SDKF was established in 2003 in Kampala, Uganda. Its focus is to help poor and marginalized youth gain vocational skills in order to support themselves as well as securing their future economic security and self sustainability. Education is fundamental in this enhancement of society, basic education equips individuals with a resource set of skills and knowledge which advocates self-reliance and enables development into productive and responsible citizens.
Critically, SDKF has provided ongoing economic rehabilitation project to train young people in computer and tailoring skills. SDKF takes three groups of fifteen girls through this training every year. They help the girls find work in hairdressing salons, and most will go on to become self-employed and have their own businesses. As a result, over 540 disadvantaged youth (75% of whom are girls) have been reached since the programme’s establishment in 2006.
Recently Afrinspire has supported SDKF in providing education to 30 orphaned children in the slum area of Kyebando in the Ugandan capital Kampala, through the provision of school fees and school meals together with individual pastoral care and community meetings, supporting those struggling with living in slums. Afrinspire also supported SDKF's Education Fund by constructing a day primary school in Kulambiro for boys and girls.
"These girls buy their own T-shirt as their 'entry requirement' to the course. The orange T-shirt helps them identify as a group and to turn up and belong."