Three children from Wells of Hope were choosen among them many children to face the press. The children were disciplined , obedient and very confident. They spoke good English.Many media houses where present .the children had their views heard and captured by the media . The children’s views reached government, the media, civil society and the local communities through media. Vivian with father on death row , and under wells of Hope care, argued strongly and in support of the abolition of death penalty in uganda.it was energizing to see children passionately speak out their views.
The superintendent of police in his speech said to the policy makers that for them as police, they just enforce the law and requested the policy makers to include the children of prisoners into the OVC policy so that they can be protected too, he added that he learnt of it during the dialogue with the children that the children of prisoners are also vulnerable because they are like orphans.
On the 11th June 2013, it was an open day which was held at the CHOGM gardens behind the president’s office at parliament. There were many children and their care takers, most of them came with their banners with their advocacy /campaign messages and held up by the children, all the groups marched this included adults ,children , the police and we were all lead by a children’s band .we all matched from the ministry parking yard to the CHOGM gardens, all the cars and pedestrians stopped and watched us matching, they looked happy and supported the match by cheering, they enjoyed the sound music from the band. They read our banners and most of the people including media nodded at the glimpse of our banner, children of prisoners.
On the 15th June 2013 Wells of Hope children featured on WBS a local television station .They spoke about how they came into contact with the justice system. Our Children Vivian 13 years and Simon Peter 13 attended the show together with Nancy from another NGO called Girl Child Network on behalf of other children and for the adults there was National Council for Children (NCC) Secretary General Martin Kiiza and Justice for Children Programme Manager Dr. Prudence Acirokop .
So many children wished for the opportunity and only our children plus Nancy made it to the talk show out of the several children that had participated all through the week .Jane Namalike our communication officer was in charge of all this with support from the rest of the staff.