Retrak

Retrak works to transform highly vulnerable children's lives; preserve families; empower communities and give each of them a voice. We put children at the very heart of everything we do and will be fearless and tenacious in defending and promoting their rights.
Nov 27, 2012

This Christmas, Help a Child in Uganda

"Before and After Retrak" drawn by a Retrak boy
"Before and After Retrak" drawn by a Retrak boy

Are you trying to decide what to get your loved ones for Christmas this year?  GlobalGiving is making it easy for you to give an alternative gift to everyone on your list.  

When you make a donation to one of our projects on behalf of a loved one via GlobalGiving, your loved one will receive a personalised card letting them know that they’re helping street children in Africa.  Click here to give a GlobalGiving Tribute Card.

Your gift will help change the lives of some of the most vulnerable children on Earth, like Amos, who hobbled into the Retrak drop-in center after having been in the hospital for the previous month after being shot in the abdomen at a riot that happened in town.

“It was mid-day when I saw a stampede from which the police pursued some people. There was a lot of yelling and throwing of stones at the police by the people who never seemed to respect it at all. The police began shooting and in the process two of my friends were shot and died instantly. In that confusion, struggling to save my own life, I became the next victim. The bullet got me in the stomach and I fell to the ground. The policemen came and got me onto their vehicle and took me to Mulago Hospital.”

Amos was admitted in very critical condition, and in the operating room the doctor learned that both Amos’s small and large intestines had been badly damaged by the bullet and Amos needed a colostomy. Amos had no visitors while he was in the hospital, and he was eventually discharged back to the streets. With nowhere else to go and in great pain, another street child directed Amos to Retrak's drop-in center, where the staff nurse took him to another hospital where he was admitted for a colostomy closure.

Two weeks after his operation in December 2011, Amos could finally smile. From then on, he opened up, became very social with others, more than anyone would ever imagine, and was looking forward to being reintegrated with his family. He was also fond of participating in almost every activity that children do at the drop-in center.

He said, “When I recover completely, I would like to go back home and do a skill in welding. I am sure that from this I will earn some money which I will use to support my family, mostly my mum, with whom we’ve struggled all the way. I will also support my siblings, for instance paying school fees and providing them with scholastic materials as well.”

In April, 2012, Amos went through yet another successful operation and he recovered well.  He was counseled and eventually returned to his family. Since he was trained in bracelet making at the drop-in center, he was given threads and beads so that he could continue with this skill. Meanwhile he is trying to establish a place for training in welding.

Thank you for your support, which has enabled Retrak to give Amos's story a happy ending. To give your holiday gift through GlobalGiving, just go to the project page and select “Gift or In Honor Of” under the large orange donate button.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

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Nov 27, 2012

This Christmas, Help a Child in Kenya

Irene (left of child in green) with her classmates
Irene (left of child in green) with her classmates

Are you trying to decide what to get your loved ones for Christmas this year?  GlobalGiving is making it easy for you to give an alternative gift to everyone on your list.  

When you make a donation to one of our projects on behalf of a loved one via GlobalGiving, your loved one will receive a personalised card letting them know that they’re helping street children in Africa.  Click here to give a GlobalGiving Tribute Card.

Your gift will help change the lives of some of the most vulnerable children on Earth, like Irene, who was found begging on the streets of Kitale, Kenya, in May of this year. With help from social workers from Retrak's Kenyan partner project, Child Rescue Kenya, Irene and her family (she was living with her aunt and uncle) have reconciled and Irene is back in school and doing well.

To give your holiday gift through GlobalGiving, just go to the project page and select “Gift or In Honor Of” under the large orange donate button.

Thanks so much for your support, and have a wonderful holiday season!

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Nov 12, 2012

Adem's Story

Thank you for helping children like Adem
Thank you for helping children like Adem

The drought in the Horn of Africa has taken a tremendous toll on the people of Ethiopia's Rift Valley. Retrak has been helping some of the most vulnerable victims of the drought by partnering with the Rift Valley Women's and Children's Development Organization (RWCDO). RWCDO has been helping 650 children stay in school by implementing feeding programs in two schools, and is also providing over 2,000 individuals with supplemental food.  Adem Adulshekur is an 11 year old boy in the 5th grade at Goro Raya Primary School in Laga Hidha District, where his favorite subject is Environmental Science. Adem was asked to reflect on his impression of the school's feeding program. 

He started describing the difficulties of this past year: "Last year, the drought situation was so tough that we got tired and fell asleep in classrooms because we did not get enough milk or bread at home before we come to school.  We could not be attentive and participate in discussions, ask questions and give answer when asked. Our teachers let us go home one hour before the normal school time and we were not able to learn all the topics. Moreover, many children drop school in favor of going to the wild to collect edible fruits like shonka"- fruit of a cactus tree that ripe around the onset of rain. He added that even those children who attended school for the whole academic year were repeatedly absent for many days, though they did not completely abandon school.

When asked about the feeding program at his school, Adem replied that "I am glad that this program has started in my school. We get bread and tea with boiled beans every day on school days. I believe it will help us like education and attract all students to attend school regularly. I think availability of this program will avoid the problems of hunger, dropout and absenteeism that we had faced last year. I am grateful to those who understood our interest and supported our school to benefit from the program".        

Thank you for supporting Retrak as we work with RWCDO to help children like Adem stay in school. Together we can make a difference in his life and in the lives of his friends, family and community.


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