and ensure that they are not deprived of the love, care, nurturing, health, nutrition and protection that they need to survive, grow and develop, Ka Tutandike interventions targets the family as the immediate space that has the power to change the situation of that child.


Our Approach

Our strategy mobilizes the mothers into support groups and provide them with information and training on selected topics such as child growth and development, positive parenting, child protection, nutrition and children’s rights to empower them become key pillars of change in the early childhood stages of their children.

We also conduct training in income generating activities so that the parents are able to generate alternate sources of income through training in organic agriculture.

We work in partnership with existing day care centers close to selected urban markets to accommodate children while the mothers are working in the market and provide a conducive environment for learning, play and psychosocial development.




We believe that Poverty is not just about money. Our work on the ground has proved that what keeps poor people from realizing their full potential is lack of choice and opportunity. They seek dignity instead of dependency.

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KATU Honey Social Enterprise

Our Social Enterprise encourages our beneficiary groups to engage in a self sustaining business capable of bringing in diversified revenues in the long run as well as economic empowerment/ improved livelihoods for their families and communities.


  • Income generation – the sale of honey and other bee-based products generates income especially where there is a good local, regional and international market
  • Low cost – beekeeping can be very low cost since hives and other equipment can be made locally
  • Useful products – Honey is valued across the world as having health and medicinal properties. Beeswax is used in cosmetics, soaps, candles, polishes and other products
  • Premium products – opportunity to market honey as organic or fair trade product
  • Sustainable – beekeeping is sustainable and the activity helps conserve the natural environment and vegetation where bees live and forage
  • Pollination – bees pollinate flowering plants and this activity is vital for life and maintaining the yields of many food and cash crops
  • Promoting diversity and inclusiveness – The honey manufacturing process is managed by disabled and non-disabled beneficiaries

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Implementing Early Childhood Development (ECD) interventions in urban and rural poverty settings

Our work on ECD was previously under the umbrella of ‘The Urban Market Project’ which commenced implementation in 2008, following a Situational Analysis that looked at conditions in urban markets around Kampala.

The goal was ‘to improve the quality of Early Child Development for the children aged 0-8 years whose parents work in and around Nakawa market.The Urban Market Project commenced implementation in 2008, following a Situational Analysis that looked at conditions in urban markets around Kampala. The Project was first implemented at Kalelwe market in partnership with Miles2Smiles Day Care Centre for two years, 2008-2010, after which it was evaluated. The findings of the evaluation and showed that the project had made substantial changes in the lives of the project beneficiaries; mainly infants, children and their parents.

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