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“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.


We were 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 who live and work on the streets in this community face rather than make unsubstantiated assumptions.


To empower children who live and work on the streets to become productive members of society.


Compassion |  Collectiveness  | Equity

Transparency | Integrity | Respect

Justice | Courageous | Learning