| Jul 14, 2015
For many years, Retrak has worked in Uganda alongside a partner organization called Child Restoration Outreach (CRO). Here's the story of Mercy, a seven-year-old girl who CRO helped to return home.
Mercy is the second of three children. Her father died when she was only two years old. After her father’s death, Mercy’s mother lost all of her property, as it was taken by her in-laws. Mercy and her family were destitute, with no source of income and no place to live. Even managing to find a daily meal was a struggle.
Mercy says, “Our condition of living became unbearable day by day and as a result, my mother abandoned me with my aunt and left for Kampala (Uganda’s capital city) to look for odd jobs. For six years, we never saw nor heard from her again.”
Mercy’s aunt also struggled to survive and wasn’t able to care for Mercy or provide her with life’s most basic necessities:
”Hunger and starvation became part of my life” Mercy laments, ”I couldn’t wait to die, so I was influenced by other children to go part-time on the streets.”
Mercy began scavenging on the streets of Mbale, where CRO social workers first encountered her and encouraged her to join CRO. The social workers were able to trace Mercy’s aunt and resettle Mercy in her home, a rented room in Mbale. Mercy has also joined CRO’s one-year rehabilitation class, which will enable her to develop life skills and enroll in formal education.
Mercy and her aunt are doing well, and Mercy is off the streets and planning a future:
”When I grow up, I would like to become a nurse and help treat people."
Thank you for your support which enables us to reach more and more children like Mercy, offering them a permanent alternative to life on the streets.