Our Outreach and Drop-In Center
We started on the streets and will continue to be there for the children still living on the streets. ~Jacqueline Wolfson
Situated in the center of the slum, our Drop-In-Center is open three days a weeks, for now.
We offer children two meals — breakfast and lunch — as well as a place to shower, wash their clothes, brush their teeth, get their haircut, play board games like chess and Scrabble, watch movies, participate in skills training workshops and catch-up classing for English and Math, receive counseling and medical care, garden, run around, run around and receive lots of love and encouragement. And soon we will be offering IT classes.
At the center, we are able to bond with the children and create trust. By forging strong relationships with the kids still living on the streets we are able to identity those who are ready to leave street life behind. Building a solid foundation between us and the kids, plays a very important role in the child not returning to the street after we have moved them to our transitional home.
Our weekly program
Every week, we purchase food (beans, posho and millet), fruits and vegetables, spices and other cooking items — enough to provide two meals per day for approximately 100 street kids, over the course of three days. We also provide the kids with quality skin care products, laundry soap, toothbrushes and paste, among other things. But we want to do more.
What it costs
On average it costs 900,000 UGX (roughly $250) per week to run our Drop-In Center. Our goal is to be able to provide our services to the children on a daily basis. To accomplish that goal, we will need to raise approximately $2,000 per month.