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 (55%) of its 43 million people are under the age of 15, making up the largest demographic group living in poverty within the country. Poverty, neglect, and sexual, physical and emotional abuse, are leading factors in children leaving home to live on the streets. But the #1 reason given by the kids is their desire to study. They come to the streets looking to make money for school fees. But what happens is something entirely different.
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 sniffing (a combination of airplane fuel and industrial glue) 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.
To get kids off the streets and back into the classroom, Shule Foundation launched the Watoto Mtaani (street kids in Swahili) Project in Uganda. Since 2017 Shule Foundation's Watoto Mtaani Project has:
Provided 25,920 meals and 6,780 showers - Clothed 1100 children - Cover the cost of medical care for 350 children - HIV Tested and DeWormed 551 kids - Vaccinated 220 children - Moved 100 children off the streets - Reunited 97 boys with their families - Returned 64 children back to school!
Read how our outreaches, skills training and transitional home help to transform lives.