Faced with the realities of poverty and hopelessness, children who live and work on the streets often engage in criminal activities as a last resort for survival. We empower them with life and employable skills as well as mentorship to prepare them for reentry into the community and to enjoy a better and improved livelihood. We also offer linkages to available opportunities such as apprenticeship and eventual employment, working in cooperatives for collective gain.
Children in northern Uganda, unlike in other parts of the country have been and continue to be affected by the effect of the LRA insurgency in the region up to date. The LRA insurgency saw most people leaving their homes and migrating to towns for fear of losing their lives. This did not only result in loss of their heritage and homes, but also into family breakdowns. Children who were born in captivity and in IDP camps raised themselves and as they grew up, they also sired their own children who unfortunately cannot enjoy parental care and a proper early childhood as a normal child would. Currently, there are children who live on the street but do not know where their home, parents, relatives or even their lineage and that simply does not make life any easier and worth living. We work with such a child to overcome the trauma and rebuild their lives.
Most community members look at children who live and work on the street as nuisances and perpetrators of violence in our midst. We reach out to schools and communities, seek audiences and speak with people including families to change their mindsets and fulfil their responsibilities as responsible citizens.
Most children end up in the street due to a variety of both pull and push factors ranging from poverty, war, lack of care from home, death of parents, violence at home, physical and mental abuse, economic growth, trafficking and loss of traditional values among others. Once they are on the street, life is hard; they are looked at as a nuisance and perpetrators of violence. Others resort to criminality to make ends meet. Our team reaches out to them and invite them to a safe space from where we work hard to gain their trust, offer good counsel, another perspective to life, instil good morals and the need for hard work to make a decent living, enrol them in our skilling program and upon completion, we facilitate a reintegration process back into their homes to live with family members or into the community, but as productive citizens.