Experience Child Care and Rescue Programme

For less pregnant children to more educated women

The Child Care & Rescue Programme started in 2007 to respond to the needs of the poor’s most destitute, the needy children, youths, and women.

Child Care and Rescue Programme at a Glance


Our work is aligned with the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and Uganda’s second National Development Plan. Gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women are at the core of our work.

Our programs are innovatively designed to influence focus on the following areas:

  • Supporting girls and young women to learn skills and get decent jobs

  • Giving children born to teen mothers the best possible start of  life through early childhood care and an opportunity for education

  • Keeping girls safe from all forms of abuse

  • Improving maternal, neonatal, and child health and the sexual and reproductive health of women, girls, and young people.

  • Responding to disasters and the influx of refugees as a global challenge.

The Child Care & Rescue Programme started in 2007 to respond to the needs of the poor’s most destitute, the needy children, youths, and women.

Since adopting the caretaker role of the Office of Uganda’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, CC&RP has worked alongside communities on many different issues to improve millions of women and girls’ lives.


Who is Esther Nakajjigo

Princess of Hearts

Essie was a European Union Young Leader, a United States Department of State Young African Leader attached to Drexel University in Philadelphia, an African Union-European Union Youth Expert, a member of the Women Ambassadors Forum in Dallas, Texas, and a Commonwealth Peace Award winner. Until her death, Essie held 11 prestigious National Awards and 5 International awards, including the prestigious Uganda North American Association Personality of the Year 2020 she received in her death. Essie was only 25 years old. She was a Young Explorer of the National Geographic Society, inspiring global climate action.

The Office of Uganda’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, which until that fateful afternoon of June 13th, 2020 in Utah, was under the Ambassadorship of the fallen H.E Esther Nakajjigo “Essie.”

Ways We Help

Meaningful Work. Unforgettable Experiences.

Child mom outreach

Saving Innocence Challenge

The Geneva Women’s World Summit Award-winning “Saving Innocence Challenge” was also selected as Africa’s best high school reality TV show and recognized by the European Union in Uganda as one of the world’s best innovations championed by girls for girls and funded by girls. With a current viewership of 6.8 million airing on Uganda’s most prominent media, Houses of Bukedde and Urban TV. The Saving Innocence Challenge sees girls from wealthy families and schools go on an Expedition to experience their underprivileged peers’ reality and seek to transform these disadvantaged girls’ lives.
Now in its 5th Season, Saving Innocence shone a light on the shocking reality of teenage girls in the Kalangala islands of L. Victoria. The out of socio-economic vulnerability engages in what is dubbed “sex for fish,” an exploitative practice resulting in mass teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and abject poverty.
Since 2016, Saving Innocence has returned to school 487 child mothers who had been written off by society and has started 311 small businesses for those child mothers who never wanted to return to formal education. It annually attracts high school students from Uganda and abroad to create a difference in the most vulnerable lives. Saving Innocence was selected as an outstanding model by the United States Department of State for Young African Leaders, Mandela Washington Fellowship. 
Jaga mentored Essie, who, until her death, hosted the Saving Innocence Challenge for five years as a national innovative protection initiative for teenage girls by teenage girls against early pregnancy and forced marriages.


Bidibidi Settlement

LIFT (Living in the Face of Trauma)

In the face of a global refugee crisis, Uganda is Africa’s largest refugee host nation and 3rd globally, with over 1.5 million refugees. Jaga and Essie had the initiative (Living in the Face of Trauma) to support refugees. LIFT is an annual Expedition of girls from selected universities around the world in the Global Girls Movement. They spend two weeks in a refugee settlement living as refugees and learning from them competitively; they are challenged to translate book knowledge into innovations to create a decent life for refugee women and girls and nurture peaceful co-existence with host communities. LIFT was recognized as a ‘Global Refugee Innovation Response to watch’ at the World Affairs Conference at the University of Colorado USA in 2019. LIFT also won the Luff Peace Prize at the Watson Institute in the U.S.A and a Commonwealth Secretariat Peace Prize in London in 2019. at the European Commission in Brussels during the European Development Days. It was recognized as a best practice under ‘Women on the Move’ by the International Organization for Migration. At the Paris Peace Forum, they recognized LIFTas a robust youth engagement to broker peace globally and selected as the most promising innovation that will redefine the next 100 years at the NEXT 100 Symposium in the Czech Republic 2019. LIFT is a global member initiative of iDOVE (Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism), an international partnership platform of the African Union and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. LIFT supports iDOVE in Uganda to prevent youth radicalization and recruit young people into acts of violent extremism.


Princess Diana Health III

One Step at a Time

At Child Care and Rescue Programme, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing this issue. Health Clinic is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.


Key People

Pure Professionalism

Our dedicated team of passionate, experienced professionals is always on the ball, utilizing their unique skills and passion for moving the work of our Non-Governmental Organization forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to perfect our programs. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.

We’re proud to be changing the lives of child mom and abolishing child marriages.


“Anyone, at any time, has the potential to be refugee…. so let us treat them well as we would love to be treated if we were in their situation.”

Esther Nakajjigo

Contact Child Care and Rescue Programme

Get in touch with Child Care and Rescue Programme to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

Thornton, Colorado USA


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