About Us

Hashtag Gulu is a community-based organisation (CBO) that cares for children and youths who live or live and work on the streets. Our work focuses on rehabilitation, reformation and reintegration. Hashtag Gulu envisions a community where everyone is responsible for each other’s well-being and contributes to its transformation by getting involved in creating an inclusive and peaceful society.

Hashtag Gulu takes on activities that aim at providing alternatives to crime and violence by teaching children who live and work on the streets to become productive citizens.

Hashtag Gulu was founded on the premise that it is critical to welcome and build confidence among members of our community, especially those often looked at as troublemakers. All our efforts aim towards joining hands to identify the root challenges children and youth who live or live and work on the streets in this community face rather than make unsubstantiated assumptions.

Our Vision

A society where no child has to depend on the streets to survive

Our Mission

To empower children and youth who live or live and work on the streets to become productive citizens

Our Core Values:

At Hashtag Gulu Initiative, we embrace a set of core values that guide our actions, decisions, and interactions with others. These values are the foundation of who we are and what we stand for:

Compassion / Collectiveness / Equity / Transparency / Integrity / Respect / Justice / Courageous / Learning

These values serve as the guiding principles that shape our organization’s mission and drive us to create a more compassionate, just, and equitable world for all.

Our Story


“I hardly walk the streets in the night, but each time I do, I walk home sad. I just met five kids aged between 6 and 12, they struggled to cover themselves with a torn tarpaulin on a concrete floor. My heart pained because at the moment I can’t do much about it considering my struggles.

Please if you meet any of such kids and feel you can do something for them, please do because I know it is not their choice to be that way. I will talk to a few friends and find out how we can talk to them and do something.”

This post made by the late Ayella Collins Lacika, Hashtag Gulu’s first team leader, on his Facebook account triggered the formation of Hashtag Gulu in April 2017.

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