Rebuilding the lives of street children in Uganda

Nov 10, 2009

This story is just one example of how Retrak makes a difference in the lives of street children

Retrak supports vulnerable children
Retrak supports vulnerable children

When Matovu’s step-father and a family friend abused him, this 12 year old child made the 85km journey to Kampala.

A week after arriving in the city he asked a man if he could use his shelter to sleep in at night. The man, who was a scrap metal dealer, said he could, but in return Matuvo would have to scavenge for scrap metal to sell. One morning Matovu was collecting scrap when a man accused him of stealing his metal. Even though Matovu pleaded that he didn’t know the metal belonged to him, the man beat him severely and cut off three of his fingers.

Bleeding and in shock, Matovu sought help at the Retrak clinic. He recovered well and was one of the most well-behaved boys at Tudabujja Halfway Home. Eventually Retrak found a suitable foster family for him.


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Retrak America

Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Project Leader

Joan Townsend

US Country Director
Washington, DC United States

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