One afternoon in 1994, the unthinkable happened to a 4 year old little girl named Sharon [ Not her real name ] in Namuwongo, a suburb in the outskirts of Kampala, who was defiled by a 36 year old man in her neighborhood, and left for dead in a pool of blood laying unconscious.
She was later found and successfully rehabilitated but the memories of the incident and the after effect they had on her and her family left deep scars.
It is from this background that the organization – Kaleke Kasome Foundation was born 14 years later in 2014 to change mindsets and curb sexual abuse of girls by creating awareness about the practice and finding effective/lasting solutions to end the vise by also sensitizing communities about the effects of sexual assault on the girl child.
According to the NHPC 2014 report about Mpigi District, the district population size is 250,548 of whom 64,691 (31409 F & 33,282 M) were aged between 10-19 years. The report indicates that; 24.5% Females aged 12-19 had given birth and 16.9% Females aged 10-19 have ever been married.
According to the Probation and Social Welfare Officer’s (PSWO) report and police in Mpigi district, on average 68 defilement case are registered quarterly.
It should however be noted that these represent just a small proportion of the actual number of cases as the majority of cases are either not reported or reported to LCs where they are not properly documented or followed. Overall the above statistics show the magnitude at which the girl child has sexually been violated, this has resulted into high school dropout rates, early pregnancies, exposure to HIV and AIDS and child-headed families who are not able to provide the basic needs for themselves