Asiyeonekana watoto mtaani means invisible street kid in Swahili ... and we believe that no child should be invisible.
Uganda has one of the largest populations of young people in the world— half (50%) of its 45 million people are under the age of 15, making up the largest demographic group living in poverty within the country. Poverty, combined with neglect and sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse, are leading factors in children choosing to leave home to live on the streets. For many, the number one reason they give for leaving home is the desire for education, taking to the streets to raise money for school fees. Convinced street life will somehow be better, they quickly learn it is not.
Children living on its streets are some of the most marginalized in the world. Abhorred and mistreated, they are vulnerable to physical, mental and sexual abuse, and many turn to substance use to dull the pain and simply put, "to forget." These invisible children sleep on the ground under makeshift shelters, eat only what they can scavenge, and lack access to even the most basic services — including showers, which cost money.
In an effort to get kids off the streets and back into the classroom, Shule Foundation launched the Watoto Mtaani (street kids in Swahili) Project in Uganda. Read how our center, activities, skills training and outreach programs help to transform lives.
Your support allows us to give these children their childhood back.