Bwaise is a slum area and one of the biggest in Kawempe division. It is one of the poorest areas in Kampala, with high rates of HIV and AIDS, very poor sanitation, large number of commercial sex workers, the largest number eats one meal a day, walking through the slums it is easy to notice that most people are idle and just seated at the verandas of their houses, the men playing cards or making analysis of previous premier league games. That is why betting in these areas is a lucrative business. In this area for most girls, prostitution is the last ditch effort to make enough money to give themselves a better life. The commercial sex workers try to learn English and yet there are very few schools which almost none of them is capable of providing a platform to a higher level education.
Most of these girls are forced into prostitution, by their poor parents and the living conditions. They become wild at night; they mug, stone and even kill people that are passing by. Because of the desperation in the area, there is a lot of alcoholism in this area; people drown themselves in alcohol to forget their own problems. The problems are overwhelming in this area however African Girl initiative- Uganda is focusing on the sexual reproductive health of the teenager in these surroundings. There is a large number of child mothers that has resulted from early pregnancies, and other risky behaviors that land them into problems of STDS, HIV-AIDS and psychological problems associated with sexual abuse.
|Some of the foods sold in the market of Bwaise|
|An Idle man on a veranda|
|The typical buildings in Bwaise|
|Some of the young girls in Bwaise.|