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Teaching Farming Skills to Ugandan Street Children



Tudabujja, which means "we are being made new", is a Retrak transitional home in Uganda which provides 90 street children with the space to begin the adjustment from street life to family life. Providing children with this period away from the streets in a family environment helps them to work through psychological trauma, develop a positive outlook for the future and learn valuable skills on the farm and in the classroom.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Increasing poverty, limited resources, natural disasters and HIV are all factors which affect family breakdown and drive children to the streets. Street children have no protection and are among the most vulnerable children in the world. They have often suffered abuse and are likely to suffer further trauma, especially as they lack many of the coping mechanisms necessary to establish a safe and secure life.

How will this project solve this problem?

Enabling street children to reach the point of reintegration into family and community is a long process. Each child is unique and needs to be given the time and means to make the transition from the streets back to the community. Tudabujja was developed as a space where children could stay for a short period to begin the adjustment from street life to family life. Tudabujja ensures that the emotional, psycho-social and physical health of the boys is restored.

Potential Long Term Impact

Tudabujja will house 90 children, providing them with education, sports and recreation, agricultural training, nutritious meals and medical care. Living in a family setting, the children's emotional, psycho-social and physical health are restored in preparation for their reintegration into family and community life. The agricultural skills and knowledge the children gain enables them to contribute meaningfully to household income and the well-being of their families once they are returned home.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $4,881
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $74,119
Total Funding Goal: $79,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Retrak America

Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Project Leader

Joan Townsend

US Country Director
Washington, DC Uganda

Where is this project located?

Map of Teaching Farming Skills to Ugandan Street Children
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