In April of last year we welcomed 12-year-old Jessica* to our transitional home. She was referred to us by the police and on arrival she shared with us her story:
"We used to live at home peacefully as a family, but one day my father abandoned us. Soon after my mother became sick and I was forced to drop out of school as she could not afford to pay the fees on her own. As I was now doing nothing at home a distant relative asked my mother if she could take me to Kampala to baby sit her child. My mother had no other choice but to accept as she was too sick to work and could not afford to care for me."
"After spending just two weeks living in Kampala my relative started to beat me, stating that I did not know how to do anything as I was from a poor family. I decided that my best option would be to run away and try and go back home, but I soon got lost in such a big city. Thankfully, a kind man saw that I was in trouble and took me to the police station to seek help. This is where I met a Kids Club Kampala representative who promised that they would take me to the Ewafe home and take care of me."
Jessica spent almost 8 months in our care and was provided with food, clothes, shelter, medical care and counselling. In December our social workers were able to successfully trace Jessica's family and soon after she was resettled with her mother and siblings. Jessica's mother was delighted that her daughter was safe, explaining:
"I had lost all hope of ever seeing my child again so I am so glad to know that she is still alive and doing well. Thank you so much (Ewafe Project) for your kindness and the good work you are doing."
Jessica* (bottom left) being reunited with her family.
Gemma's Story Update
In previous updates we shared with you the story of Gemma*, our first child to be resettled with a foster family. Our social workers are continuing to undertake regular follow up visits and we are pleased to report that Gemma is still doing really well in her new home. Below is a recent photo of Gemma and her foster family!
We are absolutely delighted that Gemma has settled in so quickly with her new foster family. We hope to be able to find suitable foster families for more children but we also lack the funding to roll this out on a large scale, so please do share the word about our fostering programme to those who might want to donate.
Ewafe Project 2019 Highlights
In 2019 we managed to rescue 28 new children and admitted them to our transitional home, with all children being provided with counselling, medical care and rehabilitation.
Throughout the year we also successfully and safely reintegrated a further 17 children back into loving and caring families.
We even resettled an abandoned child with our first ever foster family. This went extremely well and Gemma is loving her new home!
Our transitional home was also blessed with a new paint job which has made it a nicer place for the children to stay.
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