Retrak Uganda has been working hard to find children a real alternative to life on the streets. With your support through Global Giving Retrak are able to work with children living on the streets and help them discover their potential and realise their worth. This story of Saul shows how your donations to Retrak Uganda are saving children’s lives.
Saul was raised in Wakiso which is approximately 19kms west of Kampala. His mother died when he and his brother were very young. His father remarried and had six more children with his new wife. Saul wasn’t doing very well with his school work and his father didn’t feel it was worthwhile paying for his tuition fees. He was taken out of school so that he could help at home more with the chores.
His stepmother took advantage of the fact that he was staying at home and made him do more work than he was able to. When Saul didn’t manage to complete his tasks his step mother refused to feed him.
One day it all got too much and he decided to run away. His older brother had left home a few years ago and had not returned. Saul ran away and lived on the streets of a nearby town with other street children. He stayed on the streets of the town for a year and a half.
One day Saul was walking with the other street children looking for food when he ran into his older brother. Saul’s older brother had been on the streets for three years. His brother suggested that they should move to Kampala as it was easier to make money in the big cities. His brother taught him how to beg and steal food each day to help them survive.
Saul stayed on the streets with his brother for another year. One day, one of his friends told him about a place that he had discovered where street children could go and play football and eat food. Saul had always loved football and wanted to be able to play again. He went along to the Retrak centre and had his first hot meal for three years. He then joined in with the other boys at the centre playing football and having fun.
Saul continued coming to the Retrak centre and began to learn how to read and write. Soon he could write his name and spell basic words. Saul says he loves Retrak because he can play and have fun. He is excited to start school again and with the help of Retrak he wants to train to be a mechanic so that he can earn his own money and provide for himself.
Through your support Retrak is able to help boys like Saul who have been living on the streets for years, have no education and no real alternative but to beg and steal. Your donations have allowed Saul to hope that there is a future for him and that there is a real alternative to life on the streets.
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