Slum Aid Project (SAP) was started in 1991/2 by four female students then at Makerere University and was then named Katanga Project operating in Wandegeya (Katanga) a slum in Kampala. The Project’s major goal then was to address problems faced by the children, youth and women in slum areas. Several activities were carried out and these included teaching children aged 13-15 years both boys and girls, campaigns against HIV/AIDS, sensitisation on topical issues, e.g. health education, gender and human rights, family planning and counselling. In 1993, Katanga Project was registered with the NGO Board as a community-based organization.
In 1994, the Project was facilitated by the then Ministry of Women in Development (now Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development) to carry out legal education on rape, defilement and domestic violence in Kampala slums. It was recommended that the name be changed to encompass other slums and in 1995, the project changed its name to Slum Aid Project (SAP). SAP therefore is a local women and child rights development organization registered in Uganda as an NGO under the NGO Statute with no political or religious affiliation.
Given the increasing complexity and magnitude of slum conditions in Kampala, SAP decided to readjust and sharpen its focus and interventions. The organisation, while still committed to its interest in improving the lives of slum dwellers, aims at ensuring that many other like-minded organisations and actors in slums emerge and are helped to acquire the necessary skills, competencies, attitudes and knowledge to enable them effectively support slum dwellers in improving their livelihoods.
Presently its vision is “Slum communities in Uganda where people live and enjoy fair and dignified lives.”
And its mission is ” To strengthen the capacity of slum communities in Uganda (men, women and children) to challenge and effect sustainable positive change in their lives through research, capacity building and advocacy.”
To achieve this SAP is implementing two major programs in the slums and these are the fight against domestic violence and the fight against child sexual abuse and exploitation. Through her Domestic Violence (DV) program, SAP strives to empower women to resist domestic violence and other forms of human rights abuse. In the child sexual abuse and exploitation program SAP aims at empowering the girl child to fight for her rights and find her alternative ways of living.