Mothers Day is just around the corner, and we can't think of a better way to honor the mother in your life than to give a gift in her name to help some of the thousands of children living on the streets of Uganda.
A gift to Retrak would help children like Paul, age 10, who was taken from his mother by his fater, whom Paul refers to as a "drunkard". Paul narrates, "My father used to lock me up in the house as he went to work every morning. In this he claimed that he was preventing me from walking away from home since I wasn't going to school."
But one day Paul's father left the house unlocked, and walk away he did, towards the capital city of Kampala, "I came alone all the way, very scared since it had already grown dark. I kept looking back but no one was coming after me. God helped me and I got to this small town, which was still busy. However, people started closing their stores to return home.... I became very worried and afraid when I realized there were no people moving in that town any more. I was scared and I kept asking myself, what if sorcerors got me here, wild animals or dogs attacked me because I was seeing them move around?"
Eventually two policemen found Paul and offered to help him by taking him to Retrak's Drop-In Center in Kampala. At Retrak, Paul says "I feel very safe here and okay now. I play with my friends, learn and also get food. I thank Retrak because they are going to take me to my uncle's place."
On March 7th, Paul was accompanied by Retrak social workers to his uncle's home, where he received a very warm welcome. His aunt praised Retrak for their "merciful heart", adding that nobody else would have done such an act of mercy.
Paul's life was transformed with the help of Retrak, and we couldn't do our work without the generous support of our donors. Thank you for your help in returning Paul to a loving family. Won't you consider making another donation in honor of Mothers Day? To donate, please click on this link:
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