Asiyeonekana watoto mtaani means invisible street kid in Swahili ... and we believe that no child should be invisible.
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, Shule Foundation has opened our first transitional home in Uganda. Your support allows us to give these children their childhood back.
Uganda has one of the largest populations of young people in the world — nearly half (48.5%) of its 41 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.
With an estimated 15,500 children living on the streets, Shule works with the most at-risk children in Kampala and Mbale. We conduct outreaches, run a drop-in center and transitional home, where we provide rehabilitation services, counseling, medical care, educational sponsorship and family reconciliation to some of the country's most disregarded children.
Our first year, by the numbers: 10,000 meals provided, 1,700 showers taken, 550 children clothed, 250 children received medical care, 38 children off the streets, 35 reunited with family, and 35 children back in school!
Meet just a few of our kids