We have been told many times that street children are lazy, unintelligent, that they would rather beg from tourists than work and that they have no sense of pride. Our experience of working with street children couldn’t be more different. It takes hard work, tenacity and inventiveness to survive on the street, and no child wants to be there.
A case in point is Grant, a hardened street child who has been on the street for many years. When we started building the Halfway House at the end of June Grant saw an opportunity to get off the street, earn some money and restore some of his battered pride. Grant joined the buidling team as a labourer and soon gained a reputation as the hardest worker on the site. He refused to stop and rest, and just kept on going throughout the day, every day. Not content with working throughout the day, Grant also took on the role of night watchman and spent everynight sitting by a camp fire keeping watch over the site.
Now that the building has finished and the site empty of workers Grant has become the caretaker and watchman, looking after the site all day, every day.
These are not the actions of a lazy street child who would prefer to beg on the streets – these are the actions of a young man full of pride who wants to make something of himself. We look forward to helping Grant on his journey as a resident of the Halfway House when we open the doors in November.
If you would like to help us to help Grant and the other street children of Kabale please click here to make a monthly donation to support our street children programme in Uganda – no amount is too small, just £2 a month will go a long way to helping Grant and his friends.
Also published on Medium.