What About The Girls?
In honor of International Day of the Girl Child, I have decided to publicly address a question I am constantly asked about our Watoto Mtaani project. “What about girls?” When it comes to our work with children living on the streets, we never set out to NOT help girls. Actually, when we moved the first group of kids off the streets, there was one girl in the group. Her name was Shadia…. Read More
Shadia’s life changed the day her mother died.
From what I can tell, Shadia grew up in a loving home; she attended school and was taken care of by her mother. But when her mother passed due to complications from AIDS, everything changed. Now 17, Shadia has been on the streets of Kisenyi for more than 2 years. She says she left home because her grandmother was not nice to her, she tells me she was forced to leave school… Read More
Making a Difference for Girls Living in Kisenyi Slum
For the majority of girls living in Uganda, access to sanitary pads – something we often take for granted – is rare. This is especially true in a place like Kisenyi Slum, one of the largest slums in central Kampala. In addition to the hunger, poverty and risk of abuse that are the norm here, girls living on the streets face some unique challenges when it comes to their health and hygiene. Without… Read More