C.R.O runs four women clubs for the guardians and mothers of street children living in the slum areas of Namatala, Masese ,Barogole and Nyendo. About 45 women attend each club meeting which runs twice in a week. In the clubs the women do the following activities;
- Primary health care education.
- Adult Literacy.
- Skills training.
- Income Generation Activities.
- Sharing best practices.
C.R.O organizes Training Workshops for the Community in Mbale, Jinja,Lira and Masaka on a quarterly basis. The trainings focus mainly on;
- Child Rights and Responsibilities.
- Women Rights.
- Good Parenting habits and Responsibilities.
- Sensitization and Prevention of HIV/AIDS/STI and care for people affected and infected with HIV/AIDS
- Community role in prevention and care for street children.
CRO holds three meetings in a year for the parents/guardians of the street children.
In the meetings they are encouraged to provide a supportive environment in which children can learn and socialize. Other issues discussed in the meetings include: children’s academic performance, good parenting habits, and safe health behaviours.
CRO has mobilized Caregivers of children to form VSLAs and SHGsamong themselves through which they can save and borrow funds.
The funds can be accessed by the members at an affordable interest rate. Each group comprises of 15 to 20 members. CRO trains the groups in
group dynamics, team work, business skills, record keeping, leadership skills, savings and credit. During the meetings, other issues like child
rights, child protection, and girl child education,participation in community projects, positive parenting, community development and politics
are also discussed.
Since children on the streets are vulnerable in many ways CRO advocates for their rights and protection. These activities include lobby meetings with local leaders, radio talk shows and sensitization meetings with different
community groups. CRO holds dialogue meetings with local, municipal and district leaders to improve the protection of children on the streets.
All the CRO projects conduct radio talk shows on the local FM
radio stations in their areas of operation to talk about the rights and protection of children on the streets and community support for their rehabilitation and education. CRO prints posters to educate the community on domestic violence which had now become a lead cause of children coming on the streets.
Over the years CRO has fostered relationships with different agencies, both at district, national and international levels with whom it collaborates to improve the welfare of street children and their families. Some of these agencies include; Program for Labour Action, District Government departments,The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), Transparency International, District OVC Coordination committees, Masaka DistrictNetwork for AIDS Support Organizations, NGO Forum, Police Family and Child Protection Unit.CRO is also a member of a number of networks like, Uganda Child Rights NGO Network (UCRNN), African Network for Prevention and Protection of Children against Neglect (ANPPCAN),Uganda Health Management group Adolescent Support Network, JinjaNetwork for the Marginalized children and Youth, Bugisu Civil Society Network (BUCINET).